Read until you understand : the profound wisdom of Black life and literature /

""A masterpiece. . . . Farah Jasmine Griffin's magical words enchant and empower us like those of her towering heroes." -Cornel West. Farah Jasmine Griffin's beloved father died when she was nine, bequeathing her an unparalleled inheritance in closets full of remarkable book...

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Author / Creator:Griffin, Farah Jasmine, author.
Edition:First edition.
Imprint:New York, NY : W. W. Norton & Company, 2021.
Description:xii, 257 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:English
Subject:Griffin, Farah Jasmine -- Books and reading.
American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
African Americans -- Intellectual life.
African Americans -- Social conditions.
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / African American & Black.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / African American & Black.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs.
African Americans -- Intellectual life.
African Americans -- Social conditions.
Books and reading.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/12627091
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ISBN:9780393651904
0393651908
9780393651911
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary:""A masterpiece. . . . Farah Jasmine Griffin's magical words enchant and empower us like those of her towering heroes." -Cornel West. Farah Jasmine Griffin's beloved father died when she was nine, bequeathing her an unparalleled inheritance in closets full of remarkable books and other records of Black genius. In Read Until You understand-a line from a note he wrote to her-she shares a lifetime of discoveries: the ideas that framed the United States Constitution and that inspired Malcolm X's fervent speeches, the soulful music of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, the daring literature of Phillis Wheatley and Toni Morrison, the artistry of Romare Bearden, and many others. Having taught a popular Columbia University survey course of Black literature, she explores themes such as grace, justice, rage, self-determination, beauty, and mercy to help readers grapple with the ongoing project that is American democracy. Joining her experiences in Black communities with her immersion in the glorious works of Black artists, Read Until You Understand is a powerful testament to the enduring wisdom of Black culture and history"--
Other form:ebook version : 9780393651911