Monthly Archives: March 2011

Black Literature and Creative Writing Conference at Chicago State University

The Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing will host An Exceeding Sun: The 21st Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Conference for Black Literature and Creative Writing.  The conference is free and open to the public and will to take place April 7-9, … Continue reading

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Documentary about Black Chicago

If you have 90 minutes this weekend, take time to watch DuSable to Obama: Chicago’s Black Metropolis.  DuSable is Jean Baptiste DuSable, Chicago’s first settler and Obama, of course, is President Barack Obama.   This 2010 documentary produced by WTTW … Continue reading

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How Cool is This? The Crisis Digitized!

The NAACP’s Crisis magazine is available through the Modernist Journals Project, a collaborative effort of Brown University and the University of Tulsa.  Volumes 1-23, spanning November 1910 through April 1922 have been digitized. Google has also digitized Crisis and offers … Continue reading

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As Seen in Print: African-American Modernists Consider their Reception

The Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA will host a symposium, “As Seen in Print: African-American Modernists Consider their Reception” on Saturday, April 2, 2011.  The symposium will feature presentations by abstract artists Ed … Continue reading

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“Ain’t I a Woman?” A Song?…Really?

While researching Sojourner Truth’s speech, “Ain’t I a Woman?”  I came across a video of a choir singing a song with that very title, so I decided to do a song search in and was surprised to discover several … Continue reading

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Freedom’s Journal – First African American Owned Newspaper

On this day, March 16th, in 1827, the first issue of Freedom’s Journal was published in New York City.  Freedom’s Journal was founded and edited by Samuel Cornish and John Russwurm. In the first issue, Cornish and Russwurm use nearly … Continue reading

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Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?”

In honor of Women’s History Month, I had planned to feature Kerry Washington’s dramatic reading of  Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?” Like a lot of folk, I grew up hearing the speech recited, usually during Black History Month.  In … Continue reading

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