Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?
Yikes! I was sitting here doing some work and realized that my post was supposed to go up over an hour ago! I blame the fact that one of my classes uses a WordPress blog site and so I had in my mind that I had already been working with WordPress this week. Clearly that means I had already done my coffee share post. Right?
It has been a week. Personally I had: accepted a new job within my university, started the two summer classes I’m taking, and realized that I will be spending the summer pretty much flat out working between school, paid employment, and my library internship. It’s going to be busy times, and with the added strangeness that most of this will be taking place still within the confines of my room.
But there have been larger things happening this week that have taken my time and attention. Protesters have been taking to the streets in great numbers, calling for much needed and long over-due reform and change.
There have been a lot of amazing posts out there, wonderful people talking about the issues. Excellent resources for books to read, movies to watch, music to listen to. I’ve seen compilations of black-owned businesses to support.
I’ve been trying to do what I can to help raise up black voices. I can’t go out and protest (for a number of reasons), I can’t donate, but I can raise up voices and educate where I see the need.
One of the projects that caught my attention was in a conversation with a friend of mine who is in a doctorate program in sociology. We went to High School together, but went different directions in higher education. When talking about seminal works by black authors the things that I thought “everyone had encountered” I discovered that she had not heard of them! Instead her seminal works were things I either hadn’t heard of, or have more recently learned about. We’re chalking it up to the difference between general humanities studies, and the social sciences.
But it got me wanting to develop a list of important works by black authors across disciplines and genres. There have been some lists I’ve seen, and I plan to draw from those (and credit them of course!) but I’m curious, what books by black authors do you think of as important for everyone to read? (and, again, I know that I have people who are not from the United States in this group – I am interested to hear your thoughts as well!)