Black in the middle : an anthology of the Black Midwest

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Black Americans have been among the hardest hit by the rapid deindustrialization and accompanying economic decline that have become so synonymous with the Midwest. Since the 2016 election, many traditional media outlets have renewed attention on the conditions of "Middle America," but the national discourse continues to marginalize the Black people who live there. Black in the Middle brings the voices of Black Midwesterners front and center. Filled with compelling personal narratives, thought-provoking art, and searing commentaries, this anthology explores the various meanings and experiences of blackness throughout the Rust Belt, the Midwest, and the Great Plains. Bringing together people from major metropolitan centers like Detroit and Chicago as well as smaller cities and rural areas where the lives of Black residents have too often gone unacknowledged, this collection is a much-needed corrective to the narrative of the region.
Foreword. The rise of the Fresh Coast / Jamala Rogers
This place we know: an introduction / Terrion L. Williamson
Ode to the midwest / Kevin Young
Rust: a black woman's story of growing up in Northeast Ohio / Tara L. Conley
There are birds here / Jamaal May
Hood orchids / Devon Ginn
Gentrification and the South Side of Ypsilanti, Michigan / Aaron K. Foley
Traveling while black / Tanisha C. Ford
The market on Maryland Avenue / Terrence Shambley, Jr.
Cleveland and Chicago: a tale of four cities / Mark V. Reynolds
Peoria, Pryor, and me / Terrion L. Williamson
Detroit: love of my life / Courtney Wise Randolph
On spades, queerness, and the things we learn from our grandmothers / Kidiocus King-Carroll
Tracing water, memory, and change / Njaimeh Njie
Slavery, freedom, and African American voices in the midwest / Melissa N. Stuckey
Ella Mae: the personal and the political / Jeffrey C. Wray
"Orphan district": segregation in rural Ohio / Joe Boyle
2672 South Deacon Street, Detroit / Yvonne
"Tell 'em what we did!": choosing and building black space in the midwest / Michelle S. Johnson
The great migration of African-American southerners to Cleveland / Edward M. Miggins, ed.
the negro in minneapolies (for prince & philando castile) / brian g. gilmore
Realizing freedom / Phyllis May-Machunda
No one loves me, like I love me / Katherine SimoĢne Reynolds
Stay debaucherous / David Weathersby
Aug 14th, 2017, "Baptism" / Zuggie Tate
Burn / Janice N. Harrington
Paintings / Leslie Barlow
Joe's Ode / DeMar Walker
...for, about, and with Laurie / Beverly Cottman
from "Call & response: experiments in joy" / Gabrielle Civil
Photographs / Rachel Elise Thomas
A minute, a pond, a north-facing window / Kim-Marie Walker
I am a landlocked body / Alexandra Nicome
Columbus: different latitude, same platitudes / Deva Rashed-Boone
The reality of being black in Iowa / Wylliam Smith
Ode to unwanted life / Zenzele Isoke
Trying to make a dollar out of fifteen cents in black Milwaukee / Gladys Mitchell-Walthour
It's just ok / Nia Easley
Ghetto bird wars / Curtis L. Crisler
On Audre Lorde and Minnesota nice / Vanessa Taylor
Hair / Lyndsey Ellis
Stop pretending black midwesterners don't exist / Tamara Winfrey- Harris
A reflection on the changing route work of Sumpter's south end / Ezekiel Joubert III
4 Malcolm X greenhouse / Jordan Weber
the only moving thing / Kisha Nicole Foster
Toward a black Chicago revival / Mary Pattillo
Infinite Essence: James, 2018 / Mikael Chukwuma Owunna
Coda: a final note on black life and loss / Terrion L. Williamson.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Williamson (Scandalized My Name), director of the Black Midwest Initiative, presents a timely and evocative anthology of essays, poetry, photographs, and interviews in order "to make visible the struggle and the agony, yes, but also the diversity and richness of black Midwestern life." Common themes include the impact of the Great Migration on the Midwest, and the burdens and achievements of Black women. Jeffrey Wray, a film studies professor at Michigan State, writes movingly of his mother's pursuit of higher education after her husband's murder in 1968. Vanessa Taylor, editor-in-chief of The Drinking Gourd, describes how she embraced the power of "Black women's rage" during protests against the 2015 killing of Jamal Clark by Minneapolis police. Essayist Lyndsey Ellis offers an intensely personal account of embracing natural hair in college; filmmaker David Weathersby details the "mass of Afro-eroticism and liberation" he saw at a clandestine house music party in Chicago; and law professor Brian G. Gilmore links Philando Castile, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dred Scott, and Lester Young in his poem "the negro in minneapolis (for prince & philando castile)." By calling forth the full range of the Black Midwestern experience, this bracing anthology offers crucial insights into why the region is the epicenter of current protests against police brutality and racial injustice. (Sept.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects African Americans -- Middle West.
African Americans -- Social conditions.
Neighborhoods -- Middle West.
Middle West -- Race relations.
Personal narratives.
Publisher Cleveland, Ohio :2020
Edition First edition.
Contributors Williamson, Terrion L., editor.
Language English
Description 223 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-210).
ISBN 9781948742696
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