Friday, December 9, 2016

A set of books for Black Girls from East St. Louis

This semester, 4 high school girls from East St. Louis audited one of my college literature courses. They blended in and interacted with the college students -- all first-year black women -- in the class really well.  

Yesterday, on the last day of class, I gave each of the students a set of five books:
the new black by Evie Shockley
Crave Radiance by Elizabeth Alexander
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
A photo book by Deborah Willis

The students appreciated the books, and I was pleased that I was in a position to pass the selections along to them.

I've thought and blogged about Shockley's and Alexander's poetry fairly regularly over the last few years, so I'm always interested in passing along their works to students when I can. Collectively, they cover a wide range of works and adapt multiple  

 Reading, Viewing & Sharing Deborah Willis's books

I gave two students Willis's Black: A Celebration of a Culture; another student Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present; and another student Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present. I also gave each of the students Wilkerson's award-winning The Warmth of Other Suns in case they are interested in becoming more aware of the major migrations of African Americans from the early to mid-20th century.   

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