ICYMI: The Last Week in Black Writing and Culture (4/16-4/22)

Harriet Tubman is to replace Andrew Jackson on the 20 dollar bill. The abolitionist will be the first African American to appear on paper currency.

Project HBW went to College Language Association’s annual convention. This year’s convention was held in Houston, TX at the Hyatt Regency, and was hosted by Texas Southern University. See our recap here.

What is Afrofuturism? The Root’s new 4-part web series explores this movement.

On Monday, Peter Balakian was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his new collection of poetry, Ozone Journal.

Sherman Alexie discussed his new book, Thunder Boy Jr., which he hopes will help correct the problem of the lack of brown-skinned kids in children’s literature. Alexie discussed the complications of such a task. “I thought this would be easy,” he said, “but it wasn’t at all. I tried 30 or 40 different ideas.”

Project HBW emphasizes academic excellence and social responsibility among its staff members. This past month was especially excellent in both of these areas! Staff member Kierstin McMichael was awarded the Alexis F. Dillard Student Involvement Award, Kris Coffey was awarded the Margaret Walker Memorial Prize in Creative Writing, Crystal Bradshaw was awarded the Brousseau Creativity Award for Writing, Angela Murphy was awarded the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, and Maryemma Graham was awarded the CLA Lifetime Achievement Award. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Click here to read more about HBW’s accomplishments.

On April 21, the world mourned the untimely loss of Prince Rogers Nelson who passed away at the age of 57.