Category: john a williams

Interracial Intimacy and “Loving v. Virginia” Syllabus

Over the past year, I have been thinking about a project that am currently working on. The project involves examining African American texts from the 1960s and 1970s that center on interracial relationships. I chose this time period because the Supreme Court struck down anti-miscegenation laws in 1967 in Loving v. Virginia; however, even forty years later, racist individuals still disapproved of interracial relationships. … Read More Interracial Intimacy and “Loving v. Virginia” Syllabus

Interracial Relationships in Toomer’s "Bona and Paul"

Thinking about the idea of white womanhood in Toomer’s “Becky” and African American womanhood in “Blood Burning-Moon,” I commented that the concluding vignette of the Northern section, “Bona and Paul,” contains some similarities to the two Southern vignettes. “Bona and Paul” focuses on two Southerners, Paul, a phenotypically white male who tentatively starts a relationship with a white co-ed Bona. Looking at “Bona and … Read More Interracial Relationships in Toomer’s "Bona and Paul"

John A. Williams’s "Sons of Darkness, Sons of Light"

Over the summer John A. Williams passed away. Last week, I picked up his novel Sons of Darkness, Sons of Light (1969), a work that resonates some 45 years after its initial publication because of the topics it tackles. Taking place in 1973, the narrative focuses. mainly on Eugene Browning, and African American middle-aged male who works for the Institute for Racial Justice (IRJ). At … Read More John A. Williams’s "Sons of Darkness, Sons of Light"

All Eyes Are on the Gridiron: Football, Protest, and Discrepancies

From CNN Like millions of people do every weekend, I sat down to watch college and professional football this past weekend. Over the last few years, I have come to perceive this sport in a different light. While I still enjoy watching the game, new thoughts have emerged that have caused me to think about the larger, cultural aspects of America’s new national pastime. … Read More All Eyes Are on the Gridiron: Football, Protest, and Discrepancies