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jennifer-kathleen-gibbons's picture
Feb.21.2011
When I first started at Mills, I sat down with my advisor to plan my schedule. She looked at me and said "You need a diversity class.""I do?""I see nothing in your transcript about taking diversity classes.""But I've taken Women in Literature class, and a short...
red-room-well-red's picture
Feb.20.2011
Last week, as part of Black History Month, we asked the Red Room community to blog about works of African-American literature that have meant the most to them. From a classic that inspired a poet writing from within Folsom Prison to a funny anecdote from one author's friendship with Alex Haley,...
susan-fleet's picture
Feb.18.2011
My latest favorite is by Rosalyn Story, WADING HOME: A Novel of New Orleans.The writing is lush and lyrical and the story is totally engaging, the saga of a young man desperately seeking his father, who may have perished in the floodwaters of Katrina. Along the way he reconnects with a woman he...
steve-hauk's picture
Feb.18.2011
Lorraine Hansberry. ``A Raisin in the Sun.'' A play about a black family integrating a Chicago neightborhood. First play on Broadway by a black female playwright. That was 1959. The film followed in 1961 starring Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Diane Sands. Hansberry had one more play: ``The Sign in...
arabella-grayson's picture
Feb.18.2011
Choosing my "favorite" literary work by an African American author is an impossibility. I liken it to choosing my favorite letter in the alphabet: A single letter in isolation can not perform its function. Other letters are required for words, for sentences – for ideas to take shape. The...
jack-deeney's picture
Feb.18.2011
I am a 78-year old white male who, in spite of not having read much at all of the black experience, feels compelled to respond to this Red Room challenge. My qualifications underlying this response are slim at best. I do have an old friend (2 or 3 years younger than I) who’s grandfather was...
RiverJordan's picture
Feb.18.2011
African American Literature has spoken to me through the years with a raw courage, powerful truth, and characters that stand up off the page and demand I pay attention to what they are telling. The list is too long to pick and choose. How can someone walk away from captivating The Color Purple,...
susmita-paul's picture
Feb.18.2011
I can't make myself understood in your world, the world of bodies, of tongues and fingers; and most of the time I have no listeners, not on your side of the river. Those of you who may catch the odd whisper, the odd squeak, so easily mistake my words for breezes rustling the dry reeds, for bats at...
pat-montandon's picture
Feb.17.2011
Roots, Alex Haley's epic masterpiece and a classic of American Literature, has influenced millions of people regardless of skin color, including me, a woman as white as a glass of milk. When I first met Alex he was working on a book titled Before This Anger, that later became Roots, based on...
dianna-henning's picture
Feb.17.2011
My very favorite piece of African American literature is Robert Hayden’s poem “Those Winter Sundays.” For my ear, this is a perfectly realized poem and one that is earned through deep feeling. The first person speaker in the poem regrets his failure to appreciate his father who got up each morning...