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In honor of Black History Month, members of the Department of English and Comparative Literature recommend poems, songs, speeches, novels, and more—find the list of recommendations below.


Journey In Satchidanand : “Alice Coltrane (1937–2007) was the wife of John Coltrane, perhaps the greatest jazz musician in history.  She suffered the ultimate blow, the death of her monumental husband in 1967. She staunched the wound and continued to make music of incredible dignity and purity of aesthetic purpose. This is the title song from her album Journey in Satchidananda (1971).”  — recommended by David Ross

“The Dimensions of a Complete Life” by Martin Luther King, Jr. 1962 — recommended by Leslie Frost

This is America” by Childish Gambino — recommended by Leslie Frost




Three people walk down an empty sidewalk, with their silhouettes casting just shadows across the gray pavement.
Adger Cowans, Shadows, 1966. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; Aldine S. Hartman Endowment Fund. © Adger Cowans.


Amend: The Fight for America on Netflix — recommended by Leslie Frost

Photos from the Kamoinge Workshop — recommended by Meta DuEwa Jones







African Burial Ground” by Yusuf Kumonyakaa — recommended by Leslie Frost

Black Boy by Richard Wright — recommended by Leslie Frost

Breath Better Spent: Living Black Girlhood by Damaris Hill  — recommended by Meta DuEwa Jones

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David Blight — recommended by Leslie Frost

Light Attire” by Courtney Faye Taylor— recommended by Meta DuEwa Jones

Mississippi Solo by Eddy L. Harris — recommended by Leslie Frost

When Washington Was in Vogue by Edward Christopher Williams — recommended by Leslie Frost

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