Preface to Reading Frederick Douglass (for whom it indeed concerns)

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Go thou, and like an executioner Cut off the heads of too fast growing sprays, That look too lofty in our commonwealth: All must be even in our government.   Richard II. III.iv. 33-36   In a chapter on Shakespeare’s Richard II, James Boyd White proposed “that every claim of authority we can make, on any subject and in any language, should be regarded as […]

Guns on Campus: Why We Cannot Be Silent

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Fannie Lou Hamer, who would now be 100 were she alive, became a tireless fighter for social justice. Who can forget her bold proclamation: “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.”  Mrs. Hamer refused to be silent. She registered to vote in Mississippi, barely escaping death at the hands of those who feared her actions would move others to civil disobedience. We continue […]

An Appreciation of Sterling A. Brown (1901-1989)

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The outcome and aftermath of the recent presidential election have unleashed upon the world an enervating, extremist public discourse rooted in divisiveness, intolerance, and discord.  In this language, the moral imperatives of civility, mutual respect, and common sense have been sacrificed to political cant and ethnocentrism.  The politics of insincerity and expediency have become poor substitutes for compassion and statesmanship.  Truth and reason have come […]

Truly Kindred: Paying Homage to Octavia Butler

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How do you celebrate a writer who shook the ground beneath her feet? Who created worlds, manipulated space and time, and walked boldly into unchartered territory? Author of 14 novels, a multitude of science and fantasy short stories, and a crop of critical essays, Octavia Butler’s voice resounds posthumously in the midst of today’s social and political unrest, mounting environmental issues, and pervasive violence. The […]

Juneteenth 2017

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Juneteenth is the oldest celebration in America commemorating the abolition of slavery in America. Originating in Galveston, TX, on June. 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger announced the emancipation of slaves—two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. As this tradition has grown in importance and stature throughout history, Black communities across the country continue to celebrate Juneteenth with great festivity and ceremony. […]

#BrooksFest – The Life & Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks

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Gwendolyn Brooks would have turned 100 this week and we’re out supporting BROOKSFEST in Topeka, KS. This centennial celebration of her life and legacy features HBW friend Kevin Young, a poetry walk, children’s activities, and much more. Here are some of our favorite tributes to Gwendolyn Brooks A Peek at Gwendolyn Brooks’s Chicago, Then and Now – Adam Morgan A Surprised Queenhood in the New […]