Category Archives: Remembering Black History

The Magical Negro

The title of this post comes from Matthew Hughey by way of Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist. She quotes the professor, a sociologist, in her essay-review of the film, The Help, adapted from Kathryn Stockett’s novel. In Bad Feminist … Continue reading

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Where you goin’ with that gun in your hand?

Fifty years after his assassination in New York’s Audubon Ballroom, the name Malcolm X remains synonymous with militancy and rage, with the angrier voice in the Civil Rights Movement. If Malcolm Little’s path to becoming Malcolm X and, before his … Continue reading

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World War I: Black is not a color of the rainbow

When the New York National Guardsmen of the 42nd Infantry Division left for the Great War, they were given a jubilant send-off. They were named the Rainbow Division. Another group of men, the 369th, also from New York, would leave … Continue reading

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Hush now…It is in the doing

It is Black History Month. As counter-intuitive as it may sound, William Faulkner is unavoidable in taking the measure of American black life. The assertion needs bearing out. Reading Faulkner is to experience many things: difficulty, especially when he writes … Continue reading

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Spunk and Monkey Junk

Many readers know Zora Neale Hurston for her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Alice Walker is responsible for rescuing an author from obscurity. Hurston was buried in a pauper’s grave. The only other writer who comes immediately to my … Continue reading

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Why There Is No Great American Novel

As Black History Month approaches, I’d like to ask you to look at literary history and ask, ‘Why is there no great American novel?’ I understand that many readers will scan their shelves and rush to the contrary that there … Continue reading

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Silence Gathers Around A Footnote

There is another writer who, along with Zora Neale Hurston, should have had a meteoric career. For those who may not know Hurston’s fate and later renaissance, the facts go like this: she attended Howard University from 1919 to 1925; … Continue reading

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