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Dancing in BlacknessA Memoir$
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Halifu Osumare

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056616

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056616.001.0001

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Coming of Age through (Black) Dance in the San Francisco Bay Area

Coming of Age through (Black) Dance in the San Francisco Bay Area

(p.18) 1 Coming of Age through (Black) Dance in the San Francisco Bay Area
Dancing in Blackness

Halifu Osumare

University Press of Florida

This chapter tells the author’s beginnings in dance in high school and her developing dance training as an undergraduate at San Francisco State University. She also probes the unique qualities of the SF Bay Area in the latter 60s, specifically as it relates to the Black Arts Movement-West, the hippie counterculture movement, and black militancy leading to the formation of Oakland’s Black Panther Party and the SF State Strike for Ethnic Studies. She shows how she situated dance as her unique revolutionary statement and took this approach when leaving the US for Europe as a young woman.

Keywords:   Black Arts Movement, San Francisco State University, Counterculture, Hippie, Black Panther Party, SF State Strike for Ethnic Studies, Dance as politics

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