Dear Ethel Waddell Githii Scholar:
Welcome to Spelman College, and to the E. W. Githii Honors Book Blog. In choosing Spelman and Githii Honors, you are now members of this very particular community of readers, thinkers, questioners, artists, scholars, dreamers and doers, inventors, creators.
Artist/scholar Marc Bamuthi Joseph (Yerba Buena Center For the Arts, San Francisco) poses to us the question:
Where do we gather to think together?
Creating places to gather, to think, to question, to (in other words) explore the castles of our minds, is an important part of the culture of Githii Honors. Gathering together to think and “pass the world across our tongues” like the “kitchen poets” of novelist Paule Marshall’s creative apprenticeship, is a part of traditional women’s culture as well.
Our motto for the Book Blog might well be, “READ EVERYTHING—”
If you think about it, everything demands reading. Our lives, our neighborhoods, messages—spoken or unspoken—books, films, letters, the ingredient label on a can of soup or a box of cereal, the promises of lovers, politicians, advertisers….
This year, in the Castle, I hope we will introduce ourselves in our unique voices. When we meet in the fall, we will greet one another, once more, in a sisterhood of free expression and exchange. Together, we will re-read social justice movements for our everyday use.
Opal J. Moore