single issue of Fire!!
was published in November; it was edited by Wallace Thurman.
The purpose of this avant-garde magazine was to provide a more
experimental outlet for young black writers. The staff of Fire!!:
Wallace Thurman, Langston
Hughes, and Zora
Neale Hurston (editors), John P. Davis (business manager),
Nugent (in charge of distribution), Aaron Douglas (cover
designer and illustrator).
The William E. Harmon Awards for Distinguished Achievement
were announced. Seven of these awards (literature, music, fine
arts, industry, science, religion, and race relations) were
open to black Americans, and the eighth award was open to any
person of American residence.
W. E. B. DuBois organized a little theatre group through The
Crisis Magazine. The group became known as the
Crigwa Players, which stood for the Crisis Guild
of Writers and Artists (the name was soon changed to Krigwa).
DuBois postulated four principles for the little theatre movement:
the plays must be about us, by us, for us, and near us. The
Harlem Branch of the New York Public Library served as the groups
home base, and two of their first performances were of Willis
Richardsons Compromise and
The Broken Banjo.
was awarded the Witter Bynner Prize for the best poetry
submitted by an American undergraduate. His award was given
based on a collection of five poems, one of which was The
House in Taos. In this very same contest, Waring
Cuney received an honorable mention.
Bennett was hired by Crisis Magazine
to write a literary and fine arts column, Ebony Flute,
that provided regular news about writers, visual and performing
artists, and musicians who were instrumental in shaping the
presented his famous manifest, "The Negro and the Racial
Mountain," in which he attacks the tendency of middle-class
blacks to suppress their Black selves and heritage in an uncritical
embrace of whiteness.
Shared one-half of the first and second prizes: Waring
Cuney for "No Images"
2nd prize: Brenda Moryck for "A Man I Know"