ChickenBones: A Journal
for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes
Again Mama was bailing me out of self-made troubles by sending me a bit of money. I had resigned
my position with the Mayors program. I had a quarrel with the new director. I enrolled in library
school and spent another three years at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Letters of an Abiding Faith:
Legacy of a Slave’s GrandDaughter to her Son
Written by Ella Lewis to her Son (Rudolph Lewis)
Sept 23 1994
Just a line to let you Know I still thinking of you. I still love you too.
I want you to look your Best going to School.* So here is a little Something so you can get your hair Cut and shaved. You are a handsome young man if I have to say my self. I always Remember you in my prayers.
I not feeling so good to day I have a good day and a Bad one. I guess that Way life gone on. I not young any more I had a Birthday in August I was 38 years old take it Backward ha ha.
You take Care your self. When you get this letter Just drop me a Card saying you got the letter. Rite me next time.
Love all ways
Your Mother Ella
*Again Mama was bailing me out of self-made troubles by sending me a bit of money. I had resigned my position with the Mayors program. I had a quarrel with the new director. I enrolled in library school and spent another three years at the University of Maryland, College Park. I completed the program in 1997 and received my MLS. Mama, Lucinda, and my sister Theresa came to College Park to the graduation ceremony.
After graduation and while working at the AFL-CIO archives in Silver Spring, I was offered a position at Virginia Union, but turned it down. Six months later, I accepted a position with Enoch Pratt Public Library. But the position with Pratt, at its branches did not serve my larger goals as a writer and scholar. I quit and went home for over six months. I finished my family memoir and began a study of Nathaniel Turner.
Before I quit Pratt, Xavier Review Press published my book of edited poems, I Am New Orleans & Other Poems By Marcus B. Christian (1999), which was edited in collaboration with Amin Sharif.
That Spring, I also attended the ALA in New Orleans. While there I saw some old friends, including Lee Grue and Mona Lisa Saloy. Mona Lisa and I lunched at an uptown cafe. We talked of books and writing instead of love. She had aged and gained weight since the last time I saw her, as had I since the mid-1980s.
Reading at the ALA was Kalamu ya Salaam. He later picked me up at Lee Grues house and took me to his brothers place and we listened to a number of young poets, his disciples. I returned to Baltimore January 2000. That spring I began working part-time at St. Marys Seminary and University. For the last two years, I have been studying religion and theologians. I have pulled together a 200-page manuscript on Turner, but there is still much work to be done on the religious aspect of Turners life. I recently presented a paper at the Zora Neale Hurston Society conference (2001), entitled “Nathaniel Turner, the Bible, & the Sword: A Reconsideration of the Prophet of Southampton.” It created quite a stir. I hope I can complete my work on Turner. My hope is to redeem his name and maybe myself, God willing.
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By Charles C. Mann
Im a big fan of Charles Manns previous book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, in which he provides a sweeping and provocative examination of North and South America prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus. Its exhaustively researched but so wonderfully written that its anything but exhausting to read. With his follow-up, 1493, Mann has taken it to a new, truly global level. Building on the groundbreaking work of Alfred Crosby (author of The Columbian Exchange and, Im proud to say, a fellow Nantucketer), Mann has written nothing less than the story of our world: how a planet of what were once several autonomous continents is quickly becoming a single, globalized entity.
Mann not only talked to countless scientists and researchers; he visited the places he writes about, and as a consequence, the book has a marvelously wide-ranging yet personal feel as we follow Mann from one far-flung corner of the world to the next. And always, the prose is masterful. In telling the improbable story of how Spanish and Chinese cultures collided in the Philippines in the sixteenth century, he takes us to the island of Mindoro whose southern coast consists of a number of small bays, one next to another like tooth marks in an apple. We learn how the spread of malaria, the potato, tobacco, guano, rubber plants, and sugar cane have disrupted and convulsed the planet and will continue to do so until we are finally living on one integrated or at least close-to-integrated Earth. Whether or not the human instigators of all this remarkable change will survive the process they helped to initiate more than five hundred years ago remains, Mann suggests in this monumental and revelatory book, an open question.
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update 30 December 2011