by Carol Taylor
GLORY DAYS:365 Inspired Moments in African-American History
by Janus Adams
What's in Glory Days for you, for me or for us?
Janus Adams has produced a miracle of inspiration and empowerment in print. She tells me that her book took twenty years to write. Discovering history with
Do you want to know what consciousness-raising milestone-making events occurred on your birthday, on your children's or other relatives' birthdays? Family fun can be had riffling through the pages, which, by the way, are not numbered, but are chronologically marked by day and by month. December 26 - you guessed it - starts with Dr. Maulana Karenga's Nguzo Saba, Seven Days of Kwanzaa. Indeed, Ms Adams' inventiveness and keen imagination are remarkable in presenting what otherwise might be termed 'dry' historical information. There is no way one can put this book down, once having started searching for personal connections to "our" days and months.
I have never read another author's index and been so moved to action, reflection and pride. Where in the world did
Time and space do not allow me to cite the entire list, but if one could read it over once a day to their children, there is no way they wouldn't become extremely self-motivated individuals. the Index begins with, "Alternatives," goes through "Ambition, Authenticity (we WERE the first people on earth!), Brotherhood, Commitment, Endurance, Greatness, Legacies, Potential, Reclamation, Self-Affirmation, Truth, Unity, Vision and Zest." (for life and learning!) These are only a few of the vital qualities covered. The melding of West Indian and African-American and Indigenous (Native American) statistics makes for very satisfying reading. What really happened at
Glory Days uncannily evokes personal memories and somehow provides us with connections to our present-day lives.
I experienced a deep feeling of angst because of the tremendous wealth of material so few had ever bothered to teach me as a child about my own people. On the other hand, I certainly rejoiced in boundless energy from learning just how great we were - and are - because Janus Adams, who earned the first-ever graduate degree in Pan African Studies, has so delightfully described OUR truth in her perenially memorable GLORY DAYS.
I thank Ms Adams, and my family thanks her, for such a magnificent contribution to our wellbeing, and your family will too!