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With an analysis informed by more than two decades of cultural work and activism on the frontlines, Nightmare Overhanging Darkly reviews the historic tradition of Black cultural resistance to Western imperialism and oppression. In emphasizing the process by which creative artists have initiated and influenced social change, Dr. Acklyn Lynch issues a challenge to Black cultural workers and offers Black educators a blueprint for restructuring Black colleges and universities to best assist Black empowerment. Dr. Lynch centers his study on the 1940s to the 1990s and offers critiques of the major political activists and creative artists of that period -- including Paul Robeson, Sonia Sanchez, Charlie Parker, Malcolm X, Katherine Dunham, Jeff Donaldson, Alice Walker, George Jackson, Richard Wright, Toni Cade Bambara, Romare Bearden, KRS-ONE and others. Lynch reminds us that there is an organic link between art and resistance that moves beyond art for art's sake.--Publisher's description.