APRIL 3rd, 2021 Social Justice Speaker Series


CREATING WITH PURPOSE: The Politics of Being a Community Artist


Revolutionary poet, playwright, essayist, and scholar-activist Amiri Baraka asserts “The artist’s role is to raise the consciousness of the people. To make them understand life, the world and themselves more completely.” This seems like an incredibly serious and lofty undertaking for an artist, but it was a responsibility that Baraka deemed as non-negotiable for an artist committed to transformative social justice.

D. Noble’s talk and spoken-word performance will explore the merits of Baraka’s claims and unpack what it means to be a community artist. Moreover, D. Noble, activist, teacher, radical culture worker, professor in the African American & Diaspora Studies at UNCG, will argue for the necessity of black radical community artists and cultural workers and discuss their historical importance to black liberation struggle.

This talk invites us to think about the political dimensions and transformative possibilities of radical art and what is required to foster the next generation of revolutionary community artists.