Book Review: Richard Wright’s The Man Who Lived Underground (2021)

[ By: Morgan McComb ]  Last fall, during HBW’s 2020 Black Literary Suite “Black Writing in Reel Time,” we received the news from Julia Wright, regarding the forthcoming publication of unpublished novel by her father Richard Wright (1908-1960). A portion of that novel had first appeared in 1942, but most readers first learned of it in Wright’s short story collection, “Eight Men” (1960). We are […]

From the HBW Archives: Zora Neale Hurston

[By Victoria Garcia Unzueta] The Project on the History of Black Writing has been focusing on Zora Neale Hurston’s literary work for many years. With our upcoming NEH Virtual Summer Institute “Hurston on the Horizon; Past, Present and Future”, we wanted to share a collection of past HBW blogs focusing on Hurston and her impact in the realm of Black literature. The blogs range from […]

“Lest We Forget” Hank Aaron: Blueprint for Grace

[By: Ernie Shelby, f’59] This month, HBW will focus on literary and cultural history and continue to move toward the idea of Black Liberation Month (BLM). For our first blog we are featuring a piece on baseball star, Hank Aaron, written by artist, musician, athlete, and KU alum, Ernie Shelby.  This is part one of the “Lest We Forget” series, where we consider impactful figures. […]

HBW Reading Recommendations

[By: Kai Hansen] Hello everyone, and happy New Year! I hope you’re all well and have had a good holiday season. There’s a certain chill in the air that seems to make the world around us slow down a bit, which makes this the perfect time of year to relax and curl up with a good book. Whether you’re a college student searching for something […]

In Memoriam: Naomi Long Madgett

[ By: Morgan McComb ] “If I can help somebody as I pass along”: Remembering the Life and Work of Naomi Long Madgett On November 4, 2020, we lost Detroit Poet Laureate, Lotus Press founder, and lifelong educator, Naomi Long Madgett. With a career that spanned over five decades, Madgett’s work was dynamic and unencumbered by critical expectations—especially critical expectations of Black writers. She published […]

NABJ/NAHJ Virtual Convention

[By: Victoria Garcia Unzueta] Earlier this August, HBW gave me the opportunity to attend the National Association of Black Journalists/National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NABJ/NAHJ) Joint Convention in Washington, DC. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, my plans were shifted around and I ended up becoming part of history by attending the first-ever virtual NABJ/NAHJ Joint Convention. Partnered for the first time, NAHJ and NABJ […]