“Coming of Age in Mississippi”, a memoir by Anne Moody, details her life story from childhood through her years at college as a young adult in the prime of the civil rights movement in the rural southern United States. This book was first published by Bantam Dell Publishing in 1968, and has been deemed a classic in its recount of Moody’s personal and political struggles against racism as an African American female in the South. I believe this book’s subject matter is social in nature, and deals with many issues including race, class, gender and politics. With the above mentioned, it is my belief that this book is very relative to the social sciences field. As stated earlier, this book details the life of the author from childhood through adulthood.
Doris Salcedo has been a well-known artist since the early 1990s. Her art has demonstrated a great verity of emotions that closely relate to expressing pain, mourning, loss, and trauma. Salcedo was born in 1958 and grew up in the city of Bogota, Colombia. She obtained her fine arts degree in the Universidad de Bogata Jorge Tadeo Lozano at the age of 22. She later earned her Masters at New York University in the year 1984, only four years after receiving her bachelors.
Angelou soon moved on and spent much of the 1960s trying other things from living in Egypt, to living in Ghana, to working as an editor and a freelance writer. She also earned herself a spot at the University of Ghana for a while. After returning home to the United States, she was urged to write about her life experiences. Her writings were extremely successful in 1969 when her memoir concerning her childhood and young adult life made history. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman and ended up making her famous.
Fighting the Hate of Beauty Toni Morrison is an author who loves to write about black experiences. She published her first book in 1970 were racism was still a big topic. In her novel she like to give people an idea of what the daily struggle it is to be an African American. Morrison is one of the best authors that portrays a struggle in society because she is never scared to write the truth. Some of Morrison works are very vivid to really illustrate the whole picture she paints through the novel.
Before reading Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, I already had a clear understanding of the slave experience through reading other slave narratives and watching films about the topic, but never before have I read the slave experience from the perspective of a woman. After reading this book, I developed a deeper understanding of how slavery affected women differently than it affected men, and how slavery complicated the already difficult task of motherhood. For both Harriet and her grandmother, slavery was an extremely arduous obstacle that stood in the way of a healthy family dynamic. Both women went to extreme lengths to ensure that their children would be free and not have to suffer from the condition of slavery that they did. Harriet’s
Most of these honors classes have also counted as college credits so that means the 45 credits of pre-admissions requisites can turn into less. I have also attended the Allied Health class during my second and third year of high school and obtained my CNA certificate this past year as well. My family and I are involved in the migrant program. I am a focused person that is determined to reach my goals. Finding a way to pay for my schooling would be to get as many scholarships as I can obtain and apply for.
In order to empower themselves and their children, the mothers reinforce their African American identity and then pass down their knowledge on traditions, history, and music to their children (Dow, “Racial Distinctions” 89). Dow notes that some mothers even choose to reclaim the racial stereotype of a strong black woman, who is required to be self-reliant and self-contained, in order to help their daughters embrace a positive self-image. Jordana from Dow’s study asserts that “I think it is important to role model for my daughter being a strong woman […] I think in certain settings strong black women are thought of as aggressive women, and it is thought of negatively… [but] to me it is a positive thing… it means unwavering values, goal-oriented, recognizing your beauty, and possessing self-love” (Dow, “Negotiating” 47). By rearticulating the purpose of a “strong black woman” and removing its negative connotations, working-class African American mothers are able to reclaim their authority and place themselves in a position of empowerment that withstands both a patriarchal and racist society. In addition, othermothers who share responsibilities of childrearing with African American mothers tend to educate the children through an Afrocentric framework.
For example Tiffany starts off “Um, every time, it, it, seems like, well, the two times I went, it seemed like there was the group of black people, and there was like five or six of us, and we were all congregated in the corner, and then there was, like, everybody else.” These aren’t students straight out of high school. At least they have an undergraduate degree; at most they have a master’s degree. Yet they conduct an interview using casual language as if they were hanging
Gina Rodeghero 11/22/2015 Journalist Profile News 108 Ida Tarbell and the take down of John Rockefeller Ida Minerva Tarbell was born on November 5, 1857 in Erie County, Pennsylvania. She attended Allegheny College and was the only woman in her graduating class. She studied biology in the beginning but then had a growing interest in writing. (The Biography.com editors, "Ida Tarbell Biography") She was a muckraker, and an investigative reporter, she was also one of the pioneers in the field of journalism. Tarbell had a concern about the monopolies due to the experiences she had as a child.
As a Birmingham, Alabama native, Angela Davis was exposed to racism and discrimination at an extremely young age. Both her background and upbringing molded her into becoming an activist. Her activism focused on combating the discrimination of black people. Thus, she was extremely passionate about the concept of the prison-industrial complex, because many people of color in the United States are subjected to the injustices of the prison system. Davis became interested in this issue, because she personally endured a fifteen-month jail sentence.