My First Book 'When A Purple Rose Blooms' is Available NOW

I am beyond excited to announce that my FIRST book When a Purple Rose Blooms is available!! You can order copies directly from my publisher Nomadic Press. Order here
The book is a collection of essays and poetry about my experiences with black womanhood. There's lots of humor, pain, and love on every page. This book wrote itself. I had no intention of releasing a book of poetry and essays, but when I saw how much I've written over the last 20 years I thought, "why not?" and went for it. 
The book launch is tonight, 7pm at the Oakland Peace Center. I will be launching my book along with 6 other new writers to Nomadic Press. I'm in great, literary company. 
Thank you to every person who has read this blog over the years, attended my readings, listened to my radio stories or read my articles. Thank you for your support. I hope you enjoy the book! 

Happy 87th Sigma Gamma Rho!

Happy Founders' Day to all of my BLUEtiful sisters of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. You see founders' days for members of black sororities and fraternities are like an extra holiday. It's a time where individual orgs gather to celebrate and reflect on the legacy of the founders and the organization's accomplishments.

One of the main reasons why I sought membership in this great sorority was because of the HERstory. Picture it: the year is 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Or as some people called it Klandiana because the highest concentration of Klansmen lived in the state. During this time racial lynchings are prevalent around the country. Seven black school teachers, all friends, attend Butler University, a predominately white school. According to a campus historian I spoke with, one of the Klan's leaders lived blocks from Butler. For years the school wouldn't even put pictures of black students in their yearbook. Don't forget, this was way before the Civil Rights and Womens Movements. Yet, Mary Lou Little, Dorothy Whiteside, Nannie Mae Johnson, Bessie Martin, Hattie Redford, Cubena McClure and Vivian Martin defied race and gender restrictions. On November 12, 1992 these teachers had the courage to start an organization for black women that uplifts the community and serves those in need.

More people need to have this type of attitude when looking into Black Fraternities and Sororities. There's more to these orgs than parties and step shows.


EEE-YIP! to my sorors all over the world. Have a blessed Founders' Day.

Comments

  1. Hey, my mother is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho. Much respect. I wonder how she will be celebrating. That reminds me. I need to call her.

    ReplyDelete
  2. You must have wonderful mother! Send her my founders' day greetings.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment