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100 Love Notes to my HBCU Students: From your Mama Professor by Sabrina Taylor et al. is a compilation of some of Dr. Taylor's best question and answer quips between herself and her students as a professor at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland, an HBCU—the acronym for Historically Black Colleges & Universities. Dr. Taylor has pulled these little repartees together to highlight how moments of some of the most fleeting conversations can have meaningful takeaways that transcend the brief discussion and offer long-lasting affirmations that can be applied in any number of life situations. Some are philosophical, some are humorous, some are deeply moving. All of them are a delight.
Do not be alarmed by the noted length of 100 Love Notes to my HBCU Students and put it down believing it to be overly loquacious. Sabrina Taylor breaks down a single course of dialogue per the whole page, most being fewer than 2 very brief lines. All told, and if all were formatted within a few lines of each other, this collection would likely be much shorter. You know how it goes though: 'Though she be but little she is fierce'. As a man of color with a daughter of color who is also a university student, I loved everything Dr. Taylor delivers. I also enjoyed the breaking down of quips by the type of child the student represents within a family setting. The stand-out to me is Note 37 to Dr. Taylor's Lost Child:
Student: I’m tired of school.
Dr. Taylor: School is temporary. Your future is permanent.
True, indeed. Very highly recommended.