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“There is no place you or I can go, to think about or not think about, to summon the presences of, or recollect the absences of slaves . . . There is no suitable memorial, or plaque, or wreath, or wall, or park, or skyscraper lobby. There’s no 300-foot tower, there’s no small bench by the road. There is not even a tree scored, an initial that I can visit or you can visit in Charleston or Savannah or New York or Providence or better still on the banks of the Mississippi. And because such a place doesn’t exist . . . the book had to”

– Toni Morrison (The World, 1989).

Summer Syllabus (Part II)

Poems & Short Stories on Black Resistance. Texts include works by Assata Shakur, Zora Neale Hurston, Toni MOrrison, and Langston Hughes among others.

Summer Syllabus (Part I)

Essays & Speeches on Black Resistance. Texts include works by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael, Audre Lorde, and Toni Morrison among others.


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