The Sovereignty of Quiet: Beyond Resistance in Black Culture by Kevin Quashie

By Kevin Quashie

African American tradition is frequently thought of expressive, dramatic, or even defiant. In The Sovereignty of Quiet, Kevin Quashie explores quiet as a special type of expressiveness, one that characterizes a person’s wants, objectives, hungers, vulnerabilities, and fears. Quiet is a metaphor for the interior existence, and as such, permits a extra nuanced realizing of black culture.


The ebook revisits such iconic moments as Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s protest on the 1968 Mexico urban Olympics and Elizabeth Alexander’s interpreting on the 2009 inauguration of Barack Obama. Quashie additionally examines such landmark texts as Gwendolyn Brooks’s Maud Martha, James Baldwin’s The hearth subsequent Time, and Toni Morrison’s Sula to maneuver past the emphasis on resistance, and to signify that ideas like hand over, dreaming, and ready can remind us of the wealth of black humanity.

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