We are excited to celebrate this year’s Black Legacy Month with you by sharing a project we did last year in collaboration with the Fletcher Africana Club. We brought together the Fletcher community to highlight the names of black writers, poets, filmmakers, and artists that inspire us. Community members wrote their recommendations on Post-it notes and placed them on a whiteboard in the library.
As we enter this year’s Black Legacy Month, we hope that this list allows you to recognize and reflect on the struggles, successes, and remarkable contributions of African Americans. You can view the list below.
Mark Bradford – with paintings that live in the realm of collage, assemblage + sculpture, it’s hard to not be influenced or fall in love with Bradford’s work.
Essays by James Baldwin:
- Nothing Personal;
- Note of a Native Son
- Sonny’s Blues (from Going to Meet the Man)
- A Letter to My Nephew
Olio by Tyehimba Jess
When Race, Religion & Sports Collide by Dr. Darron Smith
Begin Again by Eddie Glaude (2020)
Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith
“Calling in Culture” (Ted Talk) by Loretta Ross
Black is King by Beyonce + (other prominent artists)