Reading Black by Briann Byrd

Throughout my childhood, my mother went out of her way to support my literary upbringing with black authors such as Tracie L. Jones, who wrote one of my favorite fiction stories Standing Against the Wind, a childhood book she would make me read on the way to school. Or Little Bill by you know who, but that was all that was shown to me at that age. So, as I entered High School I did not expect to read a book about a black woman named Janie Crawford and her blooming womanhood. I couldn’t relate to this character’s story which we will discuss in further detail, but I related to the dialect, and the way she felt the need to present herself as a woman of color. Though this novelty was based in the 1930s, the traditional standard of being this strong subsist in this new modern age. 

I recently read an article by Long Shi, about Black Feminism being presented in “Standing Against the Wind”. Shi analyzed Janie Crowfords growth throughout the story and saw the most important thing that caught my eye: her strength. Her womanhood began when she had no conscious of what was good for her. But, she took her falls and learned from her experiences to grow and develop the voice that was brought up with her.


Black Feminism in Their Eyes Were Watching God. (n.d.). Scientific Research Publishing. Retrieved                                   

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