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Mary McAfee Toi Derricotte’s Lecture Review Personally, one of the most intriguing parts about reading a book is the picture that forms in my mind of the characters appearance: their hairstyle, chosen apparel, and the sound of their voice. Yet Derricotte’s book brought about a category that I never took the time to visualize: race. I wondered throughout the book how white Derricott’s skin really was, which is the main topic of discussion in her book The Black Notebooks, as well as these other external factors. Her memoir displayed through her own experiences that racial issues still exist today, and focused intensely on her struggle with being black. I scanned the front of the crowd after I walked into Sykes Common Room to try and predict which woman would turn out to be Derricotte. To be completely honest, each one of my guesses was incorrect; Derricotte had whiter skin than I imagined. But after the first few minutes of listening to her poetry and idle chatter, I had totally forgotten about race altogether; both her skin color and mine. Derricotte has such a charming and
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