Category: lillian e smith

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Confronting Ourselves and The Fear of Action

Over the years, I have thought about the reasons why individuals continue to cling tightly to their beliefs, beliefs based in fear that spawn hatred. I’ve struggled to come to grips with this aspect of humanity and to untangle its roots. What I have come to realize is that change and growth cannot occur until one decides to come face to face with themselves. … Read More Confronting Ourselves and The Fear of Action

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Johnnie-Ray Knox and The Hope in the Future

In the last post, I wrote about the mother and son in P. Djèlí Clark’s Ring Shout who finally see the monstrous effects of racism on an individual at the end of the novel. I taught Clark’s Ring Shout in my Multiethnic American Literature course a few weeks ago, and we followed up Clark’s novella with David Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene’s Bitter … Read More Johnnie-Ray Knox and The Hope in the Future

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The Monsters Within in P. Djèlí Clark’s “Ring Shout”

As I read and taught P. Djèlí Clark’s Ring Shout, a lot of things stood out, specifically when thinking about the Gothic and the EthnoGothic. The sheer amount of themes that Clark packs into the novella is, at times, overwhelming, but it all adds to the rich and layered narrative that weaves its way throughout Ring Shout. While I could focus on any number … Read More The Monsters Within in P. Djèlí Clark’s “Ring Shout”

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Dope with Lime” LES Center Podcast: Part V

Over the past few posts, I have written about some of the episodes I’ve recorded for “Dope with Lime,” the Lillian E. Smith Center’s podcast series that I have been doing this past year. Today, I want to share with you three of the latest episodes from season two. These episodes include conversations with William Brantley, LES Scholars Madison Hatfield and Mike Adams, and … Read More Dope with Lime” LES Center Podcast: Part V

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Dope with Lime” LES Center Podcast: Part IV

Last post, I wrote about the some of the episodes I’ve recorded for “Dope with Lime,” the Lillian E. Smith Center’s podcast series that I have been doing this past year. Today, I want to share with you the three more episodes from season two. These episodes include conversations with Monica Miller, Sho Baraka, and Melanie Morrison. We talk about a wide range of … Read More Dope with Lime” LES Center Podcast: Part IV