“You have to understand, my dears, that the shortest distance between truth and a human being is a story.”
Anthony de Mello
Today’s Literary Birthday
Civil rights activist, historian, author and editor, W.E. B. Dubois was born this day in 1868. Dubois was the first African-American to earn a PhD from Harvard University. He was one of the founders of the NAACP. Dubois wrote three autobiographies and edited the NAACP’s newspaper The Crisis for 25 years, but his best known work was The Souls of Black Folks. Martin Luther King said, “Dr. Dubois’s greatest virtue was his committed empathy with all the oppressed and his divine dissatisfaction with all forms of injustice.”
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist John Camp who writes best-selling mystery novels under the pseudonym John Sanford was born this day in 1944. He is best known for his series of Prey novels featuring police detective Lucas Davenport. He also has a series about the computer hacker, Kidd, and has recently begun a third with another detective, Virgil Flowers, as the protagonist.
Today’s Memoir/Family History Memory Trigger
Each day we offer a question or action to help you trigger your memories of things which will make your memoir or family history richer, more detailed and more interesting. Reflect on the prompt and see what ideas it triggers. Here’s today’s:
Is there a professor who changed the course of your life?