- First World Festival of Negro Arts
- Call number
- Sc MG 220
- Physical description
- .4 linear feet
- Preferred Citation
- First World Festival of Negro Arts. United States Committee. Press agent's files, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library
- Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
- Access to materials
- Restricted access. Request access to this collection.
The records of the First World Festival of Negro Arts, U.S. Committee Press Agent Files consist of minutes of committee meetings, correspondence pertaining to the planning for American participation in the festival, pre-festival informational packets, biographical information of festival participants and U.S. Committee members, lists of material sent to the festival, press releases, material regarding a reception held for President Leopold Senghor of Senegal, and post-Festival reports.
The First World Festival of Negro Arts took place April 1-24, 1966 in Dakar, Senegal and demonstrated the cultural ties between African nations and the rest of the world, and the impact of black culture upon world culture. The festival involved the participation of forty-five African, European, West Indian, and North and South African countries. Conceived by Senegalese President Leopold Sedar Senghor, the festival highlighted black literature, music, theater, visual arts, film and dance.
The festival was held under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the government of Senegal and the Society of African Culture. While most other nations relied on governmental procedures to arrange participation in the festival, the United States formed a private, volunteer committee. Mrs. Virginia Inness-Brown and Dr. John A. Davis chaired the U.S. Committee and coordinated American representation at the festival. Broad based funding sources were the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Information Agency, Agency for International Development, foundations, corporations and private donors.
Source of acquisitionMuseum of the City of New York, 10/--/84
- African American artists
- African American arts
- African Americans in the performing arts
- Art festivals -- Africa
- Blacks in the performing arts
- Festivals -- Africa
- Performing arts festivals -- Africa
Using the collection
LocationSchomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037-1801