Well, You Don’t Say: 9 Celebrities, Ballers, Authors And Vixens You Might Not Have Known Were Virgin Islanders

October 10, 2012  |  
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Barbara Christian

Christian was a feminist, author and professor of African-American studies at The University of California-Berkeley (a department she helped establish and because of it, she became the first black woman at the school to be granted  tenure),  and on top of that, she garnered much attention for her book, Black Women Novelists: The Development of a Tradition in the early ’80s. Christian was born in St. Thomas, and what influenced her to write Black Women Novelists: The Development of a Tradition, which allowed her to cover the works of women like Toni Morrison, Alice Walker and more, was that Christian remembered growing up as a “young girl in the Caribbean,” reading Nancy Drew books and wondering what black female protagonists could compete with such a strong character.

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