Armondo Collins of the University Libraries submitted an essay to the National Council for Black Studies titled "Breaking a Slave's Mind: A New Reading of Omar Ibn Said and Solomon Northrup" last Spring. He wrote the essay for Sallyann Ferguson's ENG 735: Slave Narratives course. In additiion to his work with the Digital Media Commons in the University Libraries, Armondo is a graduate student in the English Department.
For the essay, Armondo did a close reading of narratives written by two men who were taken into slavery as adults, one from Africa, the other New York. The essay tied for 3rd place in the graduate division.
Congratulations Armondo on this prestigious award!