A writer-editor-teacher’s quote of the week #1

[For a short while over the last few months, I was trying something new with social media. I created a Tumblr. blog (with the same title as this one) and had mainly been sharing short excerpts from my writing- or teaching-related books, passages which have been meaningful to me in some way. They were titled “A writer-editor-teacher’s quote of the day,” though truthfully being busy and forgetful, I should have left off the “of the day” part. After doing fifty of them over the course of about two months, it became a hassle going to a different social media site (almost) every day, but I did like thumbing through my books, looking up the quotes, choosing one, and sharing them on a regular basis. So, after closing my Tumblr. account, I think I’m going to keep sharing quotes here, but weekly instead daily, publishing the posts on Sunday evenings.]

“Then we come to slavery itself. The topic is difficult for modern readers because it is painful and, in the South at least, remains political. Approaching a century and a half after slavery’s end, its legacy is mostly unacknowledged but is reflected everywhere in contemporary Southern life. While Alabama of the twenty-first century is a world apart from the darkest days of slavery and the dark days of segregation— the state has now more elected black officials than any other, to cite just one example— there is no escaping that the issues of race persist at both individual and institutional levels.”

– from Horace Randall Williams’ “Introduction” to Weren’t No Good Times: Alabama Slave Narratives

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