(1900-1943): A Bio-Bibliography
Mary Anthony Scally, R.S.M.
Librarian, Mount St. Agnes College
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Rousseve and Edwina Saulny
Rev. Maurice Louis Rousseve,
Maurice Louis Rousseve was born September 22, 1906, in New
Orleans, the son of Barthelemy and Valentine Mansion Rousseve,
and is a younger brother of Charles Rousseve.
He began his elementary education at the Institution
Catholique in 1912, but in 1915 transferred to Holy Family Boys'
School from which he graduated in 1918. After two years at
Xavier Preparatory School he entered St. Augustine's Seminary,
Bay St. Louis, Miss., where he was ordained a priest in the
Society of the Divine Word on May 23, 1934. This was the first
time the Sacrament of Holy Orders was conferred at St.
Augustine's Seminary, and Father Rousseve was one of the four
Negro priests to be ordained.
He was appointed assistant at Immaculate Heart of Mary
Church, Lafayette, La., where he remained until 1938. He was
transferred to Notre Dame de Perpetuel Secours Church, St.
Martinville, La., as assistant, and became pastor there in 1941.
An active and zealous priest, Father Rousseve hardly has time
for continuous writing, but he has nevertheless published some
short stories, didactic in nature, and several poems. In spite
of his numerous occupations he continues to write.
Address: Notre Dame de Perpetuel Secours Church, St.
God called him. St Augustine Messenger 7:55
Poem in memory of Spencer Gregory, a young Negro student for
In memoriam. St. Augustine Messenger 6:5 April
Poem written on the occasion of the death of Father Matthew
Christman, S.V.D., founder and first Rector of St. Augustine's
The mothers expiation. St Augustine Messenger
7:47-48, 53-54 April 1930.
Short story. A mother's interference in her son's vocation to
the priesthood results in an unhappy marriage for him; and her
daughter-in law comes between herself and her son as she came
between her son and God.
A mothers lament. St. Augustine Messenger 21:98
Smiley--Hero Little Miss 25:30-33 0ctober 1939.
Short story. Despite blows, Smiley stood up for his faith,
and by his good example made a convert who later became a
Tomorrow and today. St Augustine Messenger 21:131
Mrs.Edwina T. Boyer Saulny
Edwina T. Boyer was born October i8, 1916, in New Orleans,
La., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Boyer. She graduated from
Joseph A. Craig School, June, 1930, arid from McDonough No. 35
High School, June,.1932. She received the A B degree from Xavier
University June, 1936.
One of the first two Negroes to be admitted to the Catholic
University of America when the color ban was lifted, September
1936 she received the M.A. degree June, 1938. Since then she has
been Instructor in Latin and Mathematics at Xavier University.
On December 22, 1942, she married Sergeant Edward F Saulny U
S A and they have an infant daughter. Mrs. Sau1ney is a member
of the national Negro sorority, Delta Sigma Theta.
Address: 2.139 Orleans St., New Orleans, La.
HER THESIS WAS
Use of the Cases in Book X, Livy. Unpublished thesis (M.A.).
Catholic University of America, Feb., 1938.
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Blacks in Hispanic Literature: Critical Essays
Blacks in Hispanic Literature is a collection of fourteen essays by scholars and creative writers from Africa and the Americas. Called one of two significant critical works on Afro-Hispanic literature to appear in the late 1970s, it includes the pioneering studies of Carter G. Woodson and Valaurez B. Spratlin, published in the 1930s, as well as the essays of scholars whose interpretations were shaped by the Black aesthetic. The early essays, primarily of the Black-as-subject in Spanish medieval and Golden Age literature, provide an historical context for understanding 20th-century creative works by African-descended, Hispanophone writers, such as Cuban Nicolás Guillén and Ecuadorean poet, novelist, and scholar Adalberto Ortiz, whose essay analyzes the significance of Negritude in Latin America. This collaborative text set the tone for later conferences in which writers and scholars worked together to promote, disseminate, and critique the literature of Spanish-speaking people of African descent. . . . Cited by a literary critic in 2004 as "the seminal study in the field of Afro-Hispanic Literature . . . on which most scholars in the field 'cut their teeth'."
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Pelican Heart—An Anthology of Poems by Lasana M. Sekou
Edited by Emio Jorge Rodriguez
Passion for the Nation is what comes out of Sekou’s poems at a first glance and at a deeper reading. The book is a selection gathered from eleven of Sekou’s poetry collections between 1978 and 2010. Rodríguez is an independent Cuban academic, writer, and essayist. He has been a researcher at Casa de las Américas’s Literary Research Center and founded the literary journal Anales del Caribe (1981-2000). María Teresa Ortega translated the poems from the original English to Spanish. A critical introduction, detailed footnotes, and a useful glossary by Rodríguez are also found in the book of 428 pages. The collection has been launched at conferences in Barbados, Cuba, and Mexico. Rodriguez’s introduction to Pelican Heart refers to Dr. Howard Fergus’s Love Labor Liberation in Lasana Sekou, which is the critical commentary to Sekou’s work that identifies three cardinal points in his poetics. I would add as cardinal points: Belief or Driving Force of people in political processes, like his political commitment to make St. Martin independent, as the southern part of the Caribbean island is a territory of the Netherlands, while the northern part is a French Collectivité d’outre-mer; Excitement over his literary passions, which led him to found House of Nehesi Publishers at age 23; co-found the book festival of St. Martin, organized with Conscious Lyrics Foundation and to expand his culture considerably; Enthusiasm, which springs out of his eyes and words when you listen to his poetry being performed or when you speak to Sekou in person.—Sara Florian
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The New Jim Crow
Mass Incarceration in the Age of
By Michele Alexander
Contrary to the
rosy picture of race embodied in Barack
Obama's political success and Oprah
Winfrey's financial success, legal
scholar Alexander argues vigorously and
persuasively that [w]e have not ended
racial caste in America; we have merely
redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial
segregation has been replaced by mass
incarceration as a system of social
control (More African Americans are
under correctional control today... than
were enslaved in 1850). Alexander
reviews American racial history from the
colonies to the Clinton administration,
delineating its transformation into the
war on drugs. She offers an acute
analysis of the effect of this mass
incarceration upon former inmates who
will be discriminated against, legally,
for the rest of their lives, denied
employment, housing, education, and
public benefits. Most provocatively, she
reveals how both the move toward
colorblindness and affirmative action
may blur our vision of injustice: most
Americans know and don't know the truth
about mass incarceration—but her
carefully researched, deeply engaging,
and thoroughly readable book should
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The Last Holiday: A Memoir
By Gil Scott Heron
Shortly after we republished The Vulture and The Nigger Factory, Gil started to tell me about The Last Holiday, an account he was writing of a multi-city tour that he ended up doing with Stevie Wonder in late 1980 and early 1981. Originally Bob Marley was meant to be playing the tour that Stevie Wonder had conceived as a way of trying to force legislation to make Martin Luther King's birthday a national holiday. At the time, Marley was dying of cancer, so Gil was asked to do the first six dates. He ended up doing all 41. And Dr King's birthday ended up becoming a national holiday ("The Last Holiday because America can't afford to have another national holiday"), but Gil always felt that Stevie never got the recognition he deserved and that his story needed to be told. The first chapters of this book were given to me in New York when Gil was living in the Chelsea Hotel. Among the pages was a chapter called Deadline that recounts the night they played Oakland, California, 8 December; it was also the night that John Lennon was murdered. Gil uses Lennon's violent end as a brilliant parallel to Dr King's assassination and as a biting commentary on the constraints that sometimes lead to newspapers getting things wrong. —Jamie Byng, Guardian / Gil_reads_"Deadline" (audio) / Gil Scott-Heron
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The White Masters of the
The World and Africa, 1965
By W. E. B. Du Bois
W. E. B. Du Bois’
Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization
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Ancient African Nations
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