ICYMI: The Last Two Weeks in Black Writing (2/20 – 3/5)

– KU Ph.D. student Amanda M. Sladek considers Toussaint L’Ouverture and the problematic “slave narrative” genre for the HBW Emerging Scholars series.

– Jerry W. Ward, Jr. remembered his former classmate Anne Moody, author of the memoir Coming of Age in Mississippi.

– HBW recapped the kick-off of the Black Literary Suite: Black Writers with a Kansas Connection.

– Thabiti Lewis considered Sam Greenlee’s novel The Spook Who Sat by the Door in the context of the urban revolts of the 1960s and today.

– Inspired by Joel Christian Gill’s #28daysarenotenough, Book Riot’s Derek Attig gave suggestions for Black History Books for the Whole Year.

– Poet and memoirist Maya Angelou is to be honored with a U.S. Post Office “forever” stamp.

– Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and co-author of the new young adult novel X, wonders what her father would have to say about today’s activists.

– Not strictly “writing,” but too wonderful not to include: Derrick Clifton talks about the “Because of Them We Can” ad campaign that dresses black children up as their inspirations.

– KU Associate Professor of English Giselle Anatol discussed her new book, The Things That Fly in the Night: Female Vampires in Literature of the Circum-Caribbean and African Diaspora, with KU News.

– Tickets are still available for the final three performances of KU Theatre’s production of A Raisin in the Sun on March 6-8.