About the Author
Stephanie Stokes Oliver is the author of Daily Cornbread: 365
Secrets for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit; Seven Soulful
Secrets for Finding Your Purpose & Minding Your Mission; and
Song for My Father: Memoir of an All-American Family.
Formerly the editor of Essence, and founding editor-in-chief
of Heart & Soul, she started her magazine career at
Glamour. For more information, see
Nikki Giovanni is one of the most decorated poets of our time.
She is the recipient of seven NAACP Image Awards, a National Book
Award, a Caldecott Honor, a Coretta Scott King Award, and a Grammy
nomination. She is the author of three New York Times
bestsellers as well as many poetry collections for children and
adults. You can visit her online at Nikki-Giovanni.com.
"Black writers have used writing and reading to create, find and
sometimes save their lives. Stephanie Stokes Oliver invites the
reader into a black magic circle of incendiary, replenishing and
inspiring ideas, memories and meditations on the power of literacy
and imagination by the writers we treasure. It was a pleasure to
re-read established classics and discover new classic arguments for
the power of the written and read word."
--Marita Golden "Living Out Loud: A Writer's Journey "
"Just the title of Booker T. Washington's piece: 'A Whole Race
Begins to Read' about the eagerness with which former enslaved
persons strove to educate themselves, after the Civil War, well,
just the thought of it, might bring us to our knees. We were
liberated by literacy! And always will be. If Douglass and
Washington and others had neglected to learn to read we might still
be enslaved. Which should remind us today that television isn't the
same as reading. Reading demands the inner work that true
"Imagine an intimate, fiery conversation between Frederick
Douglass, Roxane Gay, and Barack Obama, in which reading is
extolled as among 'the first miracles along the path to Black
authorship.' A breathtaking anthology celebrating the power of the
written word to forge change."
--O, the Oprah Magazine
"A tantalizing sampler of 25 brilliant black U.S. writers from 1845
to the present... Black Ink
is the sort of book that opens
doors to other books...a first-rate introduction to some of the
best in African American literary culture."--Shelf Awareness,
presents the brilliant diversity of black thought
in America while solidifying the importance of these writers within
the greater context of the American literary
"If you have loved ones that cherish words, get them a copy of
...Stephanie Stokes Oliver gathers the thoughts of
the greatest African-American thinkers from Booker T. Washington to
Ta-Nehisi Coates. Their insight is priceless."--Essence
"...an inspiring anthology of excerpts from books and essays by 25
black icons on the dangers and joys of education."