It was so wonderful to be back in the classroom yesterday. My graduate students did a great job tackling Imani Perry’s bio on Lorraine Hansberry. It was a perfect book to have before me in a week where I turned 52 and found pleasure in setting boundaries. Like Hansberry, I have grown firmer in my belief about what works and does not work for me as a scholar, an artist and human being. World, watch out.
Next week, we turn to Eileen Suarez-Findlay’s study on the turn of the century policing of black women in Puerto Rico as the United States flexes its imperial muscle and Victoria Wolcott’s exploration of similar policing in interwar Detroit. In both cases, intragroup conflict is quite visible even as larger structural forces make their presence known, too. What all do space and place have to do with such struggle, which sometimes arrive as being quite modern and universal (and not) as we all strive for more?
I’ll personally be thinking through this as we embark upon another Black History Month. As I have said in the past,there is so much through which to sort.