“The graduation…

"The graduation at Fort Hare offered a moment of introspection and reflection. I was struck most forcefully by the discrepancy between my old assumptions and my actual experience. I had discarded my presumptions that graduates automatically become leaders and that my connection to the Thembu royal house guaranteed me respect. Having a successful career and… Continue reading “The graduation…

My Reading List, The Books

Over a Month Spent on “12 Years…”

"'There are monkeys among white people as well as black, when you come to that,' coolly remarked Bass.  'I know some white men that use arguments no sensible monkey would.  But let that pass.  These niggers are human beings.  If they don't know as much as their masters, who fault is it?  They are not… Continue reading Over a Month Spent on “12 Years…”

The Books

Inside “The Big Sea”

A Look at the Socio-Political Implications of Langston Hughes' Autobiography “You see, unfortunately, I am not black…. In Africa, the word is more pure. It means all Negro, therefore black.” (Hughes 11) So begins Langston Hughes’ flashback into his childhood in The Big Sea, the autobiography that narrates his life and times until the end… Continue reading Inside “The Big Sea”