She began writing as a method to cope with homesickness while at Cornell. She entered the Council for Interracial Books for Children's annual short story contest with her piece "Sing to the Dawn." The award-winning story was published in 1947 and was followed by three other novels written over the next five years.
Minfong Ho was born in China but grew up in Washington, D.C. After graduating from Barnard College, she moved to New York City where she worked as an editor for several publishing companies before turning to writing full time. Her first novel, Sing to the Dawn, was published in 1947 when she was only 25 years old. It was followed by three more novels over the next five years. In 1952, Ho went back to school to get her MFA degree in creative writing from New York University. She later became a professor of English at Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center.
Ho wrote about subjects such as racism, sexism, and homophobia in both historical and contemporary settings. Her work was praised for its authenticity and insight into modern life. She died in New York City in 2006 at the age of 88.
After reading Sing to the Dawn, it becomes clear that this novel is a prequel to Angel Street, which we will read about in part 2.
She took pleasure in her work's seeming accessibility and directness, stating that she intended to reach the widest possible audience and agitate for civil rights via her writing. Oodgeroo Noonuccal went on to produce a number of other poetry books, as well as non-fiction and children's literature. She received several awards for her work including the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992.
In addition to being a poet, author and activist, Oodgeroo was also a musician and teacher. She performed songs in her native language of Kriol as well as English. Some of her poems were set to music by others. She also had a weekly radio show on Brisbane radio station 4ZZZ in 1973-4. This is believed to be the first ever female-hosted radio show in Australia. In 1975, Oodgeroo began teaching literature and creative writing at Griffith University in Brisbane. She also taught during semester breaks throughout her career. She retired in 1992 but continued to write until a few years before her death in 2002.
Oodgeroo has been described as "a leading voice of her time" and "one of Australia's most important poets". Her works have been translated into many languages including German, French, Chinese and Spanish.
Here are some of Oodgeroo's most famous lines: "We are going to the moon!
Otto Leland Bohanan wrote the wonderful poem "The Dawn's Awake." The poet discusses the trials and struggles that Afro-Americans have faced in the past in this poem. He claims that after a lengthy period of enslavement, we have now arrived at the objective of liberty. However, many problems still exist because of our deep-seated feelings of racism against each other.
In order to explain what he means by this verse:
The dawn's awake, the wind blows cold; It is time for us to go, leave here my root, let us flee as far as possible from this place where death has hold.
Here, he is referring to the fact that even though we have achieved our freedom, we must still deal with issues such as racism if we want to move forward as a people.
Many people may not understand why it is important for Afro-Americans to remain united in the face of racial injustice. But, I believe that Bohanan understood this concept very well when he wrote this poem. By doing so, he was able to inspire his fellow men to keep fighting for their rights.