AfriGeneas Writers Forum
Re: Vibrant Voices
In Response To: Vibrant Voices ()
Dear Deirdre and Dera:
Thanks so much for the link to your blog and to posting the viewpoint of "Dr. Dera."
I've been working (for the last two weeks) on a response to Dera's posting on the AfriGeneas Book Forum page. She introduces the subject of black literature vs. street/urban books.
The solution or action plan to promote the best in black literature will be posted shortly on this page.
Dera, I appreciate your posting this (once more) to the Afrigeneas Writers Forum. It's an important and provocative subject that I look forward to discussing with visitors to the Writers Forum. Perhaps it will inspire AfriGeneas Writers to discuss other topics that influence and impact our stories.
Dera writes "...there is not just one Black Experience, one way of living, loving and learning; therefore there are hundreds of ways to tell our stories."
Very true. As literary critics, we must write our reviews from a balanced viewpoint.
Pardon me, but when I read about the African American experience, my opinion and words often flow from my heart. I think of James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Richard Wright, Elizabeth Johnson Harris and authors who've come after them. They wrote/write so eloquently of their urban or born in to poverty experience.
Everyone in the AfriGeneas family has an important story to tell. The legacy of their enslaved ancestors is one of endurance, self-liberation and trying to ensure a better life for their children. They didn't always succeed, but they tried.
My response to creators and apologists of street-"keepin' it real" lit is at the link below.
The lady is from my ancestral home, Pensacola, Florida. The caption explains that in 1935, she was the oldest student in an adult education class.
I wish I knew her name.
Thank you both for your eloquence and support of Black literature.