100 Love Notes to my HBCU Students

From Your Mama Professor

Non-Fiction - Education
111 Pages
Reviewed on 05/19/2022
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Author Biography

As a servant leader, it is my intention to utilize my talent to advocate for those in underserved communities, persons with disabilities, persons of color, and first generation college students. Over the course of my career, I have been intentional about serving as an advocate. It is my calling and it is my purpose. Learn more about me at drtaylorisin.com. Follow me on Twitter at #drtaylorisin

    Book Review

Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite

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.