Black in the Middle

Black in the Middle

An Anthology of the Black Midwest

Book - 2020 | First edition.
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Black in the Middle brings the voices of Black Midwesterners front and center. Filled with compelling personal narratives, thought-provoking art, and searing commentaries, this anthology explores the various meanings and experiences of blackness throughout the Rust Belt, the Midwest, and the Great Plains. Bringing together people from major metropolitan centers like Detroit and Chicago as well as smaller cities and rural areas where the lives of Black residents have too often gone unacknowledged.
Publisher: Cleveland, Ohio :, Belt Publishing,, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781948742696
1948742691
Characteristics: 223 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Williamson, Terrion L. - Editor
Contents: Foreword : The rise of the Fresh Coast / Jamala Rogers ; This place we know : an introduction / Terrion L. Williamson ; Ode to the midwest / Kevin Young ; I. Home : Rust: a black woman's story of growing up in Northeast Ohio / Tara L. Conley ; There are birds here / Jamaal May ; Hood orchids / Devon Ginn ; Gentrification and the South Side of Ypsilanti, Michigan / Aaron K. Foley ; Traveling while black / Tanisha C. Ford ; The market on Maryland Avenue / Terrence Shambley, Jr. ; Cleveland and Chicago: a tale of four cities / Mark V. Reynolds ; Peoria, Pryor, and me / Terrion L. Williamson ; Detroit: love of my life / Courtney Rise Randolph ; On spades, queerness, and the things we learn from our grandmothers / Kidiocus King-Carrol ; Tracing water, memory, and change / Njaimeh Njie
II. Past : Slavery, freedom, and African American voices in the midwest / Melissa N. Stuckey ; Ella Mae: the personal and the political / Jeffrey C. Wray ; "Orphan district": segregation in rural Ohio / Joe Boyle ; 2672 South Deacon Street, Detroit / Yvonne ; "Tell 'em what we did!": choosing and building black space in the midwest / Michelle S. Johnson ; The great migration of African-American southerners to Cleveland / Edward M. Miggins, ed. ; the negro in minneapolies (for prince & philando castile) / brian g. gilmore ; Realizing freedom / Phyllis May-Machunda
III. Love : No one loves me, like I love me / Katherine Simóne Reynolds ; Stay debaucherous / David Weathersby ; Aug 14th, 2017
"Baptism" / Zuggie Tate ; Burn / Janice N. Harrington ; Paintings / Leslie Barlow ; Joe's Ode / DeMar Walker ; ...for, about, and with Laurie / Beverly Cottman ; from "Call & response: experiments in joy" / Gabrielle Civil
IV. Now : Photographs / Rachel Elise Thomas ; A minute, a pond, a north-facing window / dr Kim-Marie Walker ; I am a landlocked body / Alexandra Nicome ; Columbus: different latitude, same platitudes / Deva Rashed-Boone ; The reality of being black in Iowa / Zenzele Isoke ; Trying to make a dollar out of fifteen cents in black Milwaukee / Gladys Mitchell-Walthour ; It's just ok / Nia Easley ; Ghetto bird ward / Curtis L. Crisler ; On Audre Lorde and Minnesota nice Vanessa Taylor ; Hair / Lyndsey Ellis
V. Onward : Stop pretending black midwesterners don't exist / Tamara Winfrey- Harris ; A reflection on the changing route work of Sumpter's south end / Ezekiel Joubert III ; 4 Malcolm X greenhouse / Jordan Weber ; the only moving thing / Kisha Nicole Foster ; Toward a black Chicago revival / Mary Pattillo ; Infinite Essence: James, 2018 / Mikael Chukwuma Owunna ; Coda: a final note on black life and loss / Terrion L. Williamson.
Summary: Black in the Middle brings the voices of Black Midwesterners front and center. Filled with compelling personal narratives, thought-provoking art, and searing commentaries, this anthology explores the various meanings and experiences of blackness throughout the Rust Belt, the Midwest, and the Great Plains. Bringing together people from major metropolitan centers like Detroit and Chicago as well as smaller cities and rural areas where the lives of Black residents have too often gone unacknowledged.

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