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Author ORCID Identifier


Open Access Dissertation

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Program

Afro-American Studies

Year Degree Awarded


Month Degree Awarded


First Advisor

James Smethurst

Second Advisor

John Bracey

Third Advisor

Mazen Naous

Fourth Advisor

Keith Feldman

Subject Categories

Africana Studies | Comparative Literature


This dissertation is an interdisciplinary contrapuntal study of Black Arts, Black Power Movements, Palestinian Poetry of Resistance and Palestinian Nationalist movement of the 1960s and 1970s. It starts with the examination of shared historical, political cultural and aesthetic forces that propelled the emergence of these movements and how their shared ideological matrix determined the resonance of their political and artistic strategies and goals. It moves on to analyze Black discourse on the Palestine/Israeli conflict from 1948, until the 1967 War, using W.E.B. Du Bois and James Baldwin as models, showing how its key characteristics premeditated the transformation of this discourse with the emergence of the Black Arts and Black Power Movement in mid-1960s. The dissertation shows that the resonance between Black and Palestinian radical movements of the decade propelled the emergence of Black solidarity Movement with Palestinians post 1967 War. It examines major manifestations of this movement and how it impacted articulations of Black and Palestinian identity, internationalist ideology and discourse and vision of liberation. It provides close readings of Black Arts Movement and Palestinian Poetry of Resistance to show detailed aesthetic parallels between them. Finally, it outlines and examines some of the major political and cultural legacies of the connections forged between these movements: Black and Palestinian hip hop, Slam poetry, and contemporary manifestation of Black and Palestinian solidarity and their future implications.