Excerpts from “Yellow Taxi” by Eve Joseph, from At the End of Life: True Stories about How We Die, Lee Gutkind, editor (Creative Nonfiction Books, 2012), are reprinted with permission of the author.
Excerpts from Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery by bell hooks (Boston: South End Press, 1994) are reprinted with permission of the author.
Lines from Lucille Clifton, “at the cemetery, walnut grove plantation, south carolina, 1989” from The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton. Copyright 1991 by Lucille Clifton. Reprinted with permission of The Permissions Company, LLC, on behalf of BOA Editions Ltd., www.boaeditions.org.
Lines from “Ego-Tripping (there must be a reason why)” from The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni, 1968–1998 by Nikki Giovanni. Copyright for compilation 2003 by Nikki Giovanni. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers.
Copyright 2020 by Carolyn Lee Holbrook
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Holbrook, Carolyn (Carolyn L.), author.
Tell me your names and I will testify / Carolyn Holbrook.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2020.
Identifiers: LCCN 2019036806 (ebook) | ISBN 978-1-4529-6119-4 (ebook)
Subjects: LCSH: Holbrook, Carolyn (Carolyn L.) | African American women authors—21st century—Biography. | African American women authors—Political and social views.
Classification: LCC PS3608.O482875 (ebook) | DDC 818/.603 [B]—dc23
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