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The Day They Stole the Letter J Hardcover – December 12, 1981


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Third World Press (December 12, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883780844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883780848
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,271,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jabari Mahiri Day They Stole the Letter J
Jabari Mahiri is the William and Mary Jane Brinton Family Chair in Urban Teaching. He directs the TEACH Project
(Technology, Equity, And Culture for High-performance schools). He is the Faculty
Director for the Bay Area Writing Project, a Senior Scholar for the National Urban
Alliance for Effective Education, and he has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard. He is
author of Digital Tools in Urban Schools: Mediating a Remix of Learning (2011); Out of
Bounds: When Scholarship Athletes become Academic Scholars (2010) with Derek Van
Rheenen; and, Shooting for Excellence: African American and Youth Culture in New
Century Schools (1998). He is editor of What They Don't Learn in School: Literacy in the
Lives of Urban Youth (2004), and the forthcoming book, Virtual Lives: Nerdfighters,
Scarlet Writers, Little Sisters, Future Souls, and Future Schools. He has also published a
children's book, The Day They Stole the Letter J.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla Thomas on April 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Simply put: For myself, this book has proven to be one of those life-changing books. Armah makes it very clear why we as Afrikan people (continental and diasporic) continue to 'wander in the wilderness.' We've simply lost our way...'The Way' that the Divine gave to our ancestors. After reading/studying this book, it is very clear to me that no other 'Way' works for us.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The writer puts a face on the suffering of a people. His writing is simple, yet highly intelectual.He helps us understand why African people still suffer today - throughout the diaspora. A must read for all 16 and older. TIP: Save the prologue for last. It's much too intense to begin with. Besides, you'll comprehend it a lot better later.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By beyond...jlee on March 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
...Armah is a writer, poet, genius!..Excellent social understanding of history...He has got the ill metaphors and symbolism goin on!...He has laid a foundation....this piece is motivating...if you do not see your place in the struggle before you read this, you will after you've tasted the bitter-sweet fruit of this treasure!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By kasba110@aol.com on June 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The source of sources for detailing & understanding the effects of Arab/European colonization of Africa. Armah's metaphors channel ancestral soul, speak in the plural & entrance us with vivid descriptions of African philosophy, psychology & culture. This book literally & literarily sums up the African experience over the past Two Thousand Seasons & bids a global African awakening. Read it slowly & watch the metaphors unravel the essence of power. Learn about initiation! Learn about reciprocity! Read it & keep it sacred. It's the most important text for Africans to read. It focuses on the the therapeutic, communal ways of Africans & how these ways r our salvation & destruction in the same breath! Armah is a prophet! Amani!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jheath@kentlaw.edu on April 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
If you're lucky enough to get a hold of this book-Treasure It!. It's currently out of print, but it is by far the most important book I have ever read.
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