When I was a young writer, barely 30 with just one book, Nikki Giovanni said: Never forget that black women are your base. They read your books before you made it. They support you whether or not you ever write another word. I hear so many young writers talking about I don’t want to be ready by “just” black women. “Just”? How is that to talk about the people who loved you from the start and will show up for your funeral?
Way back in 1929, President Hoover approved a proposal for a National Memorial Building for African American achievements in arts and sciences — but Congress did not. Congress didn’t officially pass an act to erect a federally owned museum until 2003. Ground wasn’t broken until nine years later, with a little help from President Obama.