Author of ‘Decolonial Daughter’ discusses motherhood, racism and her letters to her European son

Brooklyn-born author Lesley-Ann Brown decided to write her book, “Decolonial Daughter: Letters from a Black Woman to Her European Son” to express all of the intricacies of life and Blackness in extremely different geographical settings.

Brown moved to Copenhagen, Denmark 18 years ago, where she had a son. The book is a collection of searingly honest and historical notes and letters to her son, who had never experienced American or Trinidadian Black life. It was also a way to get him to engage in her writing more. Her son told her he would read her work if she wrote a book. After spending her career as an essayist and educator, she took the challenge, and thus, “Decolonial Daughter: Letters from a Black Woman to Her European Son” came into the world, ready to give insight into the complexities of a Black international perspective.

AmNews: Your book is to your son who lives in Europe, a place very different from Brooklyn or Trinidad and Tobago. Is there a lack of conversation about racial identity and colonialism in Denmark to the point where you felt you needed to communicate the complexities of them to your child?

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