• Black History Month Spotlight: Alice Walker

     #blackhistorymonth quote comes from Alice Walker, an American short story writer, poet, and activist.  Walker is best-known for writing The Color Purple, for which she won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. This book is about Celie, who suffers terrible abuse at the hands of her father and husband. It explores the female African American experience. Aside from being an incredible writer, Walker was heavily involved in civil rights activism. Although divorced, Walker’s marriage was the first legal interracial marriage in Mississippi. Walker has never been shy in her activism. She was arrested in 2003, on the eve of the Iraq War, at an anti-war rally in…

  • Black History Month Spotlight: Derek Walcott

    Today’s #blackhistorymonth quote comes from Sir Derek Alton Walcott, who was born in St. Lucia. He is a Nobel Prize-winning poet and playwright.  Walcott published his first poem in a local newspaper at just age 14! Soon after, he got a loan from his mother and started publishing poetry pamphlets while still in school.  His most well-known play was “Dream on Monkey Mountain,” which was in production Off-Broadway in 1971. It centers around the main character, Makak, who despises himself for being black. Walcott’s poetry was historical and demanded to be heard. He captured the beauty of the Caribbean and the complexities of living in two different cultural worlds. To learn more…

  • Black History Month Spotlight: Toni Morrison

    Toni Morrison was a best-selling author who explored black identity in America–particularly black women’s identity. There are not enough words in the dictionary for how incredible she was nor the impact she had–and still does. She is an author of 11 novels and the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. Among other laurels, she also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama in 2012. Her novel, Beloved, is considered her masterpiece. A novel taking place about a decade after the Civil War, and one of her first to have a historical setting. Often criticized for her writing, yet highly rewarded by being…

  • Black History Month Spotlight: Chinua Achebe

    It’s #blackhistorymonth and this month we will be spotlighting a few different black authors! Feel free to share your favorite authors below. Our first author is Chinua Achebe, a Nigerian-born novelist, poet, professor, and critic. He is most famously known for his debut novel, Things Fall Apart, published when he was 28. This novel is considered a masterpiece and is the most widely read book in modern African Literature. Achebe spent decades teaching at American universities, yet his writings were rooted in the countryside and cities of his native Nigeria. He wanted to rewrite the story of Africa that often is told by Western voices.  Fun fact about Chinua Achebe: one…