Limited Editions Club. Henry Louis Gates on James Baldwin: "The Fire Last Time" People said Baldwin was ugly; he himself said so.
But he was not ugly to me. There are faces that we cannot see simply as faces because they are so familiar, so iconic, and his face was one of them. DOWNLOAD THE LEMONADE SYLLABUS! – Candice Marie Benbow. The Sentencing Project Home. Welcome to Pedagogy & American Literary Studies. Teaching Nella Larsen’s Passing I have taught Nella Larsen’s Passing many times in my Introduction to American Literature and Introduction to Literature courses.
The Literature of Lynching. Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book, Between the World and Me, a letter to his son about race in America, takes its title from Richard Wright’s brutal lynching poem, "Between the World and Me" (1935).
Coates offers the first three lines of Wright’s poem as an epigraph: And one morning while in the woods I stumbled suddenly upon the thing, Stumbled upon it in a grassy clearing guarded by scaly oaks and elms. And the sooty details of the scene rose, thrusting themselves between the world and me … Wright’s poem is one of the more fierce and forthright entries in the canon of American poems about lynching. But I have never taught it, though I have taught American and African-American poetry in college courses for over a decade. Teaching James Baldwin and Richard Wright in the Ferguson Era. Toni Morrison papers to reside at Princeton. Toni Morrison (Photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders) Posted October 17, 2014; 04:20 p.m. by the Office of Communications The papers of Nobel laureate Toni Morrison are now part of the permanent library collections of Princeton University, where the renowned author served on the faculty for 17 years.
The announcement was made today by Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber said: "Toni Morrison's place among the giants of American literature is firmly entrenched, and I am overjoyed that we are adding her papers to the Princeton University Library's collections. In 1993, Morrison, the Robert F. Morrison came to Princeton in 1989 and was a member of the University's creative writing program until she retired in 2006. At a reading of her 10th novel, "Home," in Richardson Auditorium two years ago, Morrison told the audience that "teaching is the second best thing to writing for me. " 33 Brilliant Quotes From Legendary Black Women Writers. Ntozake Shange Growing up as a Black girl writer, various books and writers sustained me.
One such writer was Zora Neale Hurston. I lived by her. Her robust unveiling of Black human experiences were the literary nourishment to my young mind. I read over and over again her short story, The Gilded Six Bits. Yet what intrigued me the most about Zora as a writer was her free spirit. When it seemed like the world had turned against me or had become lopsided, they turned it right side up again.
12 Quotes From The Late Amiri Baraka. Remembering Amiri Baraka Part 1 (DN!) JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We will spend the rest of the hour remembering the life and legacy of the poet, playwright and political organizer Amiri Baraka.
He died on Thursday in Newark, New Jersey, at the age of 79. Baraka was a leading force in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, but he first came to prominence as a Beat Generation poet when he co-founded the journal Yugen and published the works of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Gregory Corso. At the time, he was known as LeRoi Jones. In 1963, he published Blues People: Negro Music in White America. The book has been called the first major history of black music to be written by an African American. Remembering Amiri Baraka Part 2. Watch this online-only extended interview on the life and legacy of Amiri Baraka, the poet, playwright and political organizer who died Thursday at the age of 79.
We talk to four of his friends and play some more of Amiri Baraka in his own words. Watch Part 1 of this interview: Amiri Baraka (1934-2014): Poet-Playwright-Activist Who Shaped Revolutionary Politics, Black Culture. Hubert Harrison. 1883 Born April 27 in Concordia, Saint Croix, Danish West Indies. 1896-1900 Completes elementary education and works as under-teacher. 1900 Arrives New York City during nadir for African Americans. 1901-07 Completes high school education, breaks from organized Christianity, and is attracted to freethought. 1905-09 Active with St.
Rent parties: Langston Hughes' collection of rent party cards (PHOTO). The Vault is Slate's new history blog.
Like us on Facebook; follow us on Twitter @slatevault; find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. These cards, collected by Langston Hughes and held with his papers in Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, advertised “rent parties” to be held in Harlem in the 1940s and 1950s. Hosts of these gatherings opened up their apartments for a night, charging a fee to guests in return for live music, dancing, and socializing. Food was extra, and the accumulated cash went to help the hosts pay their rent. A Breezy Chameleon, Blurring Social Borders. When the literary scholar George Hutchinson was in the archives at Howard University one afternoon a decade ago, he thought he knew which story of a neglected African-American woman writer he was chasing.
Criteria of Negro Art. "A Talk to Teachers" James Baldwin, 1963. Black History. Still I Rise by Maya Angelou You may write me down in history... Rachel, a play in three acts : Grimké, Angelina Weld, 1880-1958.