african americans · Native Americans

off to teach…red converse and all

I am off to campus to teach. Wearing my red high-top Converse as a homage to one of the protagonists in historian Tiya Miles’ The Cherokee Rose: A Novels of Gardens and Ghosts. My Antebellum America students will be tasked this semester with thinking through how various people make claims to power in the years… Continue reading off to teach…red converse and all

african americans · the americas

a founders’ day salute

This is a Founders’ Day to salute to Norma E. Boyd (1888-1985), a founding member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, my beloved sorority and the first Greek letter organization for women of African descent. Boyd was an educator, member of the first lobbying group that represented the interests of marginalized communities before the United States Congress… Continue reading a founders’ day salute

Zora Neale Hurston

zora in honduras book contract news

Gloomy headlines aside, this has been some kind of month in the best of ways. I am so happy! Today I signed a book contract with Johns Hopkins University Press for my book on the legendary Harlem Renaissance writer-anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston’s time in Honduras in the late 1940s! I was initially interested in Hurston’s… Continue reading zora in honduras book contract news

africa · American History · womanhood

when the weary eye can’t read another word…

When the weary eye cannot read another word, the images in this book that just arrived, and the poetry in this book, which also just arrived, are enough. While reading the intro by Edwidge Danticat to Catherine E. McKinley’s The African Lookbook, I was reminded of the Afro-Cuban woman during my 1996 visit to Cuba… Continue reading when the weary eye can’t read another word…