Category Archives: Black Writers

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Rev. John L. Tilley: The Fountain of Time

Because he had to work to help support his family and could not attend school regularly, John Lee Tilley (1898-1971) did not graduate high school until he was 23.  He went to Shaw University for a B.A., and then—as important … Continue reading

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Black Writers Picture Themselves – Part 2

Burt Britton’s 1976 book Self-Portrait: Book People Picture Themselves contains nearly 750 self-portraits of writers and actors, from Edward Abbey (A) to Paul Zweig (Z).  It all started when Britton, then tending bar in New York, tried to get a … Continue reading

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James Alan McPherson: Junior and John Doe

James Alan McPherson wrote “Junior and John Doe” for Gerald Early’s 1993 essay collection Lure and Loathing: Essays on Race, Identity, and the Ambivalence of Assimilation.  It’s a great essay in a great and important collection.  Twenty writers—on a spectrum … Continue reading

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