Making Black America

The Evolution of Black Literature

Clip: Episode 1 | 52s  | Video has closed captioning.

The first episode of "Making Black America" includes an exploration of the evolution of Black Literature, including a discussion on poet Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. She influenced her fellow Black writers to expand the subjects of their work to include universal feelings, such as love, loss, aspiration, to showcase the Black experience beyond oppression by White people.

Aired: 06/16/22

Rating: NR

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