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Wright (1908-1960), a best-selling author whose novel “Native Son” (1940) was

the first book by an African American to become a Book of the Month Club selection,

wrote 16 works of fiction, nonfiction (including “Black Boy,” 1955), and poetry.

 

 

Books by Jerry W. Ward  Jr.

Trouble the Water (1997) / Black Southern Voices (1992)

The Katrina Papers, by Jerry W. Ward, Jr.  /  The Richard Wright Encyclopedia (2008)

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Books by Richard Wright

 

Richard Wright: Early Works  / Black Boy  / Native Son  / Uncle Tom's Children / 12 Million Black Voices  / Richard Wright: Later Works

 

The Outsider  /  Pagan Spain Black Power  /  White Man Listen!  / The Color Curtain Savage Holiday / The Long Dream

Eight Men: Short Stories  / Haiku / American Hunger / Lawd Today!

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Richard Wright Expert Jerry Ward Will Speak at SIUE

(East St. Louis & Edwardsville) on June 26 & 28, 2007

 

In preparation for the 2008 International Richard Wright Centennial, Dr. Jerry W. Ward, Jr., a Wright expert and professor of English and African World Studies at Dillard University in New Orleans, will give presentations on Wright in East St. Louis and Edwardsville (Illinois) on June 26 and 28. Both events are free.

On Tuesday, June 26, at 6:00 p.m., the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club will host Ward in a workshop on Wright in the Library (Building B) of SIUE’s East St. Louis Higher Education Center, 601 J.R. Thompson Dr.

On Thursday, June 28, at 1:00 p.m., Ward will present a lecture and workshop on Wright (and the “creative experience”) in Peck Hall 2304 on SIU’s Edwardsville Campus. An East St. Louis drum troupe and members of the Writers Club’s Soular Systems Ensemble will also perform.

Wright (1908-1960), a best-selling author whose novel “Native Son” (1940) was the first book by an African American to become a Book of the Month Club selection, wrote 16 works of fiction, nonfiction (including “Black Boy,” 1955), and poetry. He was born in Natchez, MS, and wound his way, as a child, up through Memphis to Chicago where he wrote “Native Son” (which also became a movie).

A seminal figure in the development of modern African American literature and activism, Wright influenced generations of writers--including James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, Amiri Baraka, Paule Marshall, Ishmael Reed, and Alice Walker--and inspired the Civil Rights and Black Arts/Black Power movements of the 1950’s and 60’s.

In addition to his Richard Wright Centennial projects, Ward is writing new articles for “Reading Race Reading America: Social and Literary Essays” and new poems for JAZZ SOUTH. The editor of “Trouble the Water: 250 Years of African American Poetry,” he is  co-editing the “Cambridge History of African American Literature” with Maryemma Graham of the University of Kansas. He is also a co-founder of The Richard Wright Circle and Newsletter.

(In July, the EBR Writers Club and “Drumvoices Revue” will issue a “Call for Kwansabas for Richard Wright.” Selected kwansabas (49-word, 7-line poems) will appear in the 2008 issue of “DR,” which is co-published by the Club and SIUE.)

Sponsors of Ward’s visit include SIUE’s College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English, “Drumvoices Revue,” Black Studies, and the EBR Writers Club. For more information call SIUE/EBRWC at 618 650-3991. Email: eredmon@siue.edu.

posted 23 June 2007

The Katrina Papers, by Jerry W. Ward, Jr. $18.95  /  The Richard Wright Encyclopedia (2008)

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AALBC.com's 25 Best Selling Books


 

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#19 - John Oliver Killens: A Life of Black Literary Activism by Keith Gilyard

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The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

By Michele Alexander

Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama's political success and Oprah Winfrey's financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that [w]e have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration as a system of social control (More African Americans are under correctional control today... than were enslaved in 1850). Alexander reviews American racial history from the colonies to the Clinton administration, delineating its transformation into the war on drugs. She offers an acute analysis of the effect of this mass incarceration upon former inmates who will be discriminated against, legally, for the rest of their lives, denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits. Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action may blur our vision of injustice: most Americans know and don't know the truth about mass incarceration—but her carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable book should change that.—Publishers Weekly

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Blacks in Hispanic Literature: Critical Essays

Edited by Miriam DeCosta-Willis 

Blacks in Hispanic Literature is a collection of fourteen essays by scholars and creative writers from Africa and the Americas. Called one of two significant critical works on Afro-Hispanic literature to appear in the late 1970s, it includes the pioneering studies of Carter G. Woodson and Valaurez B. Spratlin, published in the 1930s, as well as the essays of scholars whose interpretations were shaped by the Black aesthetic. The early essays, primarily of the Black-as-subject in Spanish medieval and Golden Age literature, provide an historical context for understanding 20th-century creative works by African-descended, Hispanophone writers, such as Cuban Nicolás Guillén and Ecuadorean poet, novelist, and scholar Adalberto Ortiz, whose essay analyzes the significance of Negritude in Latin America. This collaborative text set the tone for later conferences in which writers and scholars worked together to promote, disseminate, and critique the literature of Spanish-speaking people of African descent. . . . Cited by a literary critic in 2004 as "the seminal study in the field of Afro-Hispanic Literature . . . on which most scholars in the field 'cut their teeth'."

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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