Bajans brave weather for Launch of “I’m Tired of Racism” by Sharon Hurley Hall

While many were braving the feeder bands of Hurricane Tammy, a stalwart crew watched Barbados-based anti-racism activist, writer and educator Sharon Hurley Hall presenting her latest book to Barbadians. This publication, entitled “I’m Tired of Racism – True Stories of Existing While Black” is a collection of her anti-racism essays, and chronicles her experiences in painful detail.

Hurley Hall draws on her extensive life experience living and working in many countries and accurately depicts daily life where racism is the norm. These factual accounts were first published on her eponymous blog, and the reactions spurred her to compile certain posts into her second book on this controversial topic. “I’m Tired of Racism – True Stories of Existing While Black” has received five-star reviews on Amazon.com. Hurley Hall has also authored “Exploring Shadeism, an analysis of colorism in Barbados and the wider Caribbean.”

An alumna of Queen’s College, Hurley Hall used the School Hall at Husbands, St. James, for this event, which was attended by a small group of people who braved the inclement weather. MC Kathie Daniel first welcomed the guests, then introduced Professor Emerita Dr Hazel Simmons-McDonald, OBE, of the University of the West Indies (UWI).
An alumna of Queen’s College, Hurley Hall used the School Hall at Husbands, St. James, for this event, which was attended by a small group of people who braved the inclement weather. MC Kathie Daniel first welcomed the guests, then introduced Professor Emerita Dr Hazel Simmons-McDonald, OBE, of the University of the West Indies (UWI).

Prof. Simmons-McDonald quickly engaged her audience with her erudite review of the book, interspersed with her reactions to the various chapters. Hurley Hall then read selected chapters from her newest book, evoking a range of emotional reactions from her audience. She chronicled the journey from blog post to book, explaining her motivation and sharing her determination to end racism.

After the formalities, the author was happy to sign copies of her books for those who were purchasing. Then came the social part with delicious cake, whose design mirrored the book cover, beverages and animated discussions between the members of the audience. Certainly, this event provided much food for thought and discussion.
After the formalities, the author was happy to sign copies of her books for those who were purchasing. Then came the social part with delicious cake, whose design mirrored the book cover, beverages and animated discussions between the members of the audience. Certainly, this event provided much food for thought and discussion.

I’m Tired of Racism – True Stories of Existing While Black” is available for purchase on Amazon.com, and hard copies will soon be available from local bookstores.

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