Getting Word: Black Literature for Black Liberation 2022
As we celebrate Juneteenth 2022, Obsidian would like to take a moment to recognize how vital Black literature and Black voices have been to the American literary landscape. To honor our diverse and innovative community, Obsidian has joined with four other Black literary arts organizations again this year for a collective campaign—Getting Word: Black Literature for Black Liberation.
Our campaign began Juneteenth, a date in 1865 when Black folks in Texas “Got Word” of the Emancipation Proclamation, and ends on July 4th, another holiday of liberation. Our goal is simple: to link the newly minted holiday of Juneteenth to a tradition of supporting the organizations behind America’s Black authors.
Who is “Getting Word?”
The collective includes Obsidian, Cave Canem, Furious Flower Poetry Center, The Hurston/Wright Foundation, and The Watering Hole. We are organizations at the center of a shift in American letters—a Black shift—publishing America’s leading authors.
Contributions to this campaign will be equally distributed amongst all five organizations and will support the discovery, cultivation, and promotion of Black writers and artists.
Please help Obsidian remain an independent beacon for critical-creative Black thought by spreading the word on Getting Word and donating today! Visit the Getting Word website at https://gettingword.org/
Getting Word and Bookshop.org have partnered for this year’s Getting Word annual fundraiser! Check out our Obsidian picks!
Moved by Getting Word’s mission to support the Black literary organizations behind today’s leading, emerging, and aspiring Black writers and creators, Bookshop is donating 10% of all book sales to Getting Word. And the bonus: Obsidian curated a book list by Black authors who have been a part of Obsidian’s community as editors and contributors. Check out our list!
How You Can Help Obsidian Get the Word out about Getting Word!
• You can help Obsidian by purchasing books from our Bookshop.org page, and sharing our Bookshop.org page to your own networks. https://bookshop.org/lists/obsidian-s-culturehasasound-getting-word-book-list
• Share the Getting Word social media graphics below along with our Bookshop.org page and direct people to https://gettingword.org/
• Follow us on social media and like and share our posts:
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• Donate! https://gettingword.org/ (We appreciate you!)
Here are some notes to help you get the word out about Getting Word!
1. What is Getting Word?
Getting Word: Black Literature for Black Liberation is an annual fundraiser calling for the longterm monetary support of the Black literary arts organizations responsible for producing America’s leading authors.
2.Who is Getting Word?
Getting Word consists of Obsidian, Cave Canem, Furious Flower Poetry Center, The Hurston/Wright Foundation, and The Watering Hole. We are organizations at the center of the shift in American letters—a Black shift—publishing America’s leading authors.
3. How will the donations be used?
The donations will be equally divided amongst the 5 literary organizations and used to support and uplift today’s leading, emerging, and aspiring Black authors, poets, and essayists.
4. When is the Getting Word campaign?
The campaign began Juneteenth, the date in 1865 when black folks in Texas “Got Word” of the Emancipation Proclamation, and ends July 4th, another holiday of liberation.
5. Why these dates?
Our goal is simple: to link the newly minted holiday of Juneteenth to a tradition of supporting the organizations behind America’s Black authors.
6. Where can I get more information and donate?