Grad School Diary: Writing Manifestos




Let's pretend I haven't been gone for a week. Now that is taken care of, let's get back to the present. School is getting into November which means the serious work is here or just a smell away. I'm crawling around the beginning of a research paper for my Manifesto class. It is going to have to do with Alain LeRoy Locke. This is mostly because I find the main concepts for  The New Negro fascinating.

Up until two weeks ago, I knew only of W.E.B Du Bois as a poet. Now I'm not only aware of his role in the Niagara Movement, but I've had to write a manifesto in his stead and also for Booker T. Washington. Though writing a manifesto through the point of view of Du Bois was a challenge, it was easier in the sense that I agreed with his stance. Writing for Washington felt both challenging and wrong. It did, however, push me to see how he might have reason, and how he might have used this reasoning to convince others to do things the way he thought  fit.
Enjoy your last day of October and happy Halloween!
-J


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