Black Ink

Black Ink

Literary Legends on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure of Reading and Writing

Book - 2018 | First 37 InkAtria Books hardcover edition.
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Spanning over 250 years of history, Black Ink traces black literature in America from Frederick Douglass to Ta-Nehisi Coates in this masterful collection of twenty-five illustrious and moving essays on the power of the written word.

Throughout American history black people are the only group of people to have been forbidden by law to learn to read. This unique collection seeks to shed light on that injustice and subjugation, as well as the hard-won literary progress made, putting some of America's most cherished voices in a conversation in one magnificent volume that presents reading as an act of resistance.

Organized into three sections, the Peril, the Power, and Pleasure, and with an array of contributors both classic and contemporary, Black Ink presents the brilliant diversity of black thought in America while solidifying the importance of these writers within the greater context of the American literary tradition. At times haunting and other times profoundly humorous, this unprecedented anthology guides you through the remarkable experiences of some of America's greatest writers and their lifelong pursuits of literacy and literature.

The foreword was written by Nikki Giovanni. Contributors include: Frederick Douglass, Solomon Northup, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Malcolm X, Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King, Jr., Toni Morrison, Walter Dean Myers, Stokely Carmichael [Kwame Ture], Alice Walker, Jamaica Kincaid, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Terry McMillan, Junot Diaz, Edwidge Danticat, Colson Whitehead, Marlon James, Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Colson Whitehead.

The anthology features a bonus in-depth interview with President Barack Obama.
Publisher: New York : 37 Ink/Atria, 2018.
Edition: First 37 InkAtria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501154287
Branch Call Number: 810.9896073
Characteristics: xxiv, 244 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Oliver, Stephanie Stokes - Editor


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jul 13, 2019


LPL_ShirleyB Jul 12, 2018

Vivid & resonate inspiration on the empowerment found in reading and writing by many historical and contemporary Black American authors--including an interview with President Barack Obama on "What books mean to me" from January 2017.

May 26, 2018

I spent my entire Saturday reading Black Ink and it was worth it! This is a lovely anthology featuring prominent authors of African descent emphasizing the importance of reading & writing our stories. Its theme is identical to that of Marita Golden's book, The Word, which I also loved. Books like these belong in the homes of all brown writers & readers.


Add a Quote
Dec 27, 2018

The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.
- author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at SLPL

To Top