by Janine Fondon In 1934, a New York Times book review of Zora Neale Hurston's novel Jonah's Gourd Vine reads, " can be called, without fear of exaggeration, the most vital and original novel about the American Negro that has yet been written by a member of the Negro race....
50 Years Later "Even today is my complaint rebellious..." Fifty years ago, Richard Wright chose this line from Job, words at once plaintive and defiant, as a telling epigraph to his novel Native Son. The actual novel then begins with the prophetic ringing of an alarm clock--as if Wright wishes to...
Ralph Ellison

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RALPH ELLISON'S INVISIBLE MAN Ralph Elision's Invisible Man explores the inconsistency between outward appearance and inner self- a reality which is both elusive and evanescent. The title itself suggests this fragility of appearance. From the narrator's first encounter with Dr. Bledsoe, the college president, to his dealings later with the...
W.E.B. Du Bois

W.E.B. Du Bois

On the Backlash to the Previous Letter After the May 1922 Issue of The Crisis Magazine, was published, W.E.B. Dubois was severely upbraided for his analysis of Lincoln. The following is his response to such criticism which was subsequently published in the September 1922 issue. We love to think of...
W.E.B. Du Bois

W.E.B. Du Bois

Crusaders For Peace: A Book Review Black civil rights activist, writer and scholar W.E.B. Du Bois is finally beginning to receive the attention and acclaim that he so well deserves. In September 1991, Discovery Enterprises,Ltd., a publishing company in Lowell, Massachusetts, released what is proving to be quite a popular...
Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass Oration in memory of Abraham Lincoln by Frederick Douglas, given on April 14, 1876, the anniversary of Lincoln's assassination and of the emancipation of the slaves in the District of Columbia. All day long he could split heavy rails in the woods, and half the...