One can hear Sterling A. Brown’s, her professor during her time as a graduate student at Howard University, influence in the folk architecture in the end of the conclusion to … Read More
In Toni Morrison’s novel, Beloved, exercising memory encapsulates the central narrative technique of the story. Storytelling itself parallels the novels focus point which seeks to memorialize the unacknowledged families … Read More
There is a common thread between the protagonist’s in Kindred, Dessa Rose, and Family that demonstrates how African American female agency negotiates the antebellum role of “mammy.” In all three … Read More
Good morning, daddy! Ain’t you heard The boogie-woogie rumble Of a dream deferred? Listen closely: You’ll hear their feet Beating out and beat out a – You think It’s a … Read More
Sterling Brown’s scholarship in folk culture and African American history is unparalleled when considering the poets of the Harlem Renaissance. Brown’s first collection of poems, Southern Road, was published in 1932 to high critical acclaim. Although he is often thought of as a blues poet, his influences included folk ballads, work songs, secular songs and stories, as well as spirituals passed on through generations.