New PDF release: A Dancer in the Revolution: Stretch Johnson, Harlem

By Howard Johnson,Mark Naison,Wendy Johnson,Mark D. Naison

ISBN-10: 0823256537

ISBN-13: 9780823256532

The lifetime of Howard Johnson, nicknamed “Stretch” as a result of his peak (6'5"), epitomizes the cultural and political odyssey of a iteration of African american citizens who reworked the U.S. from a closed society to a multiracial democracy. Johnson’s long-awaited memoir lines his direction from firstborn of a multiclass/multiethnic” family members in New Jersey to dancer in Harlem’s Cotton membership to communist adolescence chief and, later, professor of Black reviews. A Dancer within the Revolution is a strong assertion approximately Black resilience and triumph amid refined and particular racism within the United States.

Johnson’s enticing, fantastically written memoir offers a window into way of life in Harlem—neighborhood lifestyles, arts and tradition, and politics—from the Nineteen Thirties to the Nineteen Seventies, whilst the modern Black group was once being shaped. A Dancer within the Revolution explores Johnson’s twenty-plus years within the Communist celebration and
illuminates in compelling aspect how the Harlem department functioned and flourished within the Thirties and ’40s. Johnson thrived as a charismatic chief, utilizing the connections he outfitted up as an athlete and dancer to create alliances among communist firms and a cross-section of the Black group. In his memoir, Johnson additionally exposes the homoerotic tourism that used to be a function of Harlem’s nightlife within the Nineteen Thirties. a few of America’s prime white literary, musical, and inventive figures have been drawn to Harlem not just for the community’s creative creativity yet to have interaction in illicit sex—gay and straight—with their Black counterparts.

A Dancer within the Revolution is a useful contribution to the literature on Black political proposal and pragmatism. It finds the original position that Black dancers and artists carry in civil rights targets and anti-racism campaigns within the usa and past. furthermore, the lifetime of “Stretch” Johnson illustrates how political activism engenders not just social swap but additionally own achievement, a cognizance of desires now not deferred yet relatively pursued and accomplished. Johnson’s trip bears witness to serious sessions and occasions that formed the Black and American society within the process.

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