Jamila Minnicks | The Sun Magazine

Jamila Minnicks


Jamila Minnicks is a lawyer turned writer whose work focuses on the intimate and untold stories of Black life in Alabama. Her debut novel, Moonrise over New Jessup, was published in January 2023.

— From July 2023
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Footprints In Alabama

My mama’s family is Alabama for at least four generations. Though I grew up in Illinois, my soul is rooted here. So whenever anyone narrows their eyes and cocks their head to question how I — a Black woman — could possibly love this place, my answer has been: “Because generations of my people’s blood and footprints are in this soil.”

July 2023
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