Big Nommo: The Writer as Prophet

Flowers, Arthur
January 1999
Defining Ourselves: Black Writers in the 90s;1999, p147
The article asserts the author's view about the relevance of politically conscious writers in the U.S. It highlights the role of writers in harnessing the power of the word to shape reality. Specifically, African American writers must express this role by responding to the call of being the voice of the people. To do this, first, the committed writer must master the craft. Second, strive always to have a sophisticated understanding of the way of things. Third, accept the cost of being politically conscious. Fourth, avoid demagoguery.


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