They made all sorts of incoherent noises and gestures so that the quiet home folk and the visitors from other lands silently and half-wonderingly gave way before them.
Or again, here is a little Southern town and you are in the public square. One of them was a story of a folk who found fire and then went wandering in the gloom of night seeking again the stars they had once known and lost; suddenly out of blackness they looked up and there loomed the heavens; and what was it that they said?
Finally he said, "Name me some of your Southern poets". But I will say that there are today a surprising number of white people who are getting great satisfaction out of these younger Negro writers because they think it is going to stop agitation of the Negro question.
We have had many voices of all kinds as fine as his and America was and is as deaf as she was for years to him. And what have been the tools of the artist in times gone by? Then a foreign land heard Hayes and put its imprint on him and immediately America with all its imitative snobbery woke up.
After all, who shall describe Beauty? The question comes next as to the interpretation of these new stirrings, of this new spirit: This girl is working her hands off to get out of this country so that she can get some sort of training.
This is brought to us peculiarly when as artists we face our own past as a people. Surely there are doors she might burst through, but when God makes a sculptor He does not always make the pushing sort of person who beats his way through doors thrust in his face. And then do you know what will be said?
Had you raised it in the s, the answer would be Locke. She thought she would like to study at Fontainebleau this summer where Walter Darnrosch and a score of leaders of art have an American school of music. But the application blank of this school says: Would you buy the most elaborate estate on the North Shore?
Who shall right this well-nigh universal failing? The apostle of Beauty thus becomes the apostle of Truth and Right not by choice but by inner and outer compulsion. Such is the true and stirring stuff of which romance is born and from this stuff come the stirrings of men who are beginning to remember that this kind of material is theirs; and this vital life of their own kind is beckoning them on.
As it was phrased last night it had a certain truth: Suddenly, this same past is taking on form, color, and reality, and in a half shamefaced way we are beginning to be proud of it. Once in a while through all of us there flashes some clairvoyance, some clear idea, of what America really is.
Many helped him when he asked but he was not the kind of boy that always asks. We black folk are not altogether peculiar in this. White artists themselves suffer from this narrowing of their field.
If he had been white he would have been alive today instead of dead of neglect. Further, Du Boise contended that criminality among newly freed blacks would decrease as blacks were enabled to enjoy rights on par with whites. But is that all? This girl is working her hands off to get out of this country so that she can get some sort of training.
I do not care a damn for any art that is not used for propaganda. You are getting paid to write about the kind of colored people you are writing about.
Once in a while through all of us there flashes some clairvoyance, some clear idea, of what America really is.Du Bois delivered "Criteria for Negro Art" to the Conference of the NAACP in Chicago. In it he argues not for narrow literature that bludgeons the reader with a social message but for art that works on behalf of racial advancement, deploying "Truth" to promote "universal understanding" and "Goodness" to engender "sympathy and human interest.".
Response One to “Criteria of Negro Art” W. E.
B. Dubois’s Criteria of Negro art leaves me with mixed feelings. At times I find his arguments compelling, at others bitter, dichotomous, and overly idealistic, yet throughout I find oftentimes found his prose refreshingly clear and at times even beautiful. Abstract.
This essay explores the rhetorical performance of W. E. B. Du Bois during the Harlem Renaissance as he cultivates the conditions favorable to an "authentic" African American public voice. W.E.B. DuBois ( - ), civil rights activist, prolific author, socialist and Pan-Africanist, wrote several books during his lifetime, most notably The Souls of Black Folk and Black Reconstruction in America.
He was a founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Jan 25, · In his essay “Criteria of Negro Art” (), W.E.B. DuBois is concerned with three main ideas. He is first concerned with the idea of Beauty, not as that which is in the eye of the beholder, but as that which is considered to be classical, universal, and transhistorical.
In “Criteria of Negro Art”, W.E.B Du bois claims that all art is propaganda and is created to convey a message. In addition, Du Bois believed art can be used for the purpose of racial uplift, especially in the African-American community.Download