Black History Book Quote

Notable Passage About Black History in Four Hundred Souls

I still have about half of Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America 1619-2019 left to read this week. But I’m still thinking about one particular passage from one particular piece included within its choir of voices, “Whipped for Lying with a Black Woman” by Ijeoma Oluo. This piece holds a passage that illustrates a part of Black History we so often willfully forget or purposefully neglect to remember: how racism was codified into the very laws of our nation since its very inception, as far back as 1630 when the colonies were still taking shape. 

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Writing a Letter of Love, Admiration, and Solace

I chose this week’s writing prompt: write a letter of love, admiration, or solace, precisely because most of us tend to think of it as something that’s cliché or common to do on Valentine’s Day. But the reality is, it’s not at all a common thing to do. Not in today’s world. In fact, there’s an entire greeting card industry that’s counting on you not writing your own letter, ever, for any occasion at all— whether it’s a letter of love, admiration, thanks, solace, congratulations, etc. 

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What Makes a Letter Necessary and Timeless Right Now?

What makes a letter captivating? Valuable? Timeless? Is its inherent value defined by its writer’s identity or style? By an important historical moment that’s captured? Or something else more ephemeral and less palpable?

Why should we write a letter of love, admiration, or solace now, when it’s so easy to just pick up a smartphone and text or video chat with someone at a moment’s notice? 

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Writing an Inaugural Address or Poem

I haven’t written a speech since I was an undergraduate in college. Sure, I’ve led discussions and given some presentations to both small and large groups over the course of my professional life. But it’s been quite some time since I have written an official speech. So, it should go without saying, I had to go back to the basics when getting started with this week’s writing prompt

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