YA Highway! Road Trip Wednesday! “February is Black History Month and it’s also the month of Valentine’s Day. So let’s show some writerly love by answering the following question: Who is your favorite African American author or fictional character?”
The first character that popped into my mind was Janie Crawford from THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD. That book was so lyrical and beautifully written. I read it for an American lit class in college, and it really stuck with me. Hurston was so far ahead of her time. And Janie is such a strong woman, but not in the ass-kicking way–in the way that real women have to find the strength in themselves to go after what they want. Not surprisingly, I loved that love was so important to Janie, and I enjoyed the way that Janie only finds true love after she becomes independent of everyone else. Because, how can you find love before you know what it is to be yourself?
I also have to give a little love to Nikki Grimes’ BRONX MASQUERADE. Another beautiful, lyrical story, told through a collection of short narratives and poetry written by a class full of students. Each student’s narrative was interesting in itself, but the bits of verse are so gorgeous and insightful that they just reach out and grab you.