Tag Archives: 1960s

In 1968, Baldwin took her to a dinner party at the cartoonist Jules Feiffer’s house. Angelou charmed guests with stories of her childhood; the next day, Feiffer’s wife called editor Robert Loomis at Random House and said that he should get Angelou to write a memoir. When he brought it up, Angelou said, “Absolutely not.” Loomis replied, “It’s just as well, because to write an autobiography as literature is just about impossible.” Angelou, who liked a challenge, said, “I’ll start tomorrow.” (1969)

Literature Supporters Club

Searing. James Baldwin called it “a Biblical study of life in the midst of death”. I KNOW WHY A CAGED BIRD SINGS by Maya Angelou


View original post

Books and Lesser Evils

In the heat of the night.jpg

My Throwback Thursday review is for  –

In the Heat of the Night by John Ball is one of those classic novels that does so much more than transcend the genre, it lays the foundation for it. The African American Detective who demanded respect not only for his actions, but for his intellect as well. Truthfully one has to imagine that there would never have been a John Shaft, Easy Rawlins, or Alex Cross; had there not been Virgil Tibbs. This is also, to be noted, a disappearing genre. Is there a mainstream popular current detective character in fiction right now that is African American? I would wonder if you could name more than two, and no fair naming the ones I already have.

“…You’re pretty sure of yourself, aren’t you, Virgil,’ Gillespie retorted. ‘Incidentally, Virgil is a pretty fancy name for a black boy like you. What do they…

View original post 812 more words



To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Hachette Book Group Grand Central Edition

My Ratings: 5/5

Goodreads Synopsis: The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into ten languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded…

View original post 423 more words

Little Known Black History Fact: Vivian Malone Jones

Black America Web

Vivian Malone Jones may not hold the sway of other civil rights figures who fought against Jim Crow laws in the Deep South, but her legacy as one of the vital cogs of the movement remains intact.

In 1963, Malone Jones made headlines as one of the University of Alabama’s first two African-American students during the infamous “Stand In The Schoolhouse Door” event. On this day in 1965, she would triumph as the first Black person to graduate from the formerly segregated university.

Malone Jones was an exceptional high school student who learned that the University of Alabama’s southern branch in Mobile, the University of South Alabama, was going to desegregate.

Malone Jones and several other Black students had their applications rejected because of “class size” and “enrollment” but it was long alleged that race was the main barrier. Malone Jones ultimately earned her Bachelor’s degree from Alabama A&M, a historically…

View original post 325 more words