When we think about “black literature” we are often put in the frame of mind of scandalous novels that paint a picture that glorifies life in the ghetto. A collection of words that depict the “black experience” as one that includes a prison sentence, life on drugs or dealing them and in some cases one of a broken family. These depictions are indeed realities within the black community but definitely not exclusive to it. These issues plague a multitude of communities yet we are the race that consistently and continuously glorifies the negative aspects of our lives. Now don’t misinterpret my message here, the truth regarding life should always be told whether through fiction or documentary – regardless how dismal its portrayal; but as a people we should make a conscious decision to not only read the entertaining depictions of life that are often personified in urban fiction, but balance that with readings that will uplift and motivate the reader to deeply examine their history, the incredible sacrifices made for them and provide prophetic looks into the future. Black Awareness Forum serves as that platform to encourage thoughts and interpretations of some of black literatures most influential works. Our forum will open up conversations, examine how far we have come and shed a little light on what direction we need to go. Literature by iconic authors like: W.E. B. Dubois, Cornel West, Sonia Sanchez and Carter Woodson (just to name a few) will lend their analysis on the makeup of our people in an uncompromising manner.
Be sure to check out Black Awareness Forum’s Literature page for month long conversations on compelling black literature. We will feature a book each month, beginning February with W.E.B. Dubois’ The Souls of Black Folk . Use your voice to join in the cause and contribute to the uplifting that The New Black Movement stands for.