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Many Thanks: The Shades of Black and White Award

June 23rd, 2009 by Ajuan Mance

Many thanks to SjP of Sojourner’s Place for recognizing Black on Campus with the Shades of Black and White Award, for “outstanding effort to raise awareness of racism.”

This award is especially dear to me because it comes from SjP, who epitomizes excellence in blogging, and who has consistently been an inspiration and a support. She has recognized Black on Campus with this award because of my participation in the Global Day of Blogging for Troy Davis. CLICK HERE to get to SjP’s list of bloggers who participated in this event (with links to their related posts). I encourage anyone who is unfamiliar with this event or with the case of Troy Davis to read what these bloggers have to say on this disturbing case of justice gone wrong.

As a recipient of the Shades of Black and White Award, I have the privilege of choosing other bloggers to receive this award. I would like to pass this award on to the following five blogs, each of which is a model of strong and consistent advocacy for social justice and against racism:

  • On the Black Hand Side: This blog keeps its finger on the pulse of some of the most important current issues and events that impact the Black community. Always a strong voice for Afro-positive community building, On the Black Hand Side is a good and thought-provoking read.
  • Electronic Village: The Electronic Village blogger was my inspiration for building Black on Campus, and he continues to serve as a model of community-building as he informs, challenges, and advocates for interests of Black people everywhere. Blogger Villager also has a great sense of humor and real knack for finding great hilarious photos to share with his readers.
  • What About our Daughters (WOAD): Provocative, edgy, smart, and unabashedly Black-woman-centered, this blog is a consistent advocate against sexism and racism, but from a slightly different perspective than many other anti-racist and anti-sexist blogs. You see, WOAD offers interesting, insightful, and refreshingly non-accomodationist no-compromise stance on institutions and individuals who hurt and/or who work against the best interests of Black women.
  • Black Women, Blow the Trumpet: Powerful advocacy in support of the safety, well-being, and success of Black women, this blog pulls no punches. The frequent and thought-provoking posts exemplify the best kind of progressive thought. Black Women, Blow the Trumpet should be a regular part of your trips through the blogosphere.
  • The Kitchen Table: Blogging rarely gets better than this. African American Princeton profs Melissa Harris-Lacewell and Yolanda Pierce take on some of the most important issues and events shaping Black people’s lives today. Their commentary is insightful, intelligent, and original.

Kudos to all of these bloggers for their outstanding contributions to the battle against racism and prejudice. I hope that each of you will accept this award, post the icon on your own blogs, and then pass it on to the outstanding anti-racist bloggers who have inspired and informed your work.

Posted by Ajuan Mance

Posted in African Americans, Current Events, Higher Education, race

4 Responses

  1. Twin XL

    I love reading What About our Daughters. Thanks for posting this link!

  2. danell

    From Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty –

    Call DA Larry Chisolm! If the Supreme Court chooses not to intervene, the Chatham County District Attorney will have to decide whether to pursue justice, or an execution warrant. Call his office at 912-652-7308 and let them know you would like the DA the re-open Troy’s case. If you live in Georgia or Chatham County, tell them you’re a concerned resident. But remember, you do NOT need to be a resident to take this action! Please spread this far and wide so the DA’s office knows Troy has national support.

    Call 912-652-7308 and ask that Troy’s case be re-opened!

  3. BlackWomenBlowTheTrumpet

    Hi there!

    I can’t tell you how completely STUNNED I am to be an honoree!!

    I am so flattered to be in the company of all of the bloggers that you mentioned because I visit all of them often!

    Thank you so very much for your kindness in noticing the work that I do at my think tank!

    Special hug to SJP for being the first to give me a blog award when I was just getting my feet wet in this whole blogging scene!! *smiles*

    Thanks once again and congrats to all of the honorees!! Keep up your reign of fabulousness!

    Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!

  4. Ajuan Mance

    It is my pleasure. Your blog is an outstanding resource and a much needed contribution to the ongoing dialogue on Blackness and womanhood, in this country and throughout the diaspora.

    All the best,

    Ajuan Mance

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