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Thursday, March 1, 2012

For Colored Girls

At the recommendation of Dr. Marcelle Haddix, a mentor at Syracuse University, I put "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf" on my freshmen English course reading list. It is a choreopoem and the above trailer is a movie based on the book. As I read it last night, I watched Rock Center and viewed a story about Svante Myrick of Earlville, New York, who is the mayor of Ithaca and, as a mixed raced boy, was one of the only minority students to graduate from my father's Alma Mater, Sherburne-Earlville High School - home of the marauders. In the same episode, Rock Center did a story on recent developments in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan and the tragic developments occurring there.

There is something about reading Ntozake Shange's poetic script while having NBC feature stories of a town I knew as a young boy and the locations I have only learned about through my work with refugees relocated in Louisville, Syracuse, New Haven, and elsewhere in the U.S. As I think in Connecticut, I realize that one would have to read the book Marcelle recommended, visit Main Street where my father and his siblings grew up, and work with relocated African youth with limited and disrupted education arriving to U.S. schools to understand the sense I am trying to make of the world and my location in it right now.

If you visit the links in this post, view the Rock Center stories, and read "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf," you may better understand the discourses I live by - perhaps you can help me to make sense of them. There is a tremendous amount of work still needing to be done.

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