Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the tagline – “get caught Reading While Black”?
For hundreds of years, Black whether they were defined as slaves or free people of color were legally prohibited from learning to read and write. Those caught teaching Black to read and write were subject to punishment. There was a fear that if Black learned to read and write, they would then become powerful enough to rebel about the white planter elite.
So at one point in the nation’s history is was illegal to be caught Reading While Black.
Knowledge of a people’s culture and history is a powerful tool – no matter what ethnicity you are descended from. I encourage everyone to read as much and to know as much about their cultural identity.
What’s that funny looking symbol on your Gravatar and Facebook logo?
The black symbol that you see in the Adinkra symbol – NEA ONNIM NO SUA A, OHU. The translation of this symbol is “he who does not know can know from learning.” You can find out more about adinkra symbols here.
What type of blog posts can I expect to see on this site?
- Author spotlights
- Genre spotlights
- Historical information
- Quote of the day
- Book reviews
- Random internet findings that I want to share
Why is there a Reading List?
I have a personal goal of reading at least 24 books by the end of the year. Because I am a meticulous planner, I made a list of 48 books that I am interested in reading. From those 48, I will read 24. The blog posts will be generated from what I am reading.
Is this a book club?
Technically … yes. I say technically, because I hope that people will read along with me and discuss the books as a group. I have set up a timeline and calendar for the reading schedule that you can find here.
There is no obligation to read the books that I am reading when I am reading them. You can just enjoy the history lessons and information that I post.
Who gets to pick the books that are read every month?
I want this to be a group effort. So I will pick four books from the Reading List every month that are up for a vote.
Do I have to read both books?
No. I will read them both. Do what you have time for.
How will I know when books will be picked and when to begin reading?
Check out the Reading Calendar.
How will we discuss the books?
Discussion boards will go up in January 2013. Stay tuned!!!