Category Archives: Writing

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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The Long 18th Century

Readers of this site know its focus on Black, World, and Chicago writing, as well as on issues of inequality and poverty, the wealth gap, imperialism and colonialism, race and racism, and the like.  My courses carry a contemporary or … 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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