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Celebrating Indiana's black artists

10/1/2019 12AM

Free presentation explores contributions of Mari Evans,
Etheridge Knight, Freddie Hubbard, Wes Montgomery


An IUPUI professor will discuss the lives and work of some of Indiana’s greatest African-American poets and musicians in a free lecture Oct. 17 at the Center for the Performing Arts.


Dr. Lasana Kazembe, IUPUI

Poets Mari Evans and Etheridge Knight and jazz musicians Freddie Hubbard and Wes Montgomery are highlighted in Arts Midwest: Poetry, People and Place, a multimedia presentation by Lasana Kazembe, Ph.D.


Kazembe will explore how these and other Hoosier artists represented a new urban industrial reality that developed in the Midwest and addressed social disillusionment across urban, rural and suburban lines. Through their work, these artists also brought the collective thoughts, sensibilities and folk wisdom of Indiana and the Midwest into the broader landscape of American artistic and intellectual traditions.


The presentation begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Center’s Studio Theater, 4 Center Green, Carmel. Admission and parking are free, and tickets are available at (317) 843-3800 or


Kazembe is an assistant professor at IUPUI, where he holds an appointment in the Department of Urban Teacher Education and a courtesy appointment in the Africana Studies Program. He is a published poet, educational consultant and scholar of the Black Arts Movement, Global Black Arts Movements and Urban Education. His latest book, Keeping Peace: Reflections on Life, Legacy, Commitment and Struggle, was published in 2018 by Third World Press Foundation.


The presentation is supported by Indiana Humanities through its INseparable Speakers Bureau, a curated list of informative presentations, discussions and workshops by Indiana scholars to help Hoosiers understand and talk about urban, suburban and rural differences.