Bennett’s early fame rivaled that of Countee Cullen. She won a fellowship to study art in Paris, published in Crisis, Fire!!, Opportunity magazines in the 1920s; and served as director of the Harlem Community Artists Guild in the 1930s and early ‘40s. Bennett is an exemplar of early 20-century, African-American innovation and cross-fertilization in the arts. Her life and career also offer a case study of the conditions of intersectionality that impeded her work and its recognition. She was subjected to a decades-long FBI inquiry under the Hoover administration and harassed by the KKK when she and her husband moved to Florida in the 1930s—harassment that undermined the African American literary community she worked so hard to foster.
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