The Art and Activism of Marion Perkins: “To see reality in a new light” edited by Julia Perkins, Michael Flug and David Lusenhof preserves the art of Marion Perkins (1908-1961), a self-taught sculpture who became one of the most important visual artists in the Chicago Renaissance. Now fifty years after his death, Perkins work has inspired a new audience of artists, art enthusiast and art historians to study the rich cultural history of Chicago’s black artists and writers. This book includes commentary, photography and documents from the 2009 year-long exhibit held at the Chicago Public Library’s Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Third World Press was pleased to partner with the Harsh Society on the production of this book, which will serve as the official archival record of the exhibit.On preserving the art and legacy of Marion Perkins“Through his art, Marion Perkins imparted social and political commentary on the injustices and challenges faced by African Americans during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. This catalogue is a tribute to the man and the exhibition “‘to see reality in a new light’:the Art & Activism of Marion Perkins,” which marked the first comprehensive survey of his legacy and contribution to the landscape of American art.” —Julia Perkins
Woodie King Jr
New Plays for the Black Theater
An anthology of short plays of some of the well known and highly respected African American playwrights. A glimpse into the early work of some very successful writers.
The People of Clarendon County
This play is about the parents in South Carolina who risked their lives to file the first legal challenge to segregation in public schools. Their case led to Brown v. Board of Education and the historic 1954 Supreme Court decision outlawing segregation. The book includes biographical information on Ossie Davis; photographs; accounts of the civil rights struggle; and essays, based on the philosophy Aesthetic Realism, which explain the cause of and answer to racism.
The Screenwriter's Guidebook
Christine Houston wrote Two Twenty Seven, a play about her childhood growing up at
227 E. 48th Street, located in what is now known as Bronzeville. She went on to win
the ANTA West, the Lorraine Hansberry and the Norman Lear Playwriting contests.
The latter took her to Los Angeles where she wrote a teleplay for the TV series The
Jeffersons. Marla Gibbs, one of the stars of The Jeffersons, performed the play at her
theater and received the NAACP Image award for best actress, while Mrs. Houston
received the NAACP Image award for playwriting. Mrs. Houston went on to become
a staff writer on the Punky Brewster TV series, and in 1985, Two Twenty-Seven was
adapted to television and became NBC’S hit television series 227. Professor Houston
continues to write for stage and screen. Most recently, she finished her first novel called
Laughing Through the Tears and co-wrote a textbook with Christine List entitled, The
Screenwriter's Guidebook: Learning from African American Film and Television Writers.