Category: Literature

The Literature section of the Black Wall Street Times will introduce you to the authors, poets, and speakers; classic and contemporary, marshaling the narrative of blackness, womanhood, and other voices that elevate our perspectives of what humanity means.

In honor of the power of language to shape and transform our world, we will also explore the strength of our words and showcase a selection of children’s literature created for and by people of color.

To provide a platform for our voices the Literature section will also accept *submissions of original poetry, short stories, and essays.

*All submissions must be original work and are subject to suggestions for editing. Please allow 3-6 weeks to hear if your submission has been selected for publication. Please include a referenced image relative to your submission.

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Open: A Memoir of Faith, Family, & Sexuality in the Heartland

E. Scott Jones’ memoir; Open: A Memoir of Faith, Family, & Sexuality in the Heartland, released September of this year; invites us to examine Jones’ navigation of life as a baptist, a minister, a husband, a father, and an openly homosexual man living and working in the Midwest. 


What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony.