Several authors have examined the "rise and fall" of "West Coast jazz" in the 1940s and 1950s, and a number of scholars have studied black politics in Los Angeles. In this fascinating and important new book, however, historian Daniel Widener draws attention to many lesser-known writers, musicians, visual artists, and filmmakers who constituted the Black Arts Movement in southern California. Widener argues that these artists and their movement occupied a central role in the African American freedom struggle.
Required Publisher's Statement
Published as Leonard, K. A. (2011). Black Arts West: Culture and Struggle in Postwar Los Angeles, by Daniel Widener. California History, 89(1), 75 © 2011 by the Regents of the University of California/Sponsoring Society or Association.
Leonard, Kevin Allen, "Review of: Black Arts West: Culture and Struggle in Postwar Los Angeles, by Daniel Widener" (2011). History Faculty and Staff Publications. 57.