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Professional Activities, 1956-1994Extent: 3 linear ft.
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,  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.
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).