Cover for a proposed book of quotations by Aberjhani.
The idea of a book of quotations by Aberjhani, a notion which has been floating around even before excerpts from his work started taking on a life of their own all across the Internet on sites like Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter, may be on its way to becoming a published reality.
It started initially with responses to his early commentaries on different writers’ posts on AuthorsDen and at Creative Thinkers International. The idea remained mostly an interesting possibility until 2012. That was when the rate of circulated excerpts began increasing weekly and various readers and micro-bloggers expressed a decisive preference for access to themed work in this format.
Blog forum discussions and an increasing number of websites featuring full pages of quotations by the author indicate the time has arrived to make available a pocket-sized book with a more substantial collection than what is currently presented on the Internet. In addition, a number of individuals celebrated as much for their humanitarian outlook as for their cultural artistry have demonstrated the inspirational and educational value of such quotes in the digital age.
Providing a comprehensive collection in book form––drawing from works in nearly every literary genre––represents a logical step forward that could easily benefit readers, booksellers, libraries, and schools. At this point, a publisher for the proposed volume has not been confirmed but the possibility of an author-published collection should probably not be ruled out either.
In observation of Black History Month 2013, the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance website launched at the beginning of February with the following description:
“100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance was established to encourage, promote, and document recognition of the forthcoming Harlem Renaissance Centennial. Blogs on the website are written primarily by historian and poet Aberjhani and present texts on different aspects of the celebrated Jazz Age movement as well as texts pertaining to its forthcoming centennial. In addition, it contains a Call for Submissions page through which interested parties are able to submit papers and proposals in regard to the centennial as well as blog articles for possible publication on the website. 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance was founded by Aberjhani in December 2012.”
Though up and live, the website has been adding new content at a moderate pace as students, authors, teachers, historians, researchers and other interested visitors familiarize themselves with it and utilize the unique content to their advantage. The following is an abbreviated table of contents:
100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance
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The Savannah Talks Troy Anthony Davis series made its debut in Aberjhani’s Examiner column three years ago when it was established to track developments in the criminal case of the executed Savannah native Davis and the slain (1989) policeman Mark Allen MacPhail. The seventeenth column installment, subtitled 1st Anniversary of the Execution became on September 21, 2012, one of the most referenced articles about Troy Davis on the Internet.
Although the article itself was published on Examiner, the headline link was featured in a Twitter feed of “top links for the subject” in a story by Gemma Puglisi for Huffington Post. It appears in the above screenshot in the bottom right corner. Moreover, the original article has received more than 500 Facebook likes so far (see the screen shot image below).
The article’s popularity came in part because Aberjhani is one of the few known contemporary authors to have written about the Troy Davis/Mark MacPhail case over an extended period of time and possibly the only one from Savannah, Georgia, to have done so. But it also gained some traffic due to the inclusion of the video by well-known television Judge Greg Mathis. In the video, Mathis states in his no-nonsense style that Davis should have received a second trial in light of all the circumstances and he chastises the state of Georgia for having “blood on its hands.”