It’s official! Juneteenth is finally recognized as a national holiday, and what better way to celebrate than to learn the rich history of Black struggle and resilience around the world.
You don't need to be a Classics major or an expert in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures to appreciate Classical Myth. When I say Classical Myth, I don't mean just Greek Myth - although it did make the biggest contribution. Classical Myth however, is Greek, Roman, Sumerian, and even Egyptian Myth, all of which shared Indo-European origins. These Ancient cultures and their myths have set the stepping stones for modern literature and storytelling as we know it today. Almost every trope, every story, every plot twist know to humanity has somehow - consciously or unconsciously - been inspired by Classical Myth. There is no such thing as a "new" idea; every story in fiction today is, in a way, an extension or a retelling of an older one. Ideas don't just appear out of thin air, they're slowly formed and executed.
"So you're the little woman that started this great war!” These, as tradition tells, are the words Abraham Lincoln told Harriet Beecher Stowe upon meeting her.
Biographies are under-appreciated literary goldmines, and you should be reading them. You heard me right. The books you avoid reading offer an experience unique in scope and entertainment potential.
Although an individual perspective of systemic racism often gets lost in abstractions, Between the World and Me tells Coates' experience with systemic racism.