Testimony: Young African-Americans on Self-Discovery and Black Identity / Edition 1

Testimony: Young African-Americans on Self-Discovery and Black Identity / Edition 1

by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807009296

ISBN-13: 9780807009291

Pub. Date: 01/28/1995

Publisher: Beacon

Black youth, particularly college-educated youth, are the supposed inheritors of the civil rights struggles. Although symbols of victory for the generation that came befpre them, they are actively engaged in a new struggle—one for their own identities.

In Testimony, Black students across the country express their generation's shared

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Overview

Black youth, particularly college-educated youth, are the supposed inheritors of the civil rights struggles. Although symbols of victory for the generation that came befpre them, they are actively engaged in a new struggle—one for their own identities.

In Testimony, Black students across the country express their generation's shared experiences—from racism in school to the politics of hair. One student considers the dynamics between Black men and women as he explores his own relationships; another writes of ther decision to attend a women's college, and the importance of women role models in her development. Through their compelling poetry and prose, these student writers claim identities from fragmented lives, embrace themselves, and resurrect their spirits.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807009291
Publisher:
Beacon
Publication date:
01/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
307
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Note to the Reader
Introduction: On Giving Testimony, or the Processes of Becoming1
Pt. 1A Spell of Finding: Beginning the Journey11
A Spell of Finding13
The Ones Who Stole the Night14
Malik's Brother Died in 196316
The Fire This Time18
Livin' Just Enough for the City26
In Remembrance Of31
Memoirs after Surviving Well35
Untitled39
visitations40
Pt. 2The Preserving: Family and Friends43
Mississippi Midwife45
The Preserving46
uncle Tall twin48
To Set upon a Shelf50
Questions I Have Not Asked My Mother59
Yearning61
the trio65
Letters to My Sister70
For My Sister76
the wind still breezes your name81
Pt. 3In Love and Trouble85
we sit on the stairs sometimes87
Obsessive Love89
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall93
Why a Black Woman Could Never Be President98
Shades of Grief: The Plight of a Battered Woman101
When Words Contradict Actions104
A Liar in Love109
Slow Dance116
Pt. 4The Eyes of Seers: Educating and Re-educating Ourselves117
To Phillis Wheatley119
Southern University, 1962127
From White to Black Campus129
Eastley Echoes (excerpt)133
White Friends137
Untitled138
Half Gold, Half Black: Thai Journals, 1979-80 (excerpts)141
Accent149
Field Trip155
Pt. 5You Ask Me What Hip Hop Is: Art and Aesthetics157
Billie's Blue159
You Ask Me What Hip Hop Is160
The Battle163
This Poem179
Hazy Shade of Revolutionary182
Pimp 4 Life188
Pt. 6Coming into Myself: Establishing Black Identity195
Untitled197
ABC198
Coming into Myself202
Living Out Loud206
How It Was for Me210
Becoming the Third Wave215
Pt. 7MOVE: Revolution and Solution219
Youth221
For All the "Think-They-Conscious" Writers222
2,190 Days in the Life of a B-Boy: A Freestyle Chronicle of a Culture224
The Darker the Berry231
The Straight and Narrow236
Nia Song242
On Generation X243
African-Based/African-Centered African Females and Males: Messengers and Manifestations of MA'AT248
X1 (unknown)259
Contributors263
Credits271

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