Learning, Unlearning, and
Re-Learning at almost 52!
“Advocating for new systems often requires demolishing the old way of doing things, and we hold back for fear of rocking the boat”
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Adam Grant
New things I learned which took me by surprise
I discovered one of my ancestors was an entertainer in the late late 1800s, early 1900s--her husband appeared on stage in Black-face and they performed this dance.
Booker T. Washington’s venture into Togo, Africa with a cotton plantation. This history about was among the most difficult papers I read this semester; along the treatment of Colonized Africans and of mixed-race Afro-Germans. Of course, I learned a good deal more about the Nazi’s
- BOOKER T. WASHINGTON, TUSKEGEE INSTITUTE, AND THE GERMAN EMPIRE: RACE AND COTTON IN THE BLACK ATLANTIC.
- A German Alabama in Germany and an excerpt from Andrew Zimmerman’s book about Booker T. and his cotton plantation venture in Togo, Africa.
- Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant (awesome)
- All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture 1830-1900 by Martha S. Jones. [Digital version is available via MU libraries]
- Strange Fruit: Why Both Sides are Wrong in the Race Debate: Kenan Malik
- A Breath of Freedom: The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs and Germany, by Maria Hohn and Martin Klimke
- Black Germany: THe Making and UnMaking of a Diaspora Community: 1884-1960 by Robbie Aitken and Eve Rosenhaft
- Germany and The Diaspora: Points of Contact, 1250-1914 by Mischa Honeck, Martin Klimke, and Anne Kuhlmann
- Destined to Witness: Growing Up in Black Nazi Germany, by Hans J. Massaquoi
- Mary Church Terrell: “The Picture of Health”: The Public Life and Private Ailments of Mary Church Terrell
- American to the backbone : the life of James W.C. Pennington, the fugitive slave who became one of the first black abolitionists / Christopher L. Webber (Excellent summary)
Borg’s book (Meeting Jesus Again...has fabulous end notes which lead me borrow from my pastor: In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza and Dirt, Greed and Sex: Sexual Ethics in the New Testament and their Implications for Today by William L. Countryman.
Last Sunday 3.2.16 Bryan Stevenson was a MU guest at Jesse Hall and spoke of injustice in the criminal justice system (he is a death row attorney). His book Just Mercy is profound (please watch his TedTalk) -- and another book I really want to delve into is: Lloyd Gains and the Fight to End Segregation by James W. Endersby and William T. Horner.
This morning I am watching an interview via C-SPAN online: Secrets of the Underground Railroad Don Papson talked about his book, Secret Lives of the Underground Railroad in New York City: Sydney Howard Gay, Louis Napoleon and the Record of Fugitives. Mr. Papson spoke about the “Record of Fugitives,” a previously unpublished text from the 1850s kept by abolitionist Sydney Howard Gay, in which he reveals his close collaboration with Louis Napoleon, a free black who helped many runaway slaves escape to freedom. Mr. Papson co-wrote the book with Tom Calarco -- of which I also have a signed copy:-).
Mr. Papson's wife has roots in Columbia, they will be in town this weekend. I did some cool genealogical research on their family over winter break on Alexander Campbell and Alexander Hicks. Check out Mr. Papson's CSPAN interview. I am excited to be a guest at my neighbor's DAR book club Christina Maring they will be discussing Woody Holton's book Abigail Adams.
Practice Makes Perfect, but it doesn’t make new….Although America is a land of individuality and unique self-expression in search of excellence and in fear of failure...most of us opt to fit in rather than stand out.Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Adam Grant