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Issue Details: First known date: 2019... 2019 The Horse in the Room
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'My parents adopted me straight from the Canadian hospital where I was born. They were on a long waiting list, and had a while to go before they would receive a baby. Then, out of nowhere, they got lucky. Another white couple were at the Toronto Women's College Hospital to pick up their new baby, and were disappointed when I was placed in their arms and they noticed my mop of curly black hair and my ethnic features. I was a healthy baby but I wasn't ... white. They no longer wanted me. My parents got a late-night call and, soon after, their first baby. (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Growing Up African in Australia Maxine Beneba Clarke (editor), Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2019 15503976 2019 anthology autobiography poetry

    'Learning to kick a football in a suburban schoolyard. Finding your feet as a young black dancer. Discovering your grandfather’s poetry. Meeting Nelson Mandela at your local church. Facing racism from those who should protect you. Dreading a visit to the hairdresser. House-hopping across the suburbs. Being too black. Not being black enough. Singing to find your soul, and then losing yourself.

    'Welcome to African Australia. Compiled by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, with curatorial assistance from writers Ahmed Yussuf and Magan Magan, this anthology brings together the regions of Africa, and the African diaspora, from the Caribbean to the Americas. Told with passion, power, and poise, these are the stories of African-diaspora Australians: diverse, engaging, hopeful and heartfelt.'

    Source: Publisher's blurb.

    Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2019
    pg. 201-204
Last amended 21 May 2019 16:07:53