AfriCOBRA Manifestos by Jeff Donaldson and Cherilyn C. Wright

About the Project

AfriCOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) is an African American artist collective that was founded in 1968, first under the name COBRA (Coalition of Black Revolutionary Artists), in Chicago, Illinois. The founding AfriCOBRA artists were associated with the Black Arts Movement, and the group grew out of discussions on how their art could express a Black aesthetic. The AfriCOBRA philosophy emphasized positive revolutionary ideas and community effort.

Jeff Donaldson was a co-founding life-long member, and kept extensive files on AfriCOBRA’s early years. Here we have some drafts of manifestos by Donaldson and Cherilyn C. Wright, associated with the Ten in Search of a Nation exhibition, from his papers.

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