LIFELINES: THE BLACK BOOK OF PROVERBS

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“Yvonne McCalla Sobers and Askhari Johnson Hodari have offered us a rare treasure. They have created for us a gathering of the elders to offer us wise counsel.”
– The Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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LIFELINES: THE BLACK BOOK OF PROVERBS
Askhari Johnson Hodari & Yvonne McCalla Sobers
(foreword by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu)
Broadway | November 2009 | 9780767931205

This illustrated treasury of proverbs unites the timeless wisdom of Black communities in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas, while speaking to the triumphs and challenges of everyday life. Lifelines: The Black book of Proverbs travels to all corners of the globe to reclaim and preserve African wisdom. This book offers the remarkably wise heart of Africa and her children to readers experiencing career changes, new births, weddings, death, and other rites of passage. Readers will find truth in the African saying, “When the occasion arises, there is a proverb to suit it.” Proverbs are presented in vibrant storypoem form; and are uniquely arranged by key life cycle events such as birth, initiation, marriage, and death. Readers of Lifelines will be able to locate proverbs and their source/origin under themes such as “wealth”, “parenting”, “change” and “strength.”

Inspired illustrations introduce each section along with unforgettable vignettes showing how African proverbs comfort, inspire and instruct during different phases of life. Lifelines illuminates how traditions, civilization and spirit survive and thrive, despite centuries of loss of freedom, family, identity, language, land, and wealth.

 

Read an excerpt from Lifelines: The Black Book of Proverbs here.

 

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