Alondra Nelson, an American writer and academic, is President of the Social Science Research Council. An award-winning researcher, she is also the Harold F. Linder Chair in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study.
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A gem from one of my favorite books, Tracy K. Smith's Life on Mars – source
In the course of the 20th century, cancer went from being perceived as a white woman's nemesis to a "democratic disease" to a fearsome threat in communities of color. Drawing on film and fiction, on medical and epidemiological evidence, and on patients' accounts, Keith Wailoo tracks this transformation in cancer awareness, revealing how not only aw...
Keith Wailoo is brilliant! Do read this book! RT @TheRoot247: The Root Recommends: How Cancer Crossed the Color Line – source
In 1936, teenager MacNolia Cox became the first African American finalist in the National Spelling Bee Competition. Supposedly prevented from winning, the precocious child who dreamed of becoming a doctor was changed irrevocably. Her story, told in a poignant nonlinear narrative, illustrates the power of a pivotal moment in a life....