'Initiation, Liberia' by Lois Mailou Jones

Lois Mailou Jones, Initiation, Liberia

"Ain't I a Woman?"

Slavery and Freedom Literature

(Part B)


Part A:  Abolitionist and Slavery Literature

Part B:  Neo-Slave / Freedom Literature   

Part C: Resources: History,Theory,Topics 

 Neo-Slave and Freedom Literature

'Ethiopia Climbing' by Lois Mailou Jones

Lois Mailou Jones, Ethiopia Climbing

James Baldwin

Baraka, Amiri (LeRoi Jones)

Gwendolyn Brooks

Charles Chesnutt

Michelle Cliff

Paul Laurence Dunbar

We Wear the Mask

We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,-
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.

Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream other-wise,
We wear the mask!

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Ralph Ellison

Study Aids: Invisible Man

Novels: Reviews, Scholarly Articles

Short Stories and Essays

Harlem Renaissance Writers

Robert Hayden

Pauline Hopkins

Langston Hughes

Zora Neale Hurston

Short Stories

Their Eyes Were Watching God


Charles Johnson

Audre Lorde

Clarence Major

Paule Marshall

Toni Morrison


The Bluest Eye


Tar Baby

Song of Solomon




Gloria Naylor

Ishmael Reed

Ntozake Shange

Alice Walker

In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens

Short Stories

Female Genital Mutilation

The Color Purple


Richard Wright

Native Son


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