I’ll never forget the two times I almost fell off my chair while in graduate school. The first time I almost fell off my chair I was reading a collection of essays edited by Bettye Collier-Thomas and V.P. Franklin. I saw a name that looked familiar: Norma Boyd. She was one of the original founders… Continue reading through the years as we struggle
I can’t think of a better way to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of a more just world than with my dear friend Dr. Ellen Griffith Spears of the University of Alabama’s New College and American Studies Departments. Tonight, she was one of three people honored at the University’s Realizing the Dream… Continue reading realizing the dream with a honored friend
A sixth championship for Nick Saban. I’ve been at Alabama for six years, five on the tenure track. You’re spoiling me, Coach! Congrats! Way to go, Tua, our back up quarterback, and all best to Jalen, our first quarterback, for being so gracious and supportive. And still thinking about Da’ron Payne at the Sugar Bowl.… Continue reading we did it – Roll Tide!
As I have said elsewhere, 2017, you are in a forever time out corner and 2018, I am watching you. Meanwhile, Happy New Year! We’ve already started putting away holidays decorations, among them wonderful cards from friends who had their eyes on Alabama four weeks ago. As I reflect on the year ahead, I’ll be… Continue reading happy new year
This is what the holiday break looks like. A time to watch our kitties teach us how to rest. A time to think of work that still calls (in this case, my ongoing research which inserts race and space (and sport history) into a look at the Florida peninsula. A time, too, to reflect on… Continue reading break
Happy Dance. Grades have been submitted for my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Music and Young America” class. I was struck by the question that most students decided to answer for the essay portion on the final exam. When given a choice to write about 1) whether Bob Marley is a messy postwar story; 2)… Continue reading reflecting on a final exam question
It is an important day in Alabama. As I have said elsewhere, I have never had so many in my life from outside the state email or call me about an election. I am grateful for the peaceful conversations had with fellow Alabamians while waiting to vote today. When I woke up this morning, despite… Continue reading musings