A-Z Challenge Reflection

AReflection

I am just doing a quick reflection of the A-Z challenge. I learnt so much stuff going through peoples blogs, but doing a challenge opens you up to yourself. Here are a few things which were clarifies to me on my A-Z Challenge journey.

  1. There is always time to do anything; you just need to find the motive to make the time
  2. Doing a challenge with others is a great motivator
  3. It is inspiring to know that other people appreciate your work, even if it is something as small as an opinion
  4. Planning ahead saves so much time (in blogging and in life!). Having a few posts queuing up allows you to get on with your other life projects
  5. There is not enough hours in the day, which is why so many decide to use the hours in the night (sometimes to get things done, sleep must be sacrificed)
  6. You can make a blog about anything. When I first started blogging I thought it was important to make sure you picked the most popular area of your topic. Someone is always interested.
  7. Research is fun and it is needed every now and then, but pages of text are not the only way to make a successful blog post. This challenge made me realise I can put up a picture, or a quote- as long as it is relevant to the theme of my blog.

Overall I realised blogging is hard work, but I’ve never been afraid of some of that.

Yerby, Frank: Author of Historical Fiction Novels

Frank Yerby

Yerby

Yerby was born in 1916, he was an African American novelist known for historical fiction. He’s best work is he’s novel “Of The Dahomean” (1971, later republished as “The Man from Dahomey).

His stories are action packed and include characters of ethnic backgrounds. Despite his success, he had been criticized for not focusing on racial problems through his fiction. He’s answer to this was that readers needed to be amused and not preached at, which I agree on. During this period there were a number of activists fighting for equality and to have the voices of the minorities heard, their contribution was necessary, however not everyone needs to be a spokesman. Surely being a novelist of an African decedent was enough to prove to the community that a novel from a black man could be as popular as the best selling novels circulated during these periods, such as Gone with the Winds by Margaret Mitchel.

X, Malcolm

X

An African-American activist leader who articulated concepts of race pride and Black Nationalism in the early 1960s.

I have read Malcolm x’s autobiography and below is my review (taken from my other blog, Modiste Word).

Who is Malcolm X was the question which led me to read he’s autobiography. The book is a detailed account of Malcolm’s life. The book begins with his difficult childhood, through to the hood life as a young adult, and how his prison experience made him the adult public figure he is remembered as.

 

The book held hope for a lost generation. You watch a young black man’s mind-set develop as he makes mistakes, looks back, learns and moves on.  Malcolm acted as a teacher to many, but most importantly a figure of change. It is a book which must be read with an open mind as his beliefs are strong. Not everyone will agree with everything written, but Malcolm’s personality can be grasped, and as the reader I found a way to reason with the motives of his radical thoughts. His book is a great example in the way people in life can either raise an individual or tear them apart.

The book may refer to the early 20th century however scarily relates to many of today’s modern issues. It is an emotional book and as we look at Malcolm journey, how he changes from a ‘hoodlem’ to a wise man, it gives moments of reflection, particularly how far black people have come and gives appreciation to those who took the first steps to create this path of freedom many of us walk in

 

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Williams, Henry

 

Henry Sylvester Williams (1869 – 1911) 

Williams

A Trinidadian lawyer, councillor and writer, known for his involvement in the Pan-African Movement. He worked across North America and Britain.

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Vashon, Susan: A teacher for her Community

Susan Vashon

Vashon

 

Susan Paul Vashon was born in Boston, 1838.

  • She graduated as the only coloured girl in her class  and valedictorian
  • Her mother had died when she was young, and she was brought up by her grandmother. When she became a mother she directed her children with personal guidance and wise caution.
  • Reading her story showed me she was a woman for her community, leading by example and setting a path for other women to follow. She had a strong education behind her, more than what the average woman in her situation had,  yet instead of selfishly shielding her gifts, she opened her arms and spread them to others who would not have been looked at a second time.
  • The following text shows the different ways she empowered those around her.

 

The home, the church, and the community were the workshops in which she created. The mother’s club to guide young girls, the Book Lovers’ club to develop literary taste, the Women’s Federation to accomplish a higher womanhood and the church were the fields in which she led and moulded thought and proved herself to be one of the most useful and cultured women of her day. 

 

 

Unthank: A Physician

Dr. Thoman Unthank

Unthank

An African American Physician

Convention Hall, a hospital in Kansess, was split into sections, with one section being for minorities. Unthank did some work there, treating he’s community. He then went on a crusade to have a hospital for minorities, which many of the white Physicians and city leaders did not pay him much notice. Eventually Unthank persuaded the city to allow the old General Hospital to become the “colored division” when white patients were moved to a new, modern facility in 1908.

He was clearly a man who worked for he’s community, never giving up on he’s idea to help those who were sick but were not given a fair amount of attention based on where they came from.