ICYMI: The Last Week in Black Writing and Culture (12/11-12/18)

Editor’s note: This will be our last post of 2015. The blog posts will continue the second week into the new year. We hope you enjoy this post, and we hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

The Root sat down with Kevin Powell, author of recent memoir Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood. While a prolific writer with twelve books to his name, Powell spoke on his other great love: activism.

John Stauffer spoke with NPR’s Michel Martin about his new book, Picturing Fredrick Douglass. In his book, he discusses why Douglass thought that photography was so important to ending racism and achieving civil rights, because “the camera will not lie.”

The New York Times reviewed Robert Norrell’s book, Alex Haley: And The Books that Changed a Nation. This is the first autobiography of Haley, who died in 1992. Haley is known for writing The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965), in collaboration with Malcolm X, and Roots: The Saga of a Family (1976).

The Huffington Post compiled a list of “The Most Important Writing from People of Color in 2015.” The list consists of articles published throughout the year, with topics ranging from mass incarceration to poetry to popular culture.

As we prepare for the holiday season, we thought you would enjoy three Christmas poems of Langston Hughes.

Happy Holidays – we will see you in 2016!