I just made this image my desktop screensaver. It is a still from Julie Dash’s 1991 film Daughters of the Dust, which chronicles the experiences of a Gullah family who live on a “sea island” off the coast of Georgia. Most of them are preparing to move inland to cities to enhance, in their best… Continue reading survive
There have been many tributes to Toni Morrison in the past week following her passing at age 88. This excerpt from my dissertation, which spawned Remember Me to Miss Louisa , my first historical monograph, is one way of also acknowledging Morrison’s legacy on my own work: “[The newly freedwoman Avenia] White’s uneasiness might have also… Continue reading rest in peace, toni morrison
My sorority sister kindly pointed me to this video I’d earlier seen. Fitting as today is the 84th birthday of my late former father in law Grant Green. Happy Birthday, Grant! You’re keeping it funky!
Even if my words end up on the cutting room floor, it was so wonderful spending part of this Sunday morning with my dear colleague Hilary Green as we discussed Alabama history since the state (and Tuscaloosa) were founded in 1819. Such sharing in Tuscaloosa’s Capital Park was made possible by a visit from Michael… Continue reading discoveries
Happy to be interviewed by Discovering Alabama in Capitol Park where earliest leaders met before the state capital moved to Montgomery in 1846. The ruins of the building where they met still stands. My students and I run through the park in this video. We shall address transportation during the interview, if memory serves. And… Continue reading discovering alabama
Rest in peace, John Singleton. I used your Poetic Justice in the classroom on the eve of making a transition into higher education. The twin towers had just fallen. New York City’s Washington Irving High hired me to teach English after I was laid off by BMG Entertainment amid the uncertainty in that day. Students… Continue reading rest in peace
Tonight’s Space Matters event went very well. I was so pleased to see Kayla Merritt, Jamie Bonner, Lara Cuoma and Jake Osachy, four students from last semester’s “Antebellum America” course not only introducing the event, but asking questions of our guest speaker during the Q & A again and again! I was also overjoyed when… Continue reading space mattered alright