Sources & Inspiration

Bibliography, Sources & Inspiration:

These sources are an ongoing accumulation of what I have been sticking my nose into. If you see a book or source you have questions about or would like to offer any sources that could be of use to the project concerning naming, African Diaspora, race, geography, gender, and social conditions please feel free post it in a comment and I will add it to the list.

Non- Fiction:

Life Behind a Veil: Blacks in Louisville, Kentucky, 1865-1930, George C. Wright, LSU Press, 1985

School House Dreams Deferred: Decay, Hope and Desegregation in a Core-City School System Jack Lyne forward by D.Carl Rogers. 1998 Phi Delta Kappa International

The Encyclopedia of Louisville, Editor John E. Kleber, University Press of Kentucky, 2001

Black Skin White Masks, Franz Fanon translated by Richard Philcox, Grove Press; Revised edition 2008

Notes of A Native Son, James Baldwin, Beacon Press, Boston, 1955 renewed in 1983 by James Baldwin

 Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, Judith Butler, Routledge, NY 1990

Excitable Speech: Politics of the PerformativeJudith Butler, Routledge, NY 1997

To Sir with Love,  E.R Braithwaite, Bodley Head Publishing London, 1959

Sir with Love (1967)Director, Writer, Producer James Clavell, Columbia Pictures- Sidney Portier stars in this adaptation of E.R. Brainwaite’s novel and is called Sir as a title of endearment while teaching in a rough London neighborhood.

Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle: Katherine McKittrick, University of Minnesota Press, 2006

Generations: A Memoir, from the book Good Woman: Poems and A Memoir 1969-1980, Lucille Clifton, BOA Limited Edition, Rochester, NY 1987

A Small Place, Jamaica Kincaid, Farrar Straus and Giroux, NY 1988

* A powerful essay and meditation on Antigua through a post-colonial lens.

Into and Out of Dislocation, C.S. Giscombe, North Point Press, NY 2000

* Powerful book with a poetry accompaniment titled Gisome Road, Illinois: Dalkey Archive Press, 1998. The prose component is about the author’s search for a possible ancestor who was an explorer who had rivers and areas in Canada named after him.


Kenyatta’s Last Hit  Donald Goines, (1974) Holloway House Publishing reprint 2000

Kenyatta’s Revenge  Donald Goines, (1974)Holloway House Publishing reprint 1992

* These two novels are included because I discuss my relationship with my own naming and selfhood in relationship to ideas about Africaness, heroism and gender.

Poetic Texts:

 from unincorporated territory: Hacha, Craig Santos Perez, Tinfish Press, 2008

from unicorporated territory: Sania, Craig Santos Perez, Omnidawn Publishing, 2010

 Dictee ,Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, University of California Press; 1st Calif. pbk. ed edition 2001

 Don’t let me be lonely: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine, Graywolf Press; First Edition edition, 2004

Notebook of a Return to the Native Land/Caheir d’un retour pays natal, Aime Cesaire, (1947) translated and edited by Clayton Eshleman and Annette Smith, Wesleyan University Press, Middletown Connecticut, 2001


Invisible Louisville History

Captain Aaron Fontaine

* Captain Aaron Fontaine owned a plantation and ferry operation that was turned into three different amusement parks and a hotel. My mother lives across the street from this site, which now houses half a million dollar homes owned by African-Americans.

Memories of Fontaine Ferry Park

* Amusement park that was a former plantation that for many years did not allow African-Americans to enter. There were several strides to integrate the park and in 1964 it was integrated. In

Olmsted Parks

* Categorizes information and photos of parks in Louisville, KY designed by the Olmsted Firm. In 1924 an ordinance was passed by the Parks Commission that called for the segregation of all Louisville Parks. ( Chickasaw Park was built in the same neighborhood as Shawnee Park during this year and was one of three parks that African-Americans were allowed to visit.) The parks were desegregated in 1954 but de facto policies of segregation were still upheld up until the early 1960s.

Urban Decay– Louisville

* Online photo archive of buildings and houses in the West End of Louisville.  Contrary to popular negative portrayals of the West End, the area is a mixture of varied class structures. In some concentrated areas the property up keep is predominantly not maintained. Overall many of the houses  and property once belonged to upper and middle class white families before the integration of housing and parks. Be sure to keep clicking on LOUISVILLE instead of HOME.

Louisville Warnings or Dangers

* This site is interesting because it shows the varied stigmas and fears that people hold concerning the West End of Louisville.


* A research essay about a historic African-American community/neighborhood facing several revitalization projects.

Louisville NAACP