“A Birthday Story”- Happy First Birthday March 2017

I celebrated the first anniversary of my children’s book A Birthday Story last month, and today April 1st I am celebrating my first royalty check.  Thanks to those of you who have purchased my book.  I hope that you or the one that you might have purchased the book for enjoy the book through many readings, and that you return to amazon.com, Barnes and Nobles.com or Xlibris.com to purchase additional copies.  I also donated several copies of the book to a non-profit reading program, everybodywinsiowa.org.  March was a good month for my book.  I am inspired by its success.




Women’s History Month and…

Happy Women’s History Month!  March is women’s history month.  I see this month like I see Black History Month.  You celebrate the accomplishments of women and African Americans all year long.  So on this blog I have posted information about  women in prior months. I will not be posting anything special for this month.  I do want to acknowledge the demonstrations and activities that I’ve seen on media and social media- Facebook, etc.  that others have posted to honor women in this month.  Go take a look.

I just finished a short story about Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence.  The title of the story, “Who Would Kill My Mother.”   Did I tell you this before?  Excuse me if I did,  it’s on my mind.  But it was my first short story and I’ve submitted it to some publications.  I hope to be able to supplied the name of the one that publishes the story in a few months.

I’m also reviewing my poetry.  Thinking about submitted some of it for publication in the coming months.  I posted a poem on Goodreads.  Go take a look at “Twenty-One Is An Age” and  comment please.


Civil Rights Icon Julian Bond Honored with New Scholarship Program at Indiana University School of Law 

This week’s post is about diversity, i.e. the state of variety or the state of being diverse.
The first story, the headline for this post, comes from “Good Black News”. Civil rights icon Julian Bond is being honored with a new scholarship program at the Indiana University School of Law. The full story from “Good Black News” follows, my second story.

The second story, in the Des Moines West Register for Tuesday, November 22, 2016, is a report on the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), staff members that were honored with tapestry awards in November, 2016. The awards were presented to DMACC Urban Campus Provost Laura Douglas, and Marvin DeJear, Director of the Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families. The tapestry award is presented by the DMACC Diversity Commission to recognize individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity. DeJear, was given the ward for his efforts in encouraging diversity at DMACC.



Julian Bond (photo via history.com)

article via jbhe.com

The Mauer School of Law at Indiana University in Bloomington has entered into a partnership with the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama, to create the Julian Bond Law Scholars program. Bond, the noted civil rights leader, legislator, NAACP chair,  and long-time faculty member at the University of Virginia who died in 2015, was the co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Each year the program will provide one Julian Bond Law Scholar with a scholarship equal to a minimum of 50 percent and up to a maximum of 100 percent of tuition. In addition, the scholarship recipients will be offered a summer externship upon completion of their first year of law school, with a $4,000 stipend to cover living expenses; and a research assistantship during their second or third year with a law school faculty member.

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AALBC.com’s 50 Favorite African-American Authors of the 20th Century

The internet is filled with list of writers. I published two already tonight. Here is one from the summer. Some of the writers will appear on more than one list, I think.


(photo via aalbc.com)

article via aalbc.com

1,826 readers cast votes back in 2001 for their favorite African-American authors. Here we share the 50 authors who received the most votes ranked in the order of the total number of votes received.  Below are the top 15.  To see the rest, go to: http://aalbc.com/authors/top50authors.php?

# 1 — (6.24%) Toni Morrison # 2 — (5.42%) Zora Neale Hurston # 3 — (4.82%) Maya Angelou # 4 — (4.71%) J. California Cooper # 5 — (4.33%) Alice Walker # 6 — (3.94%) Langston Hughes # 7 — (3.72%) E. Lynn Harris # 8 — (3.56%) James Baldwin # 9 — (3.23%) Terry McMillan # 10 — (3.18%) Bebe Moore Campbell # 11 — (2.74%) Richard Wright # 12 — (2.57%) Walter Mosley # 13 — (2.52%) Eric Jerome Dickey # 14 — (2.41%) Sheneska Jackson # 15 — (2.19%) Octavia Butler —Copyright AALBC.com.

Source: AALBC.com’s 50 Favorite African-American Authors of the 20th Century

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Potpourri March 4, 2017

Yesterday was my birthday for the year 2017. Happy birthday to me. On my birthday I submitted a fiction short story to two publications; The Sun magazine and AGNI. On March 1st I submitted that same story to MARS Literary Journal. I’ll get back to you about how it turns out,i.e., if either of the publications publish the story. If you believe in luck, give me some. Maybe it will help to get it published.

I decided in October to again try my skills at writing a short story. I’ve never written one outside of the classroom. The title of the piece is “Who Would Kill My Mother?” I’ll should start to hear from the publications in about a month.

Also on my birthday I was taken to dinner by our son, got a cake and ice cream with a small celebration from my fiancee, received a card from my sister-in-law to be and three phone calls from family in Cincinnati, and shopped a local store to catch the sale for those with March birthdays, and another store to buy a two drawer file cabinet to match my desk and give me more drawers for my files.

I celebrate my birthday before and after the date so before the 3rd, I got a couple of cards and an article from the New York Times about the wedding announcement for Ida B. Wells. Ida is one of the heroines I appreciate receiving information about. Today I received a card from my niece who will receive an email in return.

March is Women’s History Month, a good time to read about the contributions of women to the US and world. What we’ve done in recorded history will probably surprise you.
I think I finish.


Black Female Artists Tackle The Dangerous Stereotypes That Have Never Defined Them

article by Priscilla Frank via huffingtonpost.com The pop culture landscape is littered with lazy images of black women ― the nurturer, the hussy, the angry bitch. Hovering around the all-encompass…

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Columbia University Professor Alondra Nelson to Be Next President of the Social Science Research Council

This article about Professor Nelson is from Good Black News. Enjoy.


Columbia professor Alondra Nelson (photo via news.columbia.edu) Columbia University professor Alondra Nelson (photo via news.columbia.edu)

article via jbhe.com

Alondra Nelson, a professor of sociology and dean of social science at Columbia University in New York City, will be the next president of the Social Science Research Council. Founded in 1923, the Social Science Research Council is an independent, international, nonprofit organization which supports research and development of social scientists. Professor Nelson will serve a five-year term as president of the organization, beginning September 1.

Professor Nelson joined the faculty at Columbia University in 2009 after teaching at Yale University. She is the author of the award-winning book Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) and a co-editor of Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History (Rutgers University Press, 2012) and Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life (New…

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