Black Liberated Arts Center (BLAC)

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    Black Liberated Arts Center (BLAC), Incorporated began as an idea of Dr. John Smith who had moved to Oklahoma to accept a job with the Oklahoma Symphony. After the Symphony failed, Dr. Smith accepted a job at Langston University in the Music Department. During that period, he wrestled with the problem of African Americans expressing themselves about their identity. With the support of a friend, Alfred Cohran, Dr. Smith moved forward with the idea of using the arts as a means of self-expression.