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Hampton University’s 2010 Read-in Inspires Painting

March 28, 2010

Hampton University’s Read-in was one of the most wonderful experiences I’ve had.  Lots of people discussed the novel, and they asked questions about the characters, the plot, and Indian Territory’s history.  They also offered their own  readings on the story and questioned whether Hope, Ezol, and Lena really turned back time through the game of  baseball.   And of course many people asked about Justina, and the daughter she and Hope Little Leader had together.  I send my love to all the wonderful students and faculty at HU and know our paths will cross again.

Pictured above left to right are: Dr. LaRose Davis, the person responsible for giving Miko Kings to the  Read-In Selection committee.  YAH!  Next is Soloman Isekeije, artist and teacher who worked with HU art students to create the Miko Kings’ painting.  Isn’t it fabulous and I’m hanging it up in my office at Illinois!  Next, holding a copy of the novel, is Dr. Karima Jeffery, associate professor in HU’s English Department.  She gave a post-colonial  paper at the Read-In conference titled, “Can we read LeAnne Howe’s Miko Kings as a post-racial text? An Examination of the (Re)structuring of Race in the characters of Lena and Justina Maurepas.” Other papers were; “Science and Reality in Miko Kings” by Dr. Robert Dixon, Dean, School of Science; and Dr. Vernon Courtney, Director, Hampton University Museum and Archives talked on “Native American Education at Hampton – 1878.” Finally Hugh Harrell, Founder of the Weyanoke Association gave an overview of red-black history in Virginia.  His paper was titled, “May the Red-Black Family Circle Be Unbroken.” After the conference, we attended a delicious finale, aka reception, that included crab cakes and all the veggie fixings + dessert.

Pictured below are some of the HU Sigma Tau Delta Society members. Standing left, is Chair of the English Department is Dr. John Alewynse, my host for the week-long read-in.  A special thanks to him for coordinating all the events on campus.

Next stop Ripon College.   I’ll be reading there Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. in the Caestecker Gallery, Rodman Center of the Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

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