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Reed's involvement took many forms, and the files reflect his participation on the Board ofDirectors from the initial incorporation through 1992 with minutes, correspondence and businessrecords.

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F19 Correspondence, 1977-1992 F20 Events, 1978-1989 Programs, flyers, clippings, notes, and other material related to readings, institutes, celebrations for new publications, and other events sponsored by the BCF.

Professional Activities is divided into two subseries: VII.1.

F15 Bylaws and articles of incorporation, [1977] F16 Clippings, 1984-1992 F17 Conferences, 1977-1991 Identification badges and programs related to ABA, MLA, and library conferences, which Reed attended to promote BCF.

These files reflect his different levels of involvement in differentactivities.

Freedom Forum, 1991-1993 Publications.

Reed also founded There City Cinemato promote multi-cultural film, video, and artists of Northern California, and files for thisorganization are present for 1986-1989.

F80 Correspondence, 1969-1988 Poster removed to oversize (L).

From the start, Reed's iconoclasm has been aimed not only at the Western tradition,which has attempted to monopolize the world at the expense of other versions ofexperience, but at the black tradition as well. Reed's first novel, ers, parodied Ralph Ellison's --for many critics, themasterwork of African American fiction and black autobiography in general--at a momentwhen black studies was just being established and the principal critical approach was adocumentary one that emphasized black art's sociopolitical aspects. For Reed to be seen assatirizing the black literary tradition in a period of Black Power and the long overduerecuperation and reassessment of that very tradition was not likely to endear him toeither white liberals or black cultural nationalists.

F81 Grants and awards [lists], 1969-1974 F82 P.E.N.

The risk of censure and ridicule notwithstanding, Reed always has gone against thegrain of the prevailing critical-polemical fashion--a sign of his fierce independence asan artist and thinker. He has insisted continually on his right to do things his own way,and possesses an uncanny skill at pinpointing the follies and inconsistencies of manyaspects of ourconsensus reality. Although Reed prefers to ride ahead of the herd,he is viewed in certain quarters as conservative, even reactionary--a judgment of his ownposition that he satirized in "The Reactionary Poet" in his third collection ofpoems, (1978).

On the local level, he headed California Poetry in the schools for ashort time.

F9 The Authors Guild, Inc., 1969-1975 Reed is a member.

Moving to New York City in 1962, Reed served as editor of a Newark, New Jersey, weeklyand helped establish the legendary one of the first andbest-known of the so-called underground newspapers. Reed also was a member of the UmbraWriters Workshop, one of the organizations instrumental in the creation of the Black Artsmovement and its efforts to establish a Black Aesthetic.

F6 American Civil Liberties Union, 1978 Reed received an ACLU Award on June 12, 1978.

Professional activities (cont'd) Series VII.2.

He served as a judge in a number ofliterary prize and grant competitions, including the National Endowment for the Humanities andthe MacArthur Fellowship.

F18 Contemporary American Literature, 1981 Anthology/Catalog paste-ups.

F29 Black Poets Reading, Inc., 1971 46 Series VII.

Reed's efforts to promote new and lesser-known talentis also documented in the files of the Pushcart Prizes, which give awards to outstanding workfrom small presses.