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Askia M. Touré

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San Francisco State University

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San Francisco State University

1600 Holloway Avenue Cesar Chavez Student Center M-100D

San Francisco, California,94132

United States

Company Description

San Francisco State University, with a student population of over 29,000 students, is one of the 23 campuses that make up the California State University system, the largest system of higher education in the country. SFSU's mission is to create and maintain an...more

Background Information

Affiliations

Black Arts Movement

Cofounder


African-American Master Artists

Member


Afro World

Founder


Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

Member


Umbra Cuscinetti Inc.

Founder


SNCC Legacy Project

Educator, Poet and Member


Education

Dayton Roosevelt High School


San Francisco State College


Web References(64 Total References)


www.centerforblackliterature.org

Askia M. Touré is a former member of the Umbra writers group and a cofounder of the Black Arts Movement.
He taught in the first Black Studies program at San Francisco State University in 1968. He was Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) activist and a cowriter of the 1966 SNCC Black Power Position Paper, which helped transform SNCC into a Black Power organization. He is the author of eight volumes of poetry and the winner of the 1989 American Book Award for "From the Pyramids to the Projects. He received the Stephen Henderson Poetry Award from the African-American Literature and Culture Society in 2003 for "Dawnsong! He served as feature writer for "Liberator Magazine," editor-at-large for the "Journal of Black Poetry," contributing editor to "Black Dialogue," and editor of "Black Star. Touré resides in Boston, and is a member of African-American Master Artists in Residence at Northeastern University.


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Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Askia Toure and Everett Hoagland, some of the leading voices of the Black Arts Movement of the Sixties, will be featured in Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander.
Askia M. Toure' is a co-founder of the Black Arts Movement, and fellow pioneer of the first Black Studies program at San Francisco State. His books include From the Pyramids to the Projects, winner of the 1989 American Book Award, and Dawn-Song! (the first Nile Valley Epic written in the English language), winner of the 2003 Stephen Henderson Poetry Award.


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Umbra (1962) was a collective of young Black writers based in Manhattan's Lower East Side; major members were writers Steve Cannon, Tom Dent, Al Haynes, David Henderson, Calvin C. Hernton, Joe Johnson, Norman Pritchard, Lenox Raphael, Ishmael Reed, Lorenzo Thomas, James Thompson, Askia M. Touré (Roland Snellings; also a visual artist), Brenda Walcott, and musician-writer Archie Shepp.
Touré, a major shaper of "cultural nationalism," directly influenced Jones. Along with Umbra writer Charles Patterson and Charles's brother, William Patterson, Touré joined Jones, Steve Young, and others at BARTS. From On Guard, Dent, Johnson, and Walcott along with Hernton, Henderson, and Touré established Umbra. When Umbra split up, some members, led by Askia Touré and Al Haynes, moved to Harlem in late 1964 and formed the nationalist-oriented "Uptown Writers Movement," which included poets Yusef Rahman, Keorapetse "Willie" Kgositsile from South Africa, and Larry Neal. Additionally, Askia Touré was a visiting professor at San Francisco State and was to become a leading (and longlasting) poet as well as, arguably, the most influential poet-professor in the Black Arts movement. This grouping of Ed Bullins, Dingane Joe Goncalves, LeRoi Jones, Sonia Sanchez, Askia M. Touré, and Marvin X became a major nucleus of Black Arts leadership. Special issues were given to guest editors who included Ahmed Alhamisi, Don L. Lee ( Haki R. Madhubuti), Clarence Major, Larry Neal, Dudley Randall, Ed Spriggs, and Askia Touré.


www.thehistorymakers.com

Biography (Askia M. Touré)
Professor and poet Askia M. Touré was born on October 13, 1938 in Raleigh, North Carolina to Clifford Roland Snellings, Jr. and Nannie Lynette Bullock. Growing up, Touré attended Willard and Wogaman elementary schools. In 1952, Touré won a Motion Poetry Association Award while attending Roosevelt High School. Two years later, he participated in a successful sit-in at Roosevelt. Touré graduated from high school in 1956 and joined the United States Air Force. While serving alongside Robert Green of the Flamingos and Little Willie John, Touré wrote a letter to Congressman Adam Clayton Powell that resulted in a government investigation of racism at Wordsmith Air Force Base in Michigan. After being discharged in 1959, Touré took art classes at the Dayton Art Institute. He then moved to New York City and joined the Art Student League and the Umbra Poets. He and his associates Tom Feelings, Tom Dent, David Henderson and Calvin Herndon were mentored by Langston Hughes. Touré participated in the Fulton (Street) Art Fair in Brooklyn in 1961 and 1962 and the Black Arts Academy. Influenced by artists and writers like Ernest Crichlow, Jacob Lawrence, Leo Carty, Elombe Brathe, Ronnie Braithwaite, Bob and Jean Gumbs and Rose Nelmes of the Grandessa Models, Touré became a poet who championed a black aesthetic. In 1961, Touré joined Max Roach, Abby Lincoln, Alex Prempe, May Mallory and Maya Angelou at the United Nations to protest the assassination of Congo's Patrice Lumumba in 1961. Touré was a part of the Atlanta staff of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and joined the Revolutionary Action Movement (RAM) in Mississippi in the Spring of 1964. In 1965, he founded Afro World and organized the Harlem Uptown Youth Conference. Touré also participated in the rise of the Black Panther Party and co-wrote SNCC's 1966 "Black Power Position Paper." In 1967, Touré joined the staff of Nathan Hare at San Francisco State University and taught African history in the first Africana Studies Program. Touré is the author of five books and the recipient of the 1989 American Book Award for Literature (From the Pyramids to the Projects) and the 2000 Stephen E. Henderson Poetry Award (Dawnsong). In 1996, he was honored with the Gwendolyn Brooks Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gwendolyn Brooks Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Touré resides and teaches in Boston, Massachusetts. He is currently working on a film about the Black Arts Movement. Touré was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 10, 2007.


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Umbra (1962) was a collective of young Black writers based in Manhattan's Lower East Side; major members were writers Steve Cannon, Tom Dent, Al Haynes, David Henderson, Calvin C. Hernton, Joe Johnson, Norman Pritchard, Lenox Raphael, Ishmael Reed, Lorenzo Thomas, James Thompson, Askia M. Touré (Roland Snellings, also a visual artist), Brenda Walcott, and musician-writer Archie Shepp.
Touré, a major shaper of "cultural nationalism," directly influenced Jones. Along with Umbra writer Charles Patterson and Charles' brother William Patterson, Touré joined Jones, Steve Young, and other at BARTS. From On Guard, Dent, Johnson, and Walcott along with Hernton, Henderson, and Touré established Umbra. When Umbra split up, some members, led by Askia M. Touré and Al Haynes, moved to Harlem in late 1964 and formed the nationalist-oriented "Uptown Writers Movement," which included poets Yusef Rahman, Keorapetse "Willie" Kgositsile from South Africa, and Larry Neal. Additionally, Askia Touré was a visiting professor at San Francisco State and was to become a leading (and long lasting) poet as well as, arguably, the most influential poet-professor in the Black Arts movement. Playwright Ed Bullins and poet Marvin X had established Black Arts West, and Dingane Joe Goncalves , , LeRoi Jones, Sonia Sanchez, Askia M. Touré , and Marvin X became a major nucleus of Black Arts Leadership. Special issues were given to guest editors who included Ahmed Alhamisi, Don L. Lee ( Haki Madhubuti ), Clarence Major, Larry Neal, Dudley Randall, Ed Spriggs, and Askia Touré.


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