“You Gotta Read This” w/ Julie Buckner Armstrong


The Women’s History “You Gotta Read This” Podcast Extravaganza continues, y’all. Yes, when April 1 comes, I’ll probably collapse, but for now, I’m gone party like it’s 1999! I live way out in the middle of the country, and I don’t get to have these kind of conversations regularly. Last week, after Kelly’s podcast, I was high for three days (and I cried a little, too, I will admit, ’cause I’m cheesy like that, ok?)

Anyway,  I can’t come down now. So join me in two days on Tuesday, March 9, @ 7:30PM EASTERN for a podcast with Julie Bucker Armstrong! Here’s the Talkshoe link. And remember–yes I am gone say this every time, so get used to it–that if you miss the podcast, you can always download it for free on Itunes.

And also, no matter what the blue button to the right says on Tuesday, it’s 7:30PM EASTERN. I live in central time so it may list my time; I hope that doesn’t confuse you. (Hey, don’t feel bad, that blue button confuses me sometimes, and it’s my podcast.)

Julie Buckner Armstrong is the editor of The Civil Rights Reader: American Literature from Jim Crow to Reconciliation. The book contains fiction, drama, essays and poetry and collects selections by contemporary and historical writers, such as James Baldwin, Flannery O’Connor, James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, Nikki Giovanni, Rita Dove, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s just so fabulous, y’all.

Plus, Julie is super-nice, and super down-to-earth even though she is completely brilliant with a Ph.D from New York University, and a professor teaching in the English department at University of South Florida, Petersburg, AND she has another book as well, Teaching the American Civil Rights Movement: Freedom’s Bittersweet Song (Routledge, 2002).

When I first talked to Julie on the phone, we just had a ball gabbing it up. I knew that any woman who loves justice like Julie does and loves the poetry of Lucille Clifton has got to be a sister to my soul. (If you look closely at Julie’s picture, you’ll see she’s reading a copy of Good Woman by Miss Lucille). I had been a bit apprehensive the first time Julie and I talked because of her credentials—but she and I will talk about that on the podcast, so that’s just a little teaser for now. You gotta tune in to find out the rest.

Below is the artsy, deep cover of the book—I love this cover—along with some sassy reviews so you can understand, Julie’s bad like that.

“A superb anthology that insightfully captures the link between art and society. An important contribution to both the cultural and the literary history of the enduring African American freedom struggle, this volume showcases an impressive range of literary works that freshly illuminates this powerful struggle.”
—Waldo E. Martin, Jr., author of No Coward Soldiers: Black Cultural Politics in Postwar America

“The first collection of its kind, one that is much needed and long overdue.”
—Christopher Metress, editor of The Lynching of Emmett Till: A Documentary History

“This extraordinary collection employs fiction, drama, poetry, and autobiographical writings to expand our understanding of the black freedom struggle in America. Both enlightening and inspirational, The Civil Rights Reader is a comprehensive overview that will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars alike.”
—John Dittmer, author of Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi

“In ways that historical documents cannot, these collected writings demonstrate how Americans negotiated the process of defining national values such as freedom, justice, and equality. Armstrong and Schmidt have gathered the works of some of the most influential writers to engage issues of race and social justice in America. The first of its kind, The Civil Rights Reader is an important contribution to both the cultural and the literary history of the African-American freedom struggle.”
—Linda T. Wynn, The Courier

See y’all on Tuesday, March 9 @ 7:30pm EASTERN!

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