Journal Article — An Anthem for the Dream Land: The Legacy of Poetry for the Palestinian and African-American Nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s — by Nadia Alahmed

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The article is an introduction to a larger project seeking comparisons in origin, ideology, aesthetics and political agendas of two artistic movements: The Black Arts Movement and the Palestinian Culture of Resistance, in 1960s and 1970s. The Bandung Conference in 1955 and the rise of the anti-colonial movement in Algiers and Africa in the 1950-1960s shaped the establishment of the Third World Movement, which brought forth the rise of radical political and literary nationalism in the Occupied Territories and within the African-American community. This research is an attempt to reveal the resemblance between these political ideologies and their formative impact on the political consciousness and literary expression of these two peoples. With poetry as its primary focus, the article elucidates similarities in the literary traditions, mythology and aesthetics that united African-American and Palestinian poetry in the 1960-70s in their struggle for self-determination, sovereignty and global justice.

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Alahmed, Nadia. 2009. “An Anthem for the Dream Land: The Legacy of Poetry for the Palestinian and African-American Nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s.” Pp. 123-136 in “If I touch the Depth of Your Heart … ” : The Human Promise of Poetry in Memories of Mahmoud Darwish (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Volume VII, Special Issue, 2009.) Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).

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