What are you reading? What type of books do you like to read? Although Black History month has ended today, still these two revolutionaries made history during Harlem Renaissance.
Harlem Renaissance was a movement that started in 1920s. It was an African American culture, particularly in the creative arts of that period. It later became one of the most influential movements in African American history. It created works for a lot of African American writers that had no opportunities then. Dorothy contributed to the writing of that movement, yet it took her years to write her first novel.
Her book became a masterpiece which called for a celebration due to many years it took to publish the book ( 26years). The Wedding was about people, her family, married life, love, color, and how race became an integral part of that novel. How race interfered in everything. Her determination to write after many failures blew my heart. I read her book in a comparative literature class about six years ago. Her determination to publish that book gained her attention. She was a timeless author whose work was admired by her co-authors Langston Hughes who once called her “A student of human race”.Why do professors incorporate people like her in literature? They do so because people can learn from their strengths.
W EB, Du Bois made history by becoming the first African America to earn a PhD from Harvard. He fought for black culture, for education and most especially for people to continuously aspire higher. He wrote many proses and poems. He created arts for his people. .
Sometimes, I worry about history. I worry also about those who intentionally misunderstood what history is all about. Our work is always a working process. Every timeless work of arts, takes time. Now to write a book or not to write a book is a decision one has to go through. Why is it difficult to produce a book? A book is not about show and tell as most people will tell you. If I quote Martin Buber “a book may die before it gets to its destination”. You never know where a book will come alive. This was based on his observations with his many books. Most timeless books may or may not get attention they deserve.
Secondly, a book may or may not have a purpose yet it will find a way to fulfill those purposes. Take Dorothy’s book for instance, the Wedding was about her family, marrying outside her race. From all indication, we also learned that race is not a cultural thing but a human thing. People will always look at you differently as long as you are different from them. I worry about all the war on race. One of the things I had never carried on my sleeve and I am sure you do not carry was how people see race. It takes away all we are, who we are, and why we are here on earth. In Dorothy`s world, we cannot help but ask the question “can people escape all the forces that had followed them all their lives? Must something always had to remind us about race? Of course yes!Can we escape been called out it either way. Are we directing our children in the right way?
Secondly, her book reminds us that it does not matter how many years it took to produce a book, just write. A book is a book regardless. Thanks for reminding us that race is a human thing. We cannot escape it. History lives on. This is also an opportunity to say thank you to all of you that have opened door for me; whether through a book, or webinar or all the stuff that matters to me. I hope we continue to work in harmony .I am still a working progress. I still put everything into considerations. Thank you all. Please if you want to know more about the book feel free to let me know.For all of you who have continued to seek peace For making our work easier. Thanks for all that you do to create peace. We continue to live because of all they have done.