28 DAYS OF BLACKNESS: The 1619 Project

This. Book. Is. Game. Changing.

I am a fan of history.

I am a super fan of Black history.

With my own family history not being easily found or concrete, I through myself into the world of Black history. Maybe this is with the hope of finding more of my own family.

As I feel a kinship with Nikole Hannah-Jones (we both have the same shero: Ida B. Wells Barnett), having the 1619 Project being in existence, is life-changing to me! This is no exaggeration, either. This project is life-changing because it allowed the little Black girl in me who wanted to see more of herself in the world, wasn’t satisfied with the same 5 Black people we were relegated to know every February during my K-8 years to drink deeply from this well known as Blackness.

The podcast was one thing, having this collection of work based around this project? I had to get this book. In this era of book banning, and burning (again!), having this work on my Kindle seemed disingenuous. I needed to be able to bend pages, re-read, highlight, refer–I needed a physical book! Highlighting on a Kindle doesn’t hit the same!

The history nerd in me in overjoyed with the notes in the back of it, the reference points and other scholarly works–I needed this!

I got my copy through Amazon (I know, I KNOW!), and I am waiting for the day where I can have my Sister-In-Ink to sign it. I think our Ancestral Mother, Ida B, would be proud of that.

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