Thursday, September 6, 2007

Being A Black Man

What is it like to be a black male? Last year, the Washington Post published a year long series of poignant articles answering this very question.

For those of you who are familiar with the series Being A Black Man, it has now been published into a book, Being A Black Man: At the Corner of Progress and Peril. The articles have been collected into one volume that includes an introduction by Pulitzer-prize winning author Edward P. Jones who writes about growing up without a father in D.C., an essay on black male identity by syndicated columnist Eugene Robinson, a discussion about black men and spirituality, and a candid interview with BET founder Bob Johnson.

My favorite articles from the series were For the Love of Ballou, a story about two high school students from a low-income neighborhood that tutored their classmates and inspired them to achieve; and The Wrong Man, about a black male hairdresser (who used to do my hair by the way) that was mistaken for a fugitive and wrongly jailed.

A great addition to your library.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. I read several articles from this Washington Post series some time ago, but didn't know it's now available in a book format.