Audio Recording Interview with Val Gray Ward of the Kuumba Workshop, Chicago, Illinois, part 1
Interview with Val Gray Ward of the Kuumba Workshop, Chicago, Illinois, part 1
About this Item
- Interview with Val Gray Ward of the Kuumba Workshop, Chicago, Illinois, part 1
- Metcalfe, Ralph H., 1948- (Collector)
- Ward, Val Gray (Interviewee)
Created / Published
- Chicago, Illinois, May 27, 1977
- - African Americans
- - Ethnography
- - Interviews
- - Illinois -- Chicago
- - Val Gray Ward Kuumba Workshop, part 1
- - Part 1 of a 2-part interview with Val Gray Ward of the Kuumba Workshop, recorded at 2222 S. Michigan, Chicago; Ward born in Mound Bayou MS in 1932, always had ethnic pride, came to Chicago in 1950, suffered mild culture shock, could not understand why northern blacks did not want to go south, "they're living under the same thing"; Gray's family lives on the MS-AL border, they were always protected, Ward married young, has 5 chidren, has been interpreting black characters via the Kuumba theater workshop since 1968, started at Ward's home at 1712 E. 84th Place, a precursor organization was the Artists for Freedom, then Ward moved to the South Side community art center for 6 years, at present location for 3 years, at that time the workshop did not take funding grants, about ideas concerning Superfly and Sweetback (Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song) in popular culture, staged a forum on Sweetback with prominent individuals, about the events that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, about the expansion and impact of Kuumba, about the level of consciousness in the black community, about a cultural guide to Chicago, black doctors and lawyers should support Kuumba, about performances in Africa, start of discussion of the 12 principles of Kuumba.
- audiocassette, C-90
Call Number/Physical Location
- Call number: AFC 1981/004: AFS 20647a
- MBRS Shelflist: RYA 0688
- Field Project Identifier: CH77-T124-C
- Chicago Ethnic Arts Project collection (AFC 1981/004)
- American Folklife Center
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Credit line: Chicago Ethnic Arts Project collection (AFC 1981/004), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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Chicago citation style:
Metcalfe, Ralph H, and Val Gray Ward. Interview with Val Gray Ward of the Kuumba Workshop, Chicago, Illinois, part 1. Chicago, Illinois, 1977. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc1981004_afs20647a/.
APA citation style:
Metcalfe, R. H. & Ward, V. G. (1977) Interview with Val Gray Ward of the Kuumba Workshop, Chicago, Illinois, part 1. Chicago, Illinois. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc1981004_afs20647a/.
MLA citation style:
Metcalfe, Ralph H, and Val Gray Ward. Interview with Val Gray Ward of the Kuumba Workshop, Chicago, Illinois, part 1. Chicago, Illinois, 1977. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc1981004_afs20647a/>.