About Earl H. Brooks


My name is Earl H. Brooks, and I am a musician (saxophone) and Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. My research interests include African-American Expressive Culture, Rhetoric and Composition, and Sound Studies. My book project, Resonance of Resistance: On the Rhetoric of Black Music (forthcoming with Wayne State University Press), argues that there would be no Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Movement, or Black Arts Movement, as we know these phenomena without Black music. Black artists, such as John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, and Mahalia Jackson, were deeply committed to the liberatory project of Black music, and this book explores their contributions through the lens of rhetorical studies.