Richton Park, Ill. (PRWEB) October 03, 2012
Barbara Julian Dean (a.k.a. “Sparrow”) creates poetry in diverse forms to create an imagistic history of African Americans that attracts with the immediacy of headline news in Sparrow Speaks In This Poetic African American History. Perhaps because of the diversity that forms their overall history, “Sparrow” deliberately takes the cue from her avian nom-de-guerre to give a bird’s eye-view for readers to take it all in one flight. Bits and pieces, the most important facts, are picked out quickly as the author walks her audience through the dramatic scenery of her people’s history.
Change in the wind has come. This “Sparrow” knows for certain. The marquee light-up is of course of the latest and best harbinger of change of them all – namely, President Barack Obama. The narrative course of the poems telescopes back to the brightest lights of African American history: from the origin of spirituals and scholarly explanation of its structure and philosophy to the heroes, martyrs and heroines. Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. are here, also the quiet power of Geraldine McCullough and her sculpture, as well as Marjorie Stewart Joyner, Oprah Winfrey and many others.
Barbara Dean’s well-measured cadences provide an over-all veil of unity, physical and spiritual strength, a means for hope and survival. Beyond that, there is completion to this history. It says in powerful terms how African American history has gone beyond the veil and lifted itself with wings as eagles into the pantheon of greatness.
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About the Author
Author, dramatist, newspaper reporter and playwright Barbara Julian Dean (a.k.a. “Sparrow”), is a native of Chicago, Illinois. In addition to giving dramatic recitations in elementary, high schools, universities and churches, she has entertained in the prisons. She has appeared on television and radio shows and her poetry has seen print in various newspapers and magazines. She’s also an educator and a pastor—a founder and director of the Gospel Music Hour Outreach Ministry in Homewood, Illinois. Since the second release of her book Open Door—Open Mind, Sparrow has been working with young people in Chicago public schools and as an instructor at Harold Washington College. As an educator, she is able to inspire students with her message to “look up! (love over and over, kindle universal peace).” Her works has been accepted by the Chicago Public Library; the American Library Association, the Library of International Relations; the Canadian Library Association, Ottowa, Canada; the Library Association of Great Britain, London, England; the Library of the University of West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica; the Misyani Girls Secondary School, Machakos, Kenya, East Africa, and commercial bookstores in Chicago, Illinois.
Sparrow Speaks In This Poetic African American History * by Barbara Julian Dean “Sparrow”
Publication Date: August 30, 2012
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