Needless to say, I am relieved to say goodbye to 2020 for the obvious reasons! In addition to the coronavirus pandemic, there were many stops and starts to this past year, and a couple of my personal projects, such as my forthcoming book, was put on hold (my plan is to finalize its publishing by this March).
That notwithstanding, I am very pleased to see the start of 2021, and to mark that beginning I am sharing a story written about me by blogger/writer, The Black Sunflower. For your convenience, I have included the story about me, “Dr. Annalise Fonza: Courageous Womanist Rebuilding Community,” here in this link.
As always, feel free to leave a comment on my page or directly on the author’s page! I am honored to be a part of The Black Sunflower’s first series highlighting the work of black writers in Kansas City, Missouri. Let’s begin this year with the power of love and with courageous actions that will make our communities healthy and sustainable for generations to come!
©2021 annalise fonza, Ph.D.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Writing has become a central part of who I am and recently I published my first book! You may find it by clicking on this link.
This brief book, which is published in digital format, will soon be available to library patrons as well. It is a womanist planning proposal, and it summarizes what I have learned (over the last twenty years) about the rebuilding of former black ghettos and predominantly black neighborhoods and communities in urban cities. It is both, a proposal and a love letter, as I reflect on the motivations and business legacy of Ollie Gates in Kansas City, Missouri.
It is also a book that I have dedicated to the memory of John Lee Johnson, who was a major catalytic force in redeveloping the North End of Champaign-Urbana, or an area where black residents of Champaign-Urbana were “allowed” to live. The North End is/was also spatially situated right across the street from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). I had the privilege of following Mr. Johnson for about two years, when I was working on my master’s degree in urban and regional planning at UIUC. I learned so much from him, first-hand, about community and economic development.
If the development of former black ghettos, or predominantly black communities and neighborhoods is something that interests you, then this is definitely worth the read. And, it should not take you more than an hour to read it!
In addition, if you are someone who has supported my writing over the years, thank you, once again, for taking an interest in what I have to say. If you are new to this blog, then welcome to my world!
I look forward to publishing more in the future!
©2019 annalise fonza, Ph.D.