Category Archive: African American

Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad: A Metaphor

Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad (2016) tricked me for a moment. It portrays the famous underground railroad, a network of abolitionists and volunteers who helped slaves escape the south and head north in… Continue reading

Loving the Books of Rita Williams-Garcia

My kids and I are ready for summer. Perhaps even a “crazy summer.” But I suspect that any summer plans we make or carry out will not be as crazy as the summer… Continue reading

Must Read: Ta-Nehisi Coates

I’ve been hearing buzz about Ta-Nehisi (pronounced Tah Neh-hah-see) Coates’s work for a few months now, so I decided to “read” his book Between the World and Me (2015) by listening to it… Continue reading

Read This Book: The Good Lord Bird

I had been eyeing James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird (2013), winner of the National Book Award, for several weeks at my library.  I heard about it when it came out, and I… Continue reading

Two Children’s Books that Promote Diversity and Compassion

We live in a mostly white, suburban neighborhood.  Most everybody is Christian.  There isn’t a lot of diversity or chances to teach my daughter from experience about other cultures and religions.  So, when… Continue reading

Thank You, Alice Walker, for Rescuing Zora Neale Hurston

I recently read Zora Neale Hurston’s masterpiece, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937).  It is the second time I have picked up this book.  The first time occurred about a decade ago, and… Continue reading

A Bestseller Worthy of the Praise: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

I picked up The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks expecting a charming bildungsroman of a young girl in the south who worms her way into the hearts of a family.  Don’t ask me… Continue reading

The African American Experience: Roots and W. E. B. Du Bois

Alex Haley, famous for writing Roots: The Saga of an American Family (1976), searched for identity by tracing his family history. He spent many years inquiring of every African he met the meaning… Continue reading