February 01, 2011

Celebrating Black History Month: Live Angela Davis and Toni Morrison

In celebration of Black History Month, I plan to feature a few of my hair inspirations as well as icons. First up are Angela Davis and Toni Morrison :o)

Activist, philosopher and writer, Angela Davis, was once on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. Her image - is associated with the Black Panthers, and the Black Power Movement. Very few know that before the Black Panthers, she was active with the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, SNCC, and that she ran for U.S. Vice President in 1985 on the Communist Party Ticket.

Some of her books include, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertude "MA" Rainey, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday, Women, Culture and Politics, and Angela Davis: An Autobiography.

Novelist, editor and professor, Toni Morrison has won the Nobel prize in Literature - the first black woman to do so - and the Pulitzer, as well as other literary awards. Some of her books include, Sula, The Bluest Eye, Beloved, Paradise, Love, Song of Solomon, Tar Baby, Remember and The Dancing Mind.

An excerpt from her Nobel Lecture reads...
"Tell us what it is to be a woman so that we may know what it is to be a man. What moves at the margin. What it is to have no home in this place. To be set adrift from the one you knew. What it is to live at the edge of towns that cannot bear your company."

I just looove YouTube! Check out this video series I came across with Toni Morrison and Angela Davis recorded at the New York Public Library speaking about literacy and more :o)

There are eight parts to the video - see links below. Also be sure to check out the NYPL YouTube Channel for more interesting speakers.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Toni Morrison
Angela Davis

Peace and Blessings

1 comment:

Keianna Johnson (KeeKeeAllNatural) said...

I love this Laquita. This is a really nice of the ladies rocking their Natural Hair Styles with pride & grace.