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Redmond, Eugene and Mary Lindsay lecture at the University of Connecticut

 Digital Record


  • 1981 February 24


Hale Smith introduces Eugene Redmond and Mary Lindsay. Mr. Redmond provides some personal background before moving on to discuss the importance of the phase "What's Happening?" Ms. Lindsay discussed prima donnas.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Lindsey is originally from Detroit, Michigan, and received her Masters in music from Michgan State University. She was awarded a Fullbright Scholarship to continue her studies in Munich, Salzburg and Milan, where she resided at the time of this recording. Well-known in European opera circles, there is little biographical information on Ms. Lindsey available.

[Information from recording 2015-0002/RR216-217.]

Eugene B. Redmond was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He earned his bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University (SIU) in 1964, and his master's degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1966, both in English Literature. He became a teacher-counselor at Southern Illinois University's Experiment in Higher Education, in East St. Louis, where he worked under the direction of Dr. Edward W. Crosby, his mentor, until 1969. He left SIU to teach at Oberlin College for a year, and then joined the faculty at California State University, Sacramento, as a professor of English. In 1985 he returned to East St. Louis as the special assistant to the superintendent for cultural and language arts at the East St. Louis School District until 1989. He taught at Wayne State University (1989–1990), before joining the faculty at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), where he is currently an emeritus professor of English.

Redmond’s published works include a pamphlet poem and six poetry collections, as well as numerous contributions to journals and anthologies. He has edited two anthologies of African-American poetry and eight works by Henry Dumas. Dumas had taught at nearby Hiram College before he was shot down in a New York subway, in a case of mistaken identity. It was Dr. Crosby who pushed to have SIU put Dumas's writings into publication and urged Redmond to edit the works, which Redmond continues to do to this day.

In 1976, Redmond was named Poet Laureate of East St. Louis.

Redmond published his survey and analysis of 200 years of African-American poetry, Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry, A Critical History, in 1976. He is the founding editor of Drumvoices Revue, a multicultural literary journal jointly published by the English Department of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club.

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1 Reels (Magnetic tape audio recordings) : RR 257 1 reel, 1:21:29; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester.

Existence and Location of Originals

Original audio recordings reside in the University of Connecticut, Black Experience in the Arts Collection, Archives & Special Collections, UConn Library.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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