This essay, written by one of AfriCOBRA’s members, places the group as an aesthetic life force and a way of seeing the visual world coupled with the social, spiritual, relational, and political realities. The members of AfriCOBRA agitated for a new aesthetic, a new sense of purpose, a new reason for making “art” “IMAGES”: positive images of Black pride, Black self-determination, weapon images in and for the struggle to heal the minds and the souls of Black folk throughout the African Diaspora.
Research Article|May 01 2012
Remembering AfriCOBRA and the Black Arts Movement in 1960s Chicago
Napoleon Jones-Henderson graduated from George Washington Carver High School and the Art Institute of Chicago. He has taught at various American colleges and universities as well as in Africa and the Caribbean. He is executive director of the Research Institute of African and African Diaspora Arts, Inc., in Roxbury, Massachusetts
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Nka (2012) 2012 (30): 98-103.