Category Literature

What Ralph Ellison Can Teach Us about Trayvon Martin – The Feminist Wire | The Feminist Wire

By Dennis Tyler Jr.In light of the recent decision by the school board of education in Randolph County, North Carolina, to ban Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man from their libraries—partly because of a parent’s complaint that the book is not age-appropriate material for teenagers and partly because one board member claimed he could not “find any […]

County board bans ‘Invisible Man’ from school libraries | Courier Tribune, Asheboro

The action stems from a Randleman High School parent’s complaint about the book. Committees at both the school and district levels recommended it not be removed.Voting in favor of the ban were Board Chair Tommy McDonald and members Tracy Boyles, Gary Cook, Matthew Lambeth and Gary Mason. Voting against the action were Board Vice Chair […]

Ida B. Wells

The murder of her friend drove Wells to research and document lynchings and their causes. She began investigative journalism, looking at the charges given for the murders. She officially started her anti-lynching campaign. She spoke on the issue at various black women’s clubs, and raised more than $500 to investigate lynchings and publish her results. […]

Langston Hughes showed me what it meant to be a black writer | Gary Younge | Comment is free | The Guardian

The whole point of having a black columnist, he thought, was to write about black issues. I had other ideas. I had no problem writing about race. It’s an important subject that deserves scrutiny to which I’ve given considerable thought and about which I’ve done a considerable amount of research. I have no problem being […]

When Islamic atheism thrived | Amira Nowaira

Freethinking is perhaps not one of the strongest suits of modern Islam. For one thing, the list of books that have been banned for challenging prevalent religious orthodoxies and sensibilities during the past hundred years is disconcertingly long.Modern Islamic clerics and scholars in various Muslim countries are often highly selective of which part of the […]

The mixed race bastards of our colony {reading notes} » onlineJournal | The Liberator Magazine

Like the aforementioned works, co-authors Sibo Kanobana and Kathleen Ghequière aim to provide a free space for mostly unknown testimonies of two dozen mixed-race Congolese.From Kano: “They were all people born during colonization from one black and one white parent. Some of them grew up in their families but most of them weren’t recognized by […]

Pearl S. Buck – Wikipedia

Many contemporary reviewers were positive, and praised her “beautiful prose,” even though her “style is apt to degenerate into overrepetition and confusion.”[18] Robert Benchley wrote a parody of “The Good Earth” that focused on just these qualities, to excellent effect. Peter Conn, in his biography of Buck, argues that despite the accolades awarded to her, […]