Subseries 2.7
Other writings, 1949-1992
Boxes 55-59; OP 9-10, 12-13

Scope and Content Note

This subseries consists of other writings by Killens, including critical writing, documentaries, interviews of Killens, poetry, and short stories. Drafts, edited proofs, and published versions of critical works give a sense of Killens's place in contemporary society through the ethical issues he takes up in his essays and the types of books he was asked to introduce. Drafts of unpublished poetry and short stories, as well as typescripts and notes for Tent City, a proposed documentary on Fayette County, Tennessee, demonstrate the breadth of Killens's writing interests.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by record type, then in chronological order with undated first.

Critical writings
Box Folder Content
55 9 "The Afro-American Writer in the Seventies," typescript, undated
55 10 "Back to the Old Country," typescript, undated
55 11 "Belafonte Sings the Blues and Other Folk Songs," typescript and notes, undated
55 12 "The Impact of Richard Wright Upon Afro-American Literature," typescript, undated
55 13 "John Oliver Killens Issue," published version, Shooting Star Review, Vol. 8, No. 1, undated
55 14 "Like It Is" endorsement, undated
55 15 "The 'New Negro' Comedians," typescript, undated
55 16 "The Novel of Affirmation : Creative Writing and the Novel of Dimensional Reality," typescripts, undated
55 17 "On Pushkin" and "The Great Black Russian," manuscript and typescripts, undated
56 1 "Paul Robeson: Portrait of a People's Artist," typescript, undated
56 2 "The Responsibility of the Black Writer to the Community," typescript, undated
56 3 "To Black and Unknown Bards," typescripts, undated
56 4 "For National Freedom," published version, new foundations, Summer 1949
56 5 "Rose Morgan, Beauty Queen," typescript, 1954
56 6 "An Evening with Belafonte," typescript, circa 1957
56 7 "How Long is a Moment, Mr. Faulkner?" typescripts, circa 1957
56 8 "The Capstone of Negro Education," typescript, circa 1960s
56 9 "Public Relations and the New African Nations," typescripts, circa 1962
56 10 "Support Christmas Boycott," published version, The Illustrated News, Vol. 3, No. 24, November 25, 1963
56 11 "Explanation of the Black Psyche," published version, New York Times, June 7, 1964
56 12 "Operation Head Start: Toward Fulfillment or Frustration?", typescript, circa 1966
56 13 "Tale of Two Cities, West Virginia State College," typescripts, 1966
56 14 "Negroes Have a Right to Fight Back," typescript and published version, The Saturday Evening Post, July 2, 1966
56 15 "The Inner City Cultural Center," sketch of proposal for Langston Hughes Memorial Library, June 1967
56 16 "Kokomo," typescripts, published as "Growing Up in Harlem," Boy's Life, November 1967
56 17 "We Must Create a New Image," published version, Brooklyn Record, Vol. 1, No. 2, August 1968
56 18 "A Trail of Two Cities," 1968-1969
56 19 "The Trouble With Negroes: They Strayed Too Far From Jesus," typescripts, 1970s
56 20 "The Denmark Conspiracy (An Introduction)," typescript, published in The Trial Record of Denmark Vesey, 1970
56 21
56 22 "The Denmark Conspiracy (An Introduction)" and The Trial Record of Denmark Vesey, galley proofs, version 1, 1970 [2 of 3]
57 1 "The Denmark Conspiracy (An Introduction)" and The Trial Record of Denmark Vesey, galley proofs, version 1, 1970 [3 of 3]
OP9 - "The Denmark Conspiracy (An Introduction)" and The Trial Record of Denmark Vesey, galley proofs, version 2, 1970
OP10 - "The Denmark Conspiracy (An Introduction)" and The Trial Record of Denmark Vesey, galley proofs, version 3, 1970
57 2 "The Denmark Conspiracy (An Introduction)," reviews, 1970
57 3 "Our Struggle Is Not To Be White Men in Black Skin," published version, reprinted from TV Guide, July 25, 1970
57 4 "Black Labor and the Black Liberation Movement," published version, The Black Scholar, October 1970
57 5 "Another Time When Black Was Beautiful," manuscript, published in Black World, No. 20, November 1970
57 6 "The Black Culture Generation Gap," published version, Black World, August 1973
57 7 "Black Man in China," typescripts and manuscripts, published as "Black Man in the New China," 1976
57 8 "The Resurrection of Alexander Pushkin," typescript, January 1977; printed, Oiahnews, Vol. 2, No. 1, Spring 1977
57 9 "Lorraine Hansberry (Portrait of a People's Artist)," typescript, published as "Lorraine Hansberry: On Time!" Freedomways, No. 4, 1979
57 10 "Can We Really Get it if We Want?," manuscript, circa 1982
57 11 "Some Black Long Distance Runners: the Quest Continues," typescript, circa 1982
57 12 "What Went Wrong?," typescript and published version, National Leader, 1982
57 13 "The Responsibility of the Writer to the Community," typescript, published in The Crisis, March 1982
57 14 "An Act of Great Love and Commitment," typescripts, foreword for Witherspoon by Lance Jeffers, 1983
57 15 "The Distinct Black Voice From Dixie," manuscripts, circa 1984
57 16 "African Activists in America," typescripts, 1984
57 17 "After the Victory--Continue the Momentum," manuscript, 1984
57 18 "The Half Ain't Never Been Told," typescripts and correspondence, in Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series, 1984
57 19 "The Literary Genius of Alice Childress," typescripts, published in Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation, 1984
57 20 "The Quantum Leap," typescripts, 1984
57 21 "The People's Communicator," typescript, published in The Crisis, Vol. 91, No. 2, February 1984
57 22 "Why Must Jesse Run?," typescript and published version, The New Jacksonian, Vol. 1, No. 1, February 1984
57 23 "We Can Win, But Only if We Unify," typescripts and published version, The Sun City, 1985
57 24 "Charles Wilbert White (Portrait of a People's Artist)," typescript, published as "Charles White: The People's Artist," Georgia Review, No. 40, Summer 1986
57 25 "Return of the Native (or You Can Go Home Again if You Don't Wear Out Your Welcome)," typescript, circa 1986
57 26 "To Margaret Walker Alexander," typescript, published in The Zora Neale Hurston Forum, 1987
57 27 Preface, Blood on the Forge by William Attaway, typescripts, 1987
57 28 Foreword, The Choice by Samuel Yette, typescript, 1990
Documentaries
57 29 Tent City, fragment, circa 1962
57 30 Tent City, notes, 1962
57 31 Tent City, research 1962
58 1 Tent City, typescripts, 1962
58 2 Killens, John O. and Vincent Harding, The Other American Revolution, television documentary for the Institute of the Black World, correspondence and typescripts, 1975-1981
58 3 Killens, John O. and Vincent Harding, The Other American Revolution, early typescript, 1975 [1 of 2]
58 4 Killens, John O. and Vincent Harding, The Other American Revolution, television documentary for the Institute of the Black World, 1975 [2 of 2]
Interviews of Killens
58 5 Unidentified fragment, undated
OP12 - Interviewed by Barbara Davis, published in The Sun Reporter, Vol. 28, No. 5, March 13, 1971
58 6 Interviewed by Robert Taylor," Chalk, cheese and cotillions," published in Boston Sunday Globe, March 14, 1971
OP13 - Interviewed by Sharon Bell Mathis, "A New Vision for Black People," published in Third World, Vol. 3, No. 10, March 31, 1972
58 7 Interviewed by Percy Sutton, typescript, circa 1977
58 8 Interviewed by Revish Windham, "The Long Distance Runner: An Interview with John Oliver Killens," published in Black Forum, Vol. 2, No. 2, Fall/Winter 1978
58 9 Interviewed by Michael S. Harper, correspondence and typescripts, September 1979
58 10 Interviewed by Kenneth Peoples, Jr., "The Artist as Liberator: An Interview with John Oliver Killens," published in Community Review, Fall 1984
Poetry
58 11 Drafts
58 12 Notes
Short stories
58 13 "The Greatest Show on Earth," typescript, circa 1976
58 14 "Love Babs," typescript
58 15 "The Plan," typescript
59 1 "Soul City, U.S.A.," typescripts
59 2 "The Stick Up," typescript
Other
59 3 Proposal for book on Africa, circa 1963
59 4 Quotes on others' work, circa 1969
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