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Sula by Toni Morrison – Dedication

In Black Authors, Books, Novels on March 13, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Toni Morrison dedicate her Nobel Prizewinning novel Sula ~

It is sheer good fortune to miss

somebody long before they leave you.

This book is for Ford and Slade, whom

I miss although they have not left me.

Ford Morrison and Slade Morrison are her sons.

News From Home by Sefi Atta – Dedication

In Black Authors, Books, Short Stories on February 10, 2011 at 11:01 am

Nigerian author Sefi Atta dedicated News From Home:

for Gboyega and Temi

Gboyega Ransome-Kuti is Sefi’s husband. They gave their US-born daughter Temi a dedication ceremony in New Jersey. Read their cool story here.

Seraph on the Suwanee by Zora Neale Hurston – Dedication

In Black Authors, Books, Novels on January 29, 2011 at 11:00 am

Zora Neale Hurston dedicated her novel Seraph on the Suwanee:

To

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

and

Mrs. Spessard L. Holland

With Loving Admiration

Here Hurston continued her tradition of dedicating books to Floridian authors. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings won a Pulitzer Prize for The Yearling.

Florida Senator Spessard L. Holland was still serving his last Congressional term when he died of a heart attack at 79. Hurston dedicated this book to his wife Mary (they were married over 50 years). You can visit Mary Holland Park, a large nature preserve, in Central Florida.

Moses Man of the Mountain by Zora Neale Hurston – Dedication

In Black Authors, Books, Novels on January 28, 2011 at 10:52 am

Zora Neale Hurston dedicated her novel Moses Man of the Mountain:

TO

EDWIN OSGOOD GROVER

Grover was Professor of Books at Rollins College where Hurston was a student. He published many books, taught courses and created the 45-acre Mead Garden for reading and reflection.

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston – Dedication

In Award-Winners, Black Authors, Books, Novels on January 27, 2011 at 10:17 am

Did you read this one in school? Zora Neale Hurston dedicated her award-winning novel Their Eyes Were Watching God:

TO

HENRY ALLEN MOE

Dr. Henry Allen Moe served as President of the Guggenheim Foundation for over 40 years, guiding countless artists, scholars and scientists. He left to become President of the American Philosophical Society (1959-1970). His widow created the Henry Allen Moe Prize in the Humanities in 1982.

Jonah’s Gourd Vine by Zora Neale Hurston – Dedication

In Black Authors, Books, Novels on January 26, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Zora Neals Hurston dedicated her novel Jonah’s Gourd Vine:

TO

BOB WUNSCH

WHO IS ONE OF THE LONG-WINGDED ANGELS

RIGHT ROUND THE THRONE

GO GATOR AND MUDDY THE WATER

– THE AUTHOR

Bob Wunsch was the resident theater director at Rollins, where Zora Neale Hurston rehearsed performers for her new play From Sun to Sun.

The Music Lesson by Victor L Wooten – Warning

In Black Authors, Books, Psychology on September 11, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Happy 46th Birthday to five-time Grammy winner Victor L. Wooten, who played bass for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and as a child toured with The Wooten Brothers Band supporting Curtis Mayfield.

Victor Wooten’s 2007 book The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music, shows you the world of writing, recording and performing through the life of Bass Magazine’s 3-time Bassist of the Year. Unlike most musical autobiographers, Victor doesn’t just drop names. He digs deep into individual notes and takes you behind the scenes of his best jam sessions.

Versus a traditional book dedication, he wrote this ~

WARNING

Everything in this vook

may be

all wrong.

But if so,

it’s

all right!

Nice use of line breaks ~ very Nikki Giovanni.

Follow Victor on Twitter

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela ~ Dedication

In Biography, Black Authors, Books on August 30, 2010 at 10:00 am

Here’s a heartbreaking and inspiring one to start your week ~

I dedicate this book to my six children, Madiba and

Makaziwe (my first daughter), who are now deceased,

and to Makgatho, Makaziwe, Zenani, and Zindzi,

whose support and love I treasure; to my twenty-one

grandchildren and three great-grandchildren who give

me great pleasure; and to all my comrades, friends, and

fellow South Africans whom I serve and whose cour-

age, determination, and patriotism remain my source

of inspiration.

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison – Dedication

In Black Authors, Books, Novels on August 2, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Toni Morrison dedicated Song of Solomon with one word ~

Daddy

Read the tales of Milkman Dead, and his sisters Magdalene and First Corinthians >>

Read about her cool dad George Wofford here.

Paradise by Toni Morrison – Dedication

In Black Authors, Books, Novels on August 2, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Toni Morrison published “Paradise” after winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her dedications are simple and sweet ~ she doesn’t write “To” or “For,” but lets the name say it all:

Lois

Toni Morrison’s birth name is Chloe Anthony Wofford. She dedicated Paradise to her older sister Lois Wofford.

Their mother took the name Lois from the Timothy in the Bible: Paul spoke to Timothy about faith, saying: “For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois, and I am sure that it is in you as well.”