We may have much to be proud of, much to celebrate, but sadly as a people we are not there yet and can ill-afford to be dismissive, to be cynical because there is still much to be done to get to where as a brilliant, strong people we deserve to be. And if you’ve been following Harlem Writes, you know that we believe deeply that the journey requires looking forward while still holding our past close.
So this month, in honor of Black History, past and future, we are re-printing an article on the need for diversity in publishing written by Elizabeth Nunez, an award winning Distinguished Professor at Hunter College, CUNY.
Professor Nunez touches on many things in her excellent piece for Writer’s Digest magazine, including the importance of many different voices in order to keep literature fresh, alive, and relevant for future generations. But she also reaches back and pays homage to James Baldwin, Richard Wright, and little old us, the Harlem Writers Guild. And in doing so, she not only succinctly makes her case, but with any luck, also paves the way for up and coming writers of color.