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University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst

W.E.B. Du Bois Department

John H. Bracey, Jr., Professor and Chair

Co-director, Graduate Certificate in African Diaspora Studies

327 New Africa House

545-5160


Contact: Tricia Loveland at (413) 545-2751 or tlovelan@afroam.umass.edu.

 

Office Hours:  By appointment only.

 

Brief Bio


Professor John H. Bracey, Jr., has taught in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst since 1972.  He is now serving a second stint as department chair, and is co-director of the department’s graduate certificate in African Diaspora Studies.  His major academic interests are in African American social history, radical ideologies and movements, and the history of African American Women and more recently the interactions between Native Americans and African Americans, and Afro-Latinos in the United States.  During the 1960s, Professor Bracey was active in the Civil Rights, Black Liberation, and other radical movements in Chicago.  Since his arrival at UMass he has maintained those interests and commitments both on campus and in the wider world. His publications include several co-edited volumes, include Black Nationalism in America (1970);  the prize winning African American Women and the Vote: 1837-1965 (1997)*; Strangers and Neighbors: Relations between Blacks and Jews in the United States (with Maurianne Adams, 1999)*; and, African American Mosaic: A Documentary History from the Slave Trade to the Twenty-First Century (with Manisha Sinha, 2004).

Professor Bracey’s scholarship also includes editorial work on the microfilm series Black Studies Research Sources (LexisNexis), which includes the Papers of the NAACP, Amiri Baraka, the Revolutionary Action Movement, A. Phillip Randolph, Mary McLeod Bethune, the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, and the Papers of Horace Mann Bond.   Professor Bracey is a co-editor with Professor James Smethurst and Professor Emerita Sonia Sanchez of SOS: Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader (2014)*.  

*starred volumes are published by the University of Massachusetts Press.


 

Curriculum Vitae

 

Publications

SOS—Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader

Edited by John H. Bracey Jr., Sonia Sanchez, and James Smethurst (September, 2014)

This volume brings together a broad range of key writings from the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, among the most significant cultural movements in American history. The aesthetic counterpart of the Black Power movement, it burst onto the scene in the form of artists’ circles, writers’ workshops, drama groups, dance troupes, new publishing ventures, bookstores, and cultural centers and had a presence in practically every community and college campus with an appreciable African American population. Black Arts activists extended its reach even further through magazines such as Ebony and Jet, on television shows such as Soul! and Like It Is, and on radio programs.

Many of the movement’s leading artists, including Ed Bullins, Nikki Giovanni, Woodie King, Haki Madhubuti, Sonia Sanchez, Askia Touré, and Val Gray Ward remain artistically productive today. Its influence can also be seen in the work of later artists, from the writers Toni Morrison, John Edgar Wideman, and August Wilson to actors Avery Brooks, Danny Glover, and Samuel L. Jackson, to hip hop artists Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and Chuck D.

SOS—Calling All Black People includes works of fiction, poetry, and drama in addition to critical writings on issues of politics, aesthetics, and gender. It covers topics ranging from the legacy of Malcolm X and the impact of John Coltrane’s jazz to the tenets of the Black Panther Party and the music of Motown. The editors have provided a substantial introduction outlining the nature, history, and legacy of the Black Arts Movement as well as the principles by which the anthology was assembled.

See University Press for more information.

 

 

Los Jacobinos Negros by C.L.R. James with an introduction by John Bracey,

(Casa De Las Americas, 2010)

We Will Return in the Whirlwind: Black Radical Organizations 1960-1975
by Muhammad Ahmad (Maxwell Stanford, Jr.) with an introduction by John Bracey, 
(Charles H. Kerr, 2007)

Facing Reality by C.L.R. James and Grace C. Lee with a new introduction by John H. Bracey,

(Charles H. Kerr, 2006)

African American Mosaic: A Documentary History from the Slave Trade to the Twenty-first Century,

with Manisha Sinha Volume One: to 1877 (Prentice Hall, 2004)

African American Mosaic: A Documentary History from the Slave Trade to the Twenty-first Century,

with Manisha Sinha Volume Two: From 1865 to the Present   (Prentice Hall, 2004)

African American Women and the Vote, 1937-1965,

with Ann D. Gordon, Bettye Collier-Thomas, Arlene Voski Avakian and Joyce Avrech Berkman

 

Strangers & Nieghbors: Relations between Blacks and Jews in the United States

by Maruianne Adams and John Bracey,with an introduction by Julian Bond

(University of Massachusetts Press, 2000)

 

Black Protest in the Sixties,

Edited by August Meier, Elliot Rudwick and John Bracey, Jr. (Markus Wiener Publishing, 1991)

The Afro-Americans: Selected Documents

with August Meier and Elliot Rudwick (Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 1972)

 

Black Matriarchy: Myth or Reality?

with August Meier and Elliot Rudwick (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 1971)

 

The Black Sociologists: The First Half Century

with August Meier and Elliot Rudwick (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 1971)

 

 

 

 

Black Nationalism in America

with August Meier and Elliot Rudwick (Indianapolis; New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1970)