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Where was the struggle to understand black art during the Civil Rights Movement waged?

The art that grew out of the Civil Rights Movement is critical to understanding this tumultuous time. The struggle was waged on two fronts: in the streets and in the realm of images and ideas that proclaimed the awakening of a people in search of self-discovery, self-determination, and self-legitimization. Black artists asked themselves, “What kind of art should a black artist make in these times?”


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