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The EBR African American Cultural Life digital collection contains photographs, posters, and pamphlets selected from the Eugene B. Redmond (EBR) Collection at Lovejoy Library.


Eugene Redmond is the Poet Laureate of East St. Louis and the author of six poetry collections including Eye in the Ceiling: Selected Poems which received the American Book Award. He is also the author of Drumvoices: The Mission of African American Poetry, A Critical History and the founding editor of Drumvoices Revue. In his poetry, Redmond has drawn on the sounds, rhythms, and themes inherent in jazz, spirituals, and bebop. His 30-year career includes work in academia at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) and California State University, Sacramento, and a constant schedule of writing, teaching, performing, and mentoring.


Throughout it all, Redmond has been both participant and observer, celebrant and witness. The Eugene B. Redmond Collection includes over 100,000 photographs, posters, and programs documenting the mosaic of African American cultural life over the last 30 years.


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Redmond's work as a poet, activist, teacher, and mentor put him in contact with other artists both iconic and unheralded. The people featured in the search box to the right sustained the Black Arts Movement and extended it through the urban renaissance of hip hop and spoken word. These people include bookstore owners and Nobel Prize winners, musicians, activists, and academics. The photographs reveal the diversity and support for the cultural and political activities that flourished across the spectrum of African American life from the 1960s to the present.


Eugene Redmond's career began in East St. Louis amidst the early excitement of the Black Arts Movement. That movement matured to become a distinctive American voice incorporating creative expression and critical engagement. Redmond was present at every step of this process: creating writing programs, organizing academic departments, supporting upstart publishing endeavors, and constantly teaching, writing, and performing. The events featured in the search box below provide a photographic and cultural record of institutional support for this movement.

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Questions about this collection? Contact Lovejoy Library at 1-618-650-4636.

This digital collection was created by Lovejoy Library in 2011. The Project Directors were Julie Hansen, Matt Paris, and Mary Rose. The original materials are preserved in the Louisa H. Bowen University Archives and Special Collections of Lovejoy Library.

This digital collection features photographs taken by Sherman Fowler, used with permission. The home page text was written by Matt Paris.

Lovejoy Library has made a diligent effort to identify the rights status of materials in this digital collection and to obtain any permission required to include them in the collection.

Please contact the Library if you have any information regarding the rights holders to these images. If you are a rights holder who does not wish an image to be displayed in the collection, please send a written request to remove the image to:

Lovejoy Library
Campus Box 1063
Edwardsville, IL 62026

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