Black History Month

by Joshua Barnes    /  February 17, 2011  / No comments



Transformative voices at Sampsonia Way

Carter G. Woodson, founder of what became Black History Month in 1976, wrote: “[Racial prejudice] is merely the logical result of tradition; the inevitable outcome of thorough instruction to the effect that the Negro has never contributed anything to the progress of mankind.”

Carter G. Woodson spent most of his life collecting writings and artifacts to raise awareness about the impact African Americans have had on history. Likewise, in commemoration of Black History Month, Sampsonia Way recognizes the African-American authors who have contributed their transformative words to our pages.

Here are just a few…


“All the Way Live” a poem by Terrance Hayes.


Poet Claudia Rankine on Wounds We Shouldn’t Forget


“We Are Not Post-Racial” an interview with Toi Derricotte


“Make the Ordinary Extraordinary” an interview with Colleen J. McElroy


Sapphire on Precious’ Emancipation


Yusef Komunyakaa on Racism as a Mental Illness

About the Author

Joshua Barnes is a senior editorial assistant at Sampsonia Way. In 2010 he earned a bachelor’s degree in Fiction Writing and Literature at the University of Pittsburgh. During his undergraduate career, he was awarded with 2009′s Ossip Award in Critical Writing for Anna Kavan A Critical Study and was the Runner up for 2008′s Ossip Award for Below the Ground, Above the Earth: Visualizations on the Evolution of Alienation in Richard Wright’s The Man Who Lived Underground. Currently Josh is working on a variety of multi-media narratives, and is involved with several musical projects.

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