African American Literacy and the “A.A. Community” Page

Heya,

As an African American writer I’ve realized just how much I need to portray ‘us’ as we want to be seen, need to be seen, in all of my books. I am dedicating a category to Black Authors because I want to lift up my community and support them in anyway that I can. Awareness is a great way to do so.

One of the first things I plan to highlight in this tab are black owned bookstores. It is important for black people to be given the gift of reading. Historically, it’s not something we are supposed to do. It’s a different day and age now. We have a chance to rise up and become better than we were. Catering to communities without reading and writing materials should be a priority. We should have every opportunity available to enhance our minds, souls and to educate ourselves. This isn’t something we can expect to be given to us. As current standards show, we must do it in our own communities.

That being said, we also have to use the resources given to us. Them being there for us to take is not enough! If we are given a bookstore but we never go in…how does that help us? If we are given a safe place to read and to enjoy the company of other scholars but we defile it, trash it and destroy its sanctuary…how does that inspire other would-be black business owners? Please share your thoughts on this. Comment what you think is the best way to help with literacy in the African American Community.

So keep watch of the “African American Community” page! If you want to support a black author or find a black owned bookstore follow the blog and hit this tab! I’ll be updating soon!

If you’ve read any books by black authors lately that you really enjoyed, feel free to write them in the comments below! Send me a link! Share the love! I’m always looking for great suggestions and plan to keep this tab up to date with new posts.
Happy Readdance,
Jade

3 thoughts on “African American Literacy and the “A.A. Community” Page

  1. Hey there. I’m not sure I understand what you meant by “historically, it’s not something we are supposed to do” regarding reading. All I know is that the Black people I grew up with loved reading. My parents saved up money and bought my siblings and I both Britannica and Compton’s. For hours, we’d lose ourselves in those pages. I also loved reading the dictionary. Not a tiny dictionary mind you, but a giant one that you could crush someone with. In the back of it was an atlas and gorgeous illustrations of horse, cat, and dog breeds. The gift of reading has been something not only denied of black people during slavery, but coveted once we gained our freedom through blood, sweat, and tears. To fall into the trap of accepting a negative stereotype about our people is one thing, but to recognize it for the lie that is, is another thing. There are plenty of black-owned businesses — yes, even bookstores — all you have to do is look for them via Internet. I don’t think you meant any harm, but the way some of your post came across, I felt it all the same.

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    1. You said exactly what I meant by “Historically…” We were denied the gift of reading- slaves who weren’t allowed to learn or to teach themselves out of fear. We should feel it.
      We should definitely feel how the opportunity was taken away and how important it is that we have it accessible to us. Specifically. Not take advantage of it.
      I’m not saying there are no black owned bookstores. I’m going to be promoting them, as I find new ones I like, on the site.

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