Hardback Read until you understand : the profound wisdom of Black life and literature / Farah Jasmine Griffin.
Publication year: 2021
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton and Company,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780393651904 (hbk.) :
Griffin's beloved father died when she was nine, bequeathing her an unparalleled inheritance of remarkable books and other records of Black genius. She shares a lifetime of discoveries: the ideas that framed the US Constitution and that inspired Malcolm X's fervent speeches, the soulful music of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, the daring literature of Phillis Wheatley and Toni Morrison, the artistry of Romare Bearden and many others. Having taught a popular Columbia University survey course of Black literature, she explores themes such as grace, justice, rage, self-determination, beauty and mercy to help readers grapple with the ongoing project that is American democracy. Joining her experiences in Black communities with her immersion in the glorious works of Black artists, this title is a powerful testament to the enduring wisdom of Black culture and history.
272 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm