From colonial times, African Americans arrived in large numbers as slaves and lived primarily on plantations in the South.
Black History Month gives us 28 days to honor African Americans and the ever-expanding contributions they make to culture. Literature in particular has been a space for black authors to tell their stories authentically, and bookworms seeking good reads can choose from an array of fiction, poetry, historical texts, essays, and memoirs.
This story centers Dana, a young writer in s Los Angeles, who is unexpectedly whisked away to the 19th century antebellum South where she saves the life of Rufus Weylin, the son of a plantation owner.
To paint an accurate picture of the slavery era, Butler told In Motion Magazine inshe studied slave narratives and books by the wives of plantation owners. In the second entry of her divulging memoir Hunger, Roxane Gay reveals, "… this is a book about disappearing and being lost and wanting so very much, wanting to be seen and understood.
In six powerful parts, the daughter of Haitian immigrants and National Book Award finalist reclaims the space necessary to document her truth—and uses that space to come out of the shadows she had once intentionally tried to hide in.
James Baldwin is a key figure among the great thinkers African american in the 1920s the 20th century for his long range of criticism about literature, film, and culture and his revelations on race in America.
One of his most widely known literary contributions was his book The Fire Next Time, a text featuring two essays: Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Because of racism, the unnamed protagonist, known as "Invisible Man," does not feel seen by society and narrates the reader through a series of unfortunate and fortunate events to fit in while living in the South and later in Harlem, New York City.
Before becoming a freed woman, Sethe attempted to kill her children to save them from a life of enslavement. While her sons and one daughter survived, her infant daughter, "Beloved," died. In the book All About Love, feminist scholar Bell Hooks grapples with how people are commonly socialized to perceive love in modern society.
She uses a range of examples to delve into the topic, from her personal childhood and dating reflections to popular culture references. The Jim Crow laws of the 19th and 20th centuries were intended to marginalize black Americans who, during the Reconstruction period, were establishing their own businesses, entering the labor system, and running for office.
Although a series of anti-discrimination rulings, such as Brown vs.
In the text, Alexander explores how the war on drugs, piloted by the Ronald Reagan administration, created a system in which black Americans were stripped of their rights after serving time for nonviolent drug crimes.
Originally published inSister Outsider is an anthology of 15 essays and speeches written by lesbian feminist writer and poet Audre Lorde. The titles of her works are as intriguing as the content is eye-opening.
The Erotic as Power" examines the way people, especially women, lose when they block the erotic—or deep passion—from their work and while exploring their spiritual and political desires. During the Great Migration, millions of African Americans departed the Southern states to Northern and Western cities to escape Jim Crow laws, lynchings, and the failing sharecropping system.
Isabel Wilkerson, the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism, documented these movements in her book, which involved 15 years of research and interviews with people. In her National Book Award-winning autobiography, Brown Girl Dreaming, Woodson uses her own childhood story in verse form, to fill those representation voids.
Janet Mock, an African-American and Hawaiian transgender activist and writer, began her career in media as a staff editor at People. InMock decided to share her story with the world and came out as a transgender woman in a Marie Claire article, and after landing a book deal, she released this New York Times bestselling memoir in Mock used her platform to speak in full about her upbringing as a young girl of color in poverty and identifying as transgender—a courageous move that set her on a path to being an inspiring voice for those facing difficulty in accepting their identity.
Blow opens up about growing up in a segregated Louisiana town during the s as the youngest of five brothers. In 12 chapters, Blow offers an extensive look at his path to overcoming the odds of poverty, the trauma of being a victim of childhood rape, and his gradual understanding of his bi-sexuality.
Although these are hard truths to tell, Blow told NPR inhe wrote this book especially for those who are going through similar experiences and need to know their lives are still worth living, despite their painful circumstances.African-American migrations—both forced and voluntary—forever changed the course of American history.
Follow paths from the translatlantic slave trade to the New Great Migration. American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States.
The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than historical collections.
Mission. Southern Echo is a leadership development, education and training organization working to develop effective accountable grassroots leadership in the African-American communities in rural Mississippi and the surrounding region through comprehensive training and technical assistance programs.
African Americans constitute percent of Arkansas’s population, according to the census, and they have been present in the .
African American literature - The rise of the New Negro: During the first two decades of the 20th century, rampant racial injustices, led by weekly reports of grisly lynchings, gave strong impetus to protest writing.
From the editor’s desk of the Colored American Magazine, Pauline E. Hopkins wrote novels, short stories, editorials, and social commentary in the early s that attempted to.
The late Romare Bearden, a premier African American artist in his own right, devoted 15 years to researching and writing this magnificent study of the lives and achievements of 36 significant African American artists born prior to