The one thing I think that must be guarded against … in our efforts to create a black image and to assert our quality, our character, our blackness, our beauty, and all that, the art form must remain one of high level. I think of Ralph Ellison who always said, ‘I want to be the right arm, the themes of my people, but I want to be a great writer regardless.’
Artist Hale Woodruff bolsters his argument with a quote from Ralph Ellison, who would have turned 100 today.
Oral history interview with Hale Woodruff, 1968 Nov. 18
I remember being very impressed by Invisible Man for Bill Kenney’s course on “Afro American Literature” at Manhattan College.