Wamba's passing. (letters to the editor).
As a student currently working at a local radio station, I suggested the possibility of using Wamba's book for discussion on our local radio station during this year's Black History Month, and maybe invite him for a roundtable/community forum discussion. And it was in my search for a contact telephone number for Philippe, that I came across the message of his untimely death last year.
Tumefiwa (Kiswahili for `we have been bereaved') indeed! I write this to you after drying my tears from weeping for Philippe as if I knew him personally. I am deeply saddened and full of regret for such a brilliant life cut short. I am saddened to have missed a chance to meet him, and have him join my friends and I to tell us of his experiences.
--Paulyne Ngalame via email
The January-February 2003 issue of BIBR prompted me to buy two books. The essay by Kate Tuttle on Philippe Wamba was a touching, insightful analysis of a young African writer and activist taken from us long before his time. I grieve the loss of Wamba's humor, courage and truth telling. Since I support everything he stood for, I immediately bought another copy of Kinship.
I was disappointed, however, in Gary Dauphin's curt and dismissive review of John McWhorter's latest book, Authentically Black [Nonfiction Reviews]. McWhorter's essays make a learned and compelling case, showing how the embrace of collective African-American victimhood only fosters a separatist, anti-intellectual culture that, in turn, thwarts further advances. Thanks again for inspiring my two purchases.
--Charles Geshekter Chico, CA
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|Article Type:||Letter to the Editor|
|Date:||Mar 1, 2003|
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