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Writing Can Prompt Change
Many people who felt marginalized by society refused to stand by and let the biases of others define them. So, they found a way, including writing, to tell their own life's narrative.
MarketingNewAuthors.com (MANA) began its “Black Lit Alive!” podcast series in 2020 as a way to promote literature produced by African American writers in the 18th century and beyond. It was through literature that marginalized individuals, whether enslaved on free, expressed their individuality and shared their life experiences at a time when Black people were viewed, not as fully functioning human beings, but as mere property.
Frederick Douglass (February 1818-February 20, 1895), for instance, escaped from slavery and became a national leader in the abolitionist movement and famous for his antislavery writings.
Poet Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (September 24, 1825-February 22, 1911) captured the life experiences of slaves in her poem, “The Slave Auction.” Here is an excerpt:
And mothers stood, with streaming eyes,
And saw their dearest children sold;
Unheeded rose their bitter cries,
While tyrants bartered them for gold...
Go here to MANA’s Black Lit Alive! blog post to read the entire poem or listen to an interpretive reading of the poem.
Let Your Voice Be Heard With MANA's Self-Publishing Offer
In commemoration of Black History Month, MANA invites Black and marginalized writers and poets to submit their poetry and short stories for publication on the Short Story page on MANA’s blog, “The MANA Sunriser."
1. Poetry should be a maximum of 250 words.
2. Short Stories should be a maximum of 500 words
3. Submit your work to MANA via email: email@example.com
Upon receiving permission from the author, some works will be interpretatively read in a podcast on the blog. Also, a “Black Lit Alive!” charm will be given to each contributor while the supply lasts.
MANA is also inviting Black and marginalized writers and poets to self-publish their work and receive a $750 discount on the cost of most MANA self-publishing plans. You will also receive a complimentary MANA t-shirt.
Go here to MANA’s website to learn more about MANA’s Self-Publishing Plans. We can tailor a plan to fit your budget.
The deadline to take advantage of these opportunities is February 27. This is a chance to let your voice be heard.
Questions? Contact MANA at 734-975-0028 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.