It’s here again, that somber, dark, short month where the world outside is dismal. As usual, I plan to use this month’s reading to keep the fires burning in my mind and heart by focusing exclusively on works by black Americans. Here is what is on the queue for this month’s reads and reviews. What are you reading?
(Top Row, L-to-R): Dr. Carliss R. McGhee, Dr. Francene Breakfield; (Middle Row, L-to-R): Dr. Victoria M. Ruffin, Victoria C. Murray; (Bottom Row; L-to-R): L.D. Wells, Particia J. Thurmond
The Inglewood Alumnae Chapter (IAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is excited to host Delta Authors on Tour in the Farwest Region on Saturday, February 4th, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at The Museum of African American Art at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. The Museum is located at 4005 Crenshaw Blvd. in Los Angeles on Macy’s 3rdFloor. This event is free and open to the public.
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For a boy who grew up in the cotton farms of Alabama, to now a sixth-term United States Congressman, John Lewis led an extraordinary life that helped changed American history. Growing up knowing he was different from his cotton farming family, John Lewis left his Alabama home and went to Nashville to study at a Baptist college, where his life and the civil rights movement became inexorably entwined. John Lewis embarked on this peaceful protest and strode into the forefront of the civil rights movement partaking in the lunch counter sit ins, Freedom Rides, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Bloody Sunday in Selma, and the March to Montgomery. Through all the threats, beatings, taunts, arrests, and injustice, John Lewis describes in his memoir, Walking with the Wind, how he challenged a system that was injustice and helped people of race to achieve their full potential, becoming one…
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For the last day of Black History Month–
After having read and really enjoyed March: Part One, I ILL’d Part Two which was only recently published this year. This book covered the civil rights battle just after it had started with the student restaurant counter sit-ins and other forms of non-violent protest. (The movement with which John Lewis is closely associated with aligns very strongly with Ghandian principles of non-violence to achieve change. I’m sorry to say that not everyone followed the same set of principles at times.)
The narrative is structured with a back-and-forth in time between the burgeoning civil rights protest movement and the ceremony where Barack Obama was sworn in to be U.S. President in 2009. This was a good way to contrast how far the movement had gone since its early days so as the reader jumped between 2009 and back to the 1960s, there was no denying just how hard the protestors…
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