Marie-Elena John

Marie-Elena John

in Antigua and Barbuda
January 01, 1963

Marie-Elena John is a Caribbean writer.

She was born and raised in Antigua and is a former development specialist of the African Development Foundation, the World Council of Churches’ Program to Combat Racism, and Global Rights (formerly the International Human Rights Law Group), where she worked in support of the pro-democracy movement in Nigeria and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is known especially for her work in the United Nations and at local and national levels to raise awareness about the denial of inheritance rights to women.

Marie-Elena John made history in 1986 as the first Black woman valedictorian of New York's City College (CCNY). She later earned a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University, specializin

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“His soul,' she would say, 'picked mine up and we flew.' And to those who gave her a disbelieving look, she would insist. 'Have you never touched someone and felt them? Felt what was inside of their body?' Only a few would know what she was talking about.”
Marie-Elena John, Unburnable

“That was just the means by which he would be totally and constantly surrounded by Black people; and it was the means by which they would all know his name.”
Marie-Elena John, Unburnable

“She learned yet another critical fact, which is that those male animals have the good sense to interfere only with females in heat, but that men lack the sexual intelligence or instinct to leave their disinterested women alone.”
Marie-Elena John, Unburnable

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