Thanks, Amaka!

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What a delight to meet a UPenn first-year student who decided to meet women she wanted to know by starting a web interview series, "Women of Excellence." Thanks, Nneamaka (Amaka) Okonneh, for including me!

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Coming: Reading at Bucks County Community College, Orangery, Newtown Campus Friday, March 24 7:30 pm

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From the African-American Museum in Philadelphia's exhibit with the Philadelphia International Airport Exhibit program. "Mr. Basketball" Sonny Hill reading while the rest of us look out from the wall between Terminals E and F.

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Gomabseubnida!

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How do women do it? I met Lisa Chong talking to Prof. Vivan Gadsen's class in Grad Ed at UPenn about SafeKidsStories. Next thing I know, she's introduced my book, Free!, to the student book group she leads (and loves) at her church--in addition to teaching, learning, and her own family. Phenomenal.

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From W. Ralph Eubanks, Eudora Welty Visiting Scholar in Southern Studies at Millsaps College

This semester, as a visiting professor here at Millsaps College, I am teaching your book Black Ice as part of my class on the African American memoir. When you look at the African American memoir, moving from slave narratives to the present, this genre reveals the ways that the idea of blackness collides with American and regional cultural identity. My students found that was especially strong in your book. Most important of all, they saw a link between your book and W.E.B. DuBois’s The Souls of Black Folk, which is a foundational text for the course. Black Ice demonstrates how African American writers are using the memoir to create a cultural narrative that mirrors the growing diversity of the black experience in the 21st century. We moved to your book from Richard Wright’s Black Boy and The Autobiography of Malcolm X and I have really enjoyed the connections my students have made with those other texts. It’s been a real pleasure to teach your memoir.