In Memoriam: Randall Kenan

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[ By: Kai Hansen ] “Randall Kenan’s work was a beautiful thing. Randall Kenan’s life was a rare gift.” Dr. James A. Crank                                              Photo Credit: University of North Carolina The Project on the History of Black Writing mourns the passing of Randall Kenan, who […]

In Memoriam: Kamau Brathwaite

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The Project on the History of Black Writing mourns the passing of Kamau Brathwaite. The Barbadian poet and academic was 89 when he died in his home on Tuesday, February 4. Brathwaite’s writing mainly celebrated Caribbean voices and greatly contributed to the Caribbean’s literary landscape. Born in Bridgetown, Bahamas in 1930, Brathwaite’s poems examined African roots in the Caribbean, affirming the Afro-Caribbean identity and amplifying […]

In Memoriam: Ernest J. Gaines

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  The Project on the History of Black Writing mourns the passing of Ernest J. Gaines. Gaines died from cardiac arrest in his Louisiana home on Tuesday. He was 86. Gaines was born the eldest son of sharecroppers and raised on a plantation in Pointe Coupée Parish, Louisiana. The rural South would become a permanent fixture in his writing because it was not only home […]