In Black Skin

Tanya DeVonne

In Black Skin is a reflective and illustrative poetry collection that takes the reader on a lyrical journey from Black enslavement in America to the Black Lives Matter movement. This literary work, divided into five chapters and inspired by actual events, expresses sentiments around injustice, inequality, and inhumanity from the Black American lens.

  • Chapter One, “Sankofa Reflections,” covers American slavery, segregation, and the Great Migration.
  • Chapter Two, “Living in Black Skin,” covers gentrification, incarceration, job discrimination, and racial profiling.
  • Chapter Three, “Black Lives Matter,” highlights related themes on the movement.
  • Chapter Four, “Say Their Names,” speaks on the unjust killing of Black Americans, such as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.
  • Chapter Five, “Elevation,” celebrates the rise of Black Americans and their invaluable contributions to the nation despite facing plaguing discrimination in American society.

In Black Skin is a part of the author’s newest series of books that capture the spirit and challenges of Black life in America in the context of race. Tanya DeVonne, the author, is the pen name of Tanya Ward Jordan, President, and Founder of the Coalition For Change, Inc. (C4C), a civil rights organization challenging racism and reprisal in the federal workplace.

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