Black Ink

Black Ink

Literary Legends on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure of Reading and Writing

eBook - 2018
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Spanning over 250 years of history, Black Ink traces black literature in America from Frederick Douglass to Ta-Nehisi Coates in this "breathtaking anthology celebrating the power of the written word to forge change" ( O, The Oprah Magazine ).

Throughout American history black people are the only group of people to have been forbidden by law to learn to read. This expansive collection seeks to shed light on that injustice, putting some of America's most cherished voices in a conversation in one magnificent volume that presents reading as an act of resistance.

Organized into three sections--the Peril, the Power, and the Pleasure--and featuring a vast array of contributors both classic and contemporary, Black Ink presents the brilliant diversity of black thought in America while solidifying the importance of these writers within the greater context of the American literary tradition. "This electric and electrifying collection of voices serves to open a much-needed window onto the freedom struggle of black literature. It's a marvel, and a genuine gift for readers everywhere" (Wil Haygood, author of The Butler: A Witness to History ).

Contributors include: Frederick Douglass, Solomon Northup, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Malcolm X, Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King, Jr., Toni Morrison, Walter Dean Myers, Stokely Carmichael [Kwame Ture], Alice Walker, Jamaica Kincaid, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Terry McMillan, Junot Diaz, Edwidge Danticat, Colson Whitehead, Marlon James, Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Colson Whitehead.

The anthology features a bonus in-depth interview with President Barack Obama.
Publisher: New York : 37 Ink/Atria, 2018.
Edition: First 37 InkAtria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501154300
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxiv, 244 pages)


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LPL_ShirleyB Jul 12, 2018

Vivid & resonate inspiration on the empowerment found in reading and writing by many historical and contemporary Black American authors--including an interview with President Barack Obama on "What books mean to me" from January 2017.

May 26, 2018

I spent my entire Saturday reading Black Ink and it was worth it! This is a lovely anthology featuring prominent authors of African descent emphasizing the importance of reading & writing our stories. Its theme is identical to that of Marita Golden's book, The Word, which I also loved. Books like these belong in the homes of all brown writers & readers.


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Dec 27, 2018

The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.
- author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


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