ICYMI: The Last Two Weeks in Black Writing (6/15 – 6/28)

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HBW remembered Dr. Jim Miller, a foundational scholar of twentieth-century African American cultural politics. doris davenport contributed a beautiful poem memorializing her friend.

New U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch took her oath of office using Frederick Douglass’s Bible.

– The National Endowment for the Arts asked several artists and creators, including playwright Katori Hall and Sherri Young of the African American Shakespeare Company, why the arts matter.

Just hours before the Charleston Massacre, Gene Demby wrote about the need to balance the seriousness of black life with jokes and joy (such as the #AskRachel hashtag).

– Nell Irvin Painter, author of the The History of White People, lays out a brief history of whiteness to give context to Rachel Dolezal and the Charleston Massacre.

Edwidge Danticat and Junot Diaz joined forces to condemn the Dominican Republic’s forcible removal of citizen of Haitian descent. (And Book Riot has a list of suggested reading to help you understand the situation.)

If you missed out on this year’s Juneteenth celebrations, Book Riot has a list of reading suggestions for you.

– Justina Ireland helpfully outlines how to analyze white characters in literature.

– Another white actor is taking over the role of Peter Parker in the next Spider-Man film, but in the comics, black Latino Miles Morales is the official new Spider-Man.