New Directions


Editor’s note: The following was edited from a recent taped conversation with Stephen E. Henderson, co-author of “The Militant Black Writer” and editor of an anthology, “Understanding the New Black Poetry, ” among other published works. Professor Henderson, who is now teaching in the Department of Afro-American Studies at Howard University, was until last June the director of the Institute for the Arts and the Humanities at the university. Before coming to Howard, he was the chairman of the English Department at Morehouse College in Atlanta. The Institute for the Arts and the Humanities, which is no longer in operation, came into being in the early 1970s and was a major force in its early years in bringing scores of Black writers and folklorists to the campus. Its documentation series, both on audio and video tape, contain a wealth of material that cannot be matched elsewhere. The contributions of Stephen Henderson, according to E. Ethelbert Miller, director of the Afro-American Resource Center at the university, “have enhanced our insight into and appreciation of Afro-American literature. ”