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an sjp giveaway: "becoming american: the african-american journey"  

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In recognition of Black History Month, Sojourner's Place is pleased to announce that two copies of Robert Dodson's new book "Becoming American: The African-American Journey" will be given away. Robert Dodson is the Director of New York's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and is considered on of the one of the foremost experts on African American history.

In an interview with the author, Black Enterprise hails Becoming American: The African American Journey as a unique chronological approach that...reveals the ways in which blacks’ attempts to make America live up to its founding creed have kept them on the path to “Becoming American.”

The following is an excerpt from the book:

Too often, the telling of the story of African Americans begins with the transatlantic slave trade, and the whole of our history has too frequently been organized around our victimization during the eras of slavery and racial segregation. The triumphs of the civil rights movement, especially the role of Martin Luther King Jr., are chronicled, as are the recent challenges facing blacks in urban America. The centrality of blacks’ self-initiated activities in the making of African American history is not always apparent, and their active role over the last two hundred plus years in defining and redefining the very concept of America and Americans is usually not fully appreciated.(Sterling Publishing 2009)
One copy of this book will be given to the first two bloggers to submit a post via email to Sojourner's Place entitled: Becoming American: (Your Name/or Site Name) Journey. Each post submitted, on or before Friday, February 20, will be featured at Sojourner's Place -- but only the first two received will receive Dodson's book. So, prepare your post and submit it to via email to:

I want to express my sincere gratitude to Tara A. Cuskley and the Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. for finding Sojourner's Place worthy and sponsoring this giveaway.

Obliged to you for hearing me,
and now old SjP ain't got nothin' more to say...

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3 sojourners hollin' back

I sure would like to read this.
God bless!

February 17, 2009 at 4:02 AM

Hey Sjp,

I'm not sure as to what the post should be about. Could you provide some clarification on what kind of posting you're looking for.

Personal experience, historical information in line with the book excerpt you post, or what?

February 17, 2009 at 12:22 PM

@ tsslug, I'm right with you! Can't wait to receive my copy.

@ Yobachi,

Great "seeing" you. What I'm looking for is a personal post. It could be about your personal journey or a historical reference that made a personal impact on you. Since every post I receive will be featured - you have quite a bit of freedom to write almost anything around that general theme. Hope this helps.

February 17, 2009 at 1:09 PM
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