Call and Response: The Riverside Anthology of the African American Literary Tradition counts the rings in the family tree of Black people. Like a sequence of echoes, the rings of the tree are the responses of Africans adapting to the call of America. The technique of a concentric reverberating history adds cohesion and rhythm to the information. This incredible chronology of culture is as deeply understanding of African aesthetic as it is inclusive. Here are some of the artists: Fred Douglass, Frances Harper, Nat Turner, Harriet Jacobs, Martin Delaney, Charlotte Grimke and William Wells Brown, Charles Chesnutt, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells, W. E. B. Du Bois, W. C. Handy, Mamie Smith, Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, Robert Johnson, Marcus Garvey, Alain Locke, James Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullin, Zora Neal Hurston, Jean Toomer, Sterling Brown, Richard Wright, Chester Himes, Charlie Parker, Melvin Tolson, Robert Hayden, Dudley Randal, Margaret Walker, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alice Childress, Lorraine Hansberry, Ralph Ellison, John O. Killens, James Baldwin, B. B. King, Otis Redding Aretha Franklin, Howling Wolf, Ray Charles, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield Marvin Gaye, Queen Latifah, Ice T, Gil Scott Heron, Eric B., Public Enemy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Stokley Carmichael, Angela Davis, Sonia Sanchez, Amiri Baraka, Haki Madhubuti, Nikki Givanni, Mari Evans, Maya Angelou, June Jordan, Ishmael Reed, Al Young, Toni Morrison, Toni Cade Bambara, Alice Walker, Terry McMillan, Askia Toure, August Wilson, Ana Deavere Smith, and Rita Dove. All these artists are framed in the economic, sociological, and political limitations in which their works stretched boundaries allowing breathing room for an African aesthetic (soul).
Call and Response: The Riverside Anthology of the African American Literary Tradition is the legacy of artful living.