Negro Digest
Dec 1966

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Sarah Webster Fabio

Who Speaks Negro?

A Poet's Reply to Karl Shapiro


The poet & educator Sarah Webster Fabio (1928-1979) famously responded to Karl Shapiro's essay on Mel Tolson The Poet Who Writes in 'Negro': Down With 'The Tradition': Decolonization of American Literature in the October 1965 issue of the Negro Digest. Fabio was a leader in both the Black Studies and Black Arts movements.

   Selections of Fabio's performance
poetry can be found on youtube
by clicking the album covers