About the Author
Table of ContentsContents List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction: “Keep on Pushin’” 1. “I, Too, Sing America” Black Cultural Politics and the National Question 2. “Spirit in the Dark” Black Music and Black Freedom 3. “Be Real Black for Me” Embodying and Representing Blackness Epilogue: Black to the Future Notes Credits Index
What People are Saying About This
Waldo Martin takes up the charge being led by a growing number of scholars who understand the symbiotic connections between the Civil Rights/Black Power movements and black expressive culture in a myriad of forms. Throughout the highs and lows of their freedom struggle, black Americans?-in song and dance, poetry and painting, sermon and sculpture?-constructed mighty cultural armature on the front lines of a social revolution. With rigor and verve, No Coward Soldiers captures the richness and complexity of that historical moment.
Deborah E. McDowell, University of Virginia, author of Leaving Pipe Shop: Memories of Kin
Through concise and cogent observations grounded in wide-ranging interdisciplinary research, Waldo Martin's No Coward Soldiers makes a singular contribution to the literature on African-American life since World War II. Devoting special attention to music and other aspects of popular culture, Martin illuminates many of the central concerns that remain unresolved as Americans continue to debate the meaning of race. This insightful book deserves a wide readership.
Clayborne Carson, editor of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. and author of In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s