Jayne Cortez, an unsung shero of the World African Liberation Movement, was a poet, performance artist and small press publisher. Her writings are part of the canon of the Black Arts Movement.
When most people think of the Black Arts Movement in Los Angeles, they usually speak of the Watts Prophets, Quincy Troupe, and Johnnie Scott. Cortez should also be part of that conversation. The poet died recently of heart failure. She was 77.