Remember that moment when you first encountered a character who seemed to be written just for you? Unfortunately not everybody sees themselves in the pages of a book.Well-Read Black Girl – Glory Edim
I don’t recall reading about a character that was written for me specifically. Were there personality traits that resembled my own? Sure, but as soon as they started describing the features of the characters it reassured me that I was different than them. That’s what this marvelous book exposes, this disparity in books chosen for school literature. Well-Read Black Woman also reveals the fact that despite the apparent absence of black heroines in what’s considered “classic” literary works, they do in fact exist! Well-Read Black Girl has blown my mind be showcasing title after title of all sorts of books with black girls and women as protagonists. Representation matters. Some people never see themselves in books. Here are 5 lessons and bookquotes from Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edin.
1 – This message resonates with the masses
Well-Read black girl by Glory Edim began as a social media movement. Her page drew in the masses by sparking curiosity about a shirt she posted with the words “Well-Read Black Girl” that was a gift from her husband. Black women everywhere were drawn to this shirt and wished they could buy one for themselves. She saw that there was a void to be filled somewhere with black women everywhere.
The writing of black women N.M. is always becoming, voices intertwining, foraging an original, innovative amalgamation.Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edin.
2 – We have a long way to go
On the Instagram Page for this website I mention how many comments I receive about the title of Well-Read Black Girl. So many “That sounds intense! What’s with the title? Is it necessary *chuckles*?”. To this day, the words “black girl” seems to spark up a feeling in people. They feel the need to comment that the title of the book is too much, or unnecessary… as an avid reader, I don’t get the same reaction for all of my book titles, but this one specifically drew in the comments, and none of them were positive ones either. That fact alone speaks volumes. There is still work to be done.
My mission is to redefine what it means to be “well-read” and offer a radical and inclusive approach to the literary canon.Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edin.
3 – Black Girls In Literature EXIST
Over The years, Black women have taken their rightful place at the forefront of American literature. – with WRBW, the author aimed to galvanize readers and bring visibility to the narratives of black women. This reminds me of the underlying message in the book Hidden Figures, how much history has been covered up due to racism. How can I read countless books that were built in the school curriculum and only encounter black charachters when they are slaves, or jailed criminals. This doesn’t send me off to the world with a message of hope. Well-Read Black Girl addresses this disparity in an eloquent way.
Thankfully, the legacy of Black women in literature is extensive, diverse, and beautifully complicated.Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edin.
4. Your Story Matters Black girl!
Like me, One of the featured authors Jesmyn Ward was drawn to adventure books with female protagonists namely : Harriet the spy, The Chronicles of Narnia, Anne of Green Gables, the secret garden and Pipi longstocking (check, check and double check)
The question of representation and equality in publishing remains an important one.Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edin.
Unlike her however I had never read a book where I felt it was me that was represented! Her title suggestion caught my eye because we shared the same preferences in genre and also because I share a name with the heroine of the book, Cassie. The title of it was “in Roll if Thunder, hear me cry”. It made me wonder how much different my own childhood would have been if like her, I discovered a book where I saw myself as the character, not just as the characters ‘good friend’.
The book contains a collection of 21 black women who hold diverse backgrounds and experiences share intimate memories around discovering literary reflections of themselves.Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edin.
5 – You probably haven’t heard of many of the books
Well-Read Black girl is important. I wrote over 20 titles of new books down that I have yet to discover. I’m wondering if it was just me I took extra time with this post because I asked all of the avid readers I’m fortunate enough to know if they’ve ever heard of some of the titles of the book, and was met with blank stares. Many of my educator friends were in the same boat. So what’s happening here? Are these works of literature not getting the same amount of exposure? The list I rendered and brought with me enthusiastically to the bookstore had me leaving disappointedly empty-handed. None of the titles on my list could be found both online or in 3 major Canadian bookstore chains. No wonder I haven’t heard of these titles, they’re being hidden from me. Now I’m on a quest! I’m not giving up.
Thanks to the wonderful authors of this book that have taught me something I was ignorant towards before… our history is still hidden. Our stories are still being stifled. We are still not being represented equally and change is possible if we unite forces. I’m ordering my Well-read black shirt today. This is a movement that we need.