Darryl Pinckney, novelist and essayistAmong the books I have gone back to in this historic moment are: DARKWATER: Voices From Within the Veil (1920), by W.E.B.
I read Anne Moody’s COMING OF AGE IN MISSISSIPPI (1969) as a child, before I knew what memoir was.
But still the book resonated with me, as I already understood what it meant to be a Black girl in a world where race and gender circumscribed who we could become.
Part history and part social policy, it takes economic reparations for Black Americans seriously.
Henry Louis Gates Jr., historian and literary criticFew reading experiences on the history of race in America have been as profound for me as the works of Eric Foner.