Sheree R

Location:

Memphis, TN

Member since:

December 25, 2012

What is a seminal read that changed your perspectives or broadened your views of the African American Community?

The first book that my grandfather, my mentor, ever gave to me was a book called "Tears for Ashon". It is a story about two friends in Africa, and one of them is captured by a slave trader and is taken for the Atlantic Slave Trade. I was seven. I had the opportunity to meet the author and she explained her reasoning behind writing the story. Since then, I have been fasinated by my history and the side of it that they would never teach in schools. I would only read non-fiction. But, by high school, I started reading Eric Jerome Dickey. By college, I met and fell in love with Toni Morrison. "The Bluest Eye" spoke to my soul. "Sula" was my alter-ego. Lol. But, with both of my degrees, I was shown the world of Charles Chesnutt, Booker T., DuBois, Oscar Micheaux, Ida B. Wells, and the list goes on.

What do you hope to gain from this experience?

I have lived in Memphis for most of my life. I have met quite a few awesome people. Honestly, I would love to meet more people that have read the same books that I have. People that may see the world as I do. Or, even people that may not agree with me at all. I would love the opportunity to meet with people that have an opinion.

Please share two things about you that can be shared by way of introduction.

I am currently a student at the Univeristy of Memphis. And, i am studying Organizational Leadership. Also, I am studying for my real estate license.

Introduction

Hello, my name is Sheree Rodgers. I am very interested in joining this group because I love to read and have intellectual discussions with others to see if our perspectives differ. I have a bachelor's in English and another in AAAS.


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