Does your life as an African American in the USA seem a bit insane? Are you asking yourself questions and having racial encounters every day about which white folks have no clue? This book lets you know that you're neither crazy nor alone. In addition, if you're a white person seeking to show up as an accomplice to African Americans, you'll gain precious clues as you witness real-life scenarios you may otherwise have never known.
In the tradition of Langston Hughes' final work, Black Misery, author/cultural liberationist, Anika Nailah, shares 30 common moments in 21st Century Black American life. C. Andrew Williams' humorous yet poignant black and white illustrations enhance those scenarios to create the Everyday in the USA: 30 Black Moments experience of an undisguised portrayal of life in Black America.
The unapologetic, intimate, and ironic tone will feel familiar to African Americans, while quite eye-opening to white readers, perfectly serving as a catalyst to spearhead thoughtful cross-racial and African American community conversations.
The Ready to Go Deeper Anti-Racism Guide at the back of the book also provides 31 activities for using the book to help you not only examine individually, in workplaces, in neighborhoods, and other group settings, crucial and urgent questions about racial oppression, but offers concrete steps you can take to turn reflection into active interruption of racism in the United States of America.
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About the Author
She has taught fiction and creative nonfiction at Wheaton College, adult basic literacy and thesis research skills at Cambridge College, and anti-racism at Smith College's School for Social Work. Anika is also the founder and former director of Books of Hope, a Boston-based, youth literacy program, that engages young people to write, publish, and sell their own books.
A Black Writers Alliance Gold Pen Award Nominee, her first book, Free and Other Stories, was chosen as one of the best short story collections of 2002 by Black Issues Book Review and was selected for inclusion in The New York Public Library's 2003 Books for the Teen Age List. Her short story, Draggin' the Dog, was also published in Gumbo: An Anthology of African American Writing and broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Americana series.
Currently residing in New England, providing social justice consulting and writing coaching, she holds healing space to interrupt racism across the USA.
C. Andrew Williams uses illustration to express his inner worlds and perceptions, as well as assist others in expressing their own. A longtime fan of animated movies, tv shows, video games, and all things fanciful and fun, he works a job by day, and transforms into an illustrator at night.
Table of Contents
Introduction or How Langston Hughes Found Me
The Tender Years
The College Years
Making a Living
Movin' On Up
The Golden Years
Ready to Go Deeper? (Anti-Racism Guide)