Join us on Thursday, October 7th from 6-7:30 pm to pick up a copy of Black Was Not a Label and get your book signed by Kathryn H. Ross! Masks will be required to enter the store and to approach the table.
Black Was Not a Label (Pronto Press)
Black Was Not a Label is a collection of essays that explores the intersection of faith and racial trauma and the attempt to come to terms with instances of otherness, isolation, racism, erasure, anger, and lost love.
From the moment where one's race is realized to the first heart break because of something more than unrequited feelings, Black Was Not a Label explores what life is like within the "veil," a concept coined by W.E.B. DuBois, and the "double consciousness," for author Kathryn H. Ross. These concepts are felt from earliest childhood, but not realized or dealt with until early adulthood, when this collection of essays was born. Within them, Ross sifts through memories of everything from hair trauma and drama, instances of racism and forced stereotypes in school, family, and friendships, to slavery and heritage, her personal relationship with and faith in God with whom she struggles to reconcile the past, present, and the uncertain future of the brown body in what can often be a mean world.
Kathryn H. Ross is a writer and editor from Southern California. Her debut book, Black Was Not A Label (2019), was published by Pronto. Her first chapbook, Count It All Loss: Poems, is forthcoming from GoldScriptCo, October 2021. Read her full prose, essays, and poetry at speakthewritelanguage.com.