C. Nicole Mason2018-12-23T02:13:12+00:00

Nicole Writes about what Unites, not Divides the Working Class in the Washington Post

When “Roseanne” premiered in 1988, I was among the millions of Americans who tuned in weekly to watch the Conners navigate life in the Midwest. Although I was a kid in Los Angeles, thousands of [...]

Praise for Born Bright

“A thoughtful, well-crafted rejoinder to Claude Brown’s half-century-old Manchild in the Promised Land, speaking to the power of hope and the institutional changes needed to make hope possible.”
Kirkus Reviews
“An illuminating memoir…Born Bright reveals the brutal weight of concentrated, persistent, and racialized poverty on Black girls, Black families, and their communities.”
Angela Glover Blackwell, President and CEO, PolicyLink
“As much as any author I’ve ever read, Dr. Mason shows us that there are millions of poor children who are “born bright.” However, without opportunity or support, many of them will continue to fall through the cracks. Anyone who is working to build a more equitable society should keep Dr. Mason’s message in mind, every day.”
Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director, National Head Start Association

47 million: Number of people living in poverty in the U.S.


The percent of food insecure households in U.S.


Yearly earnings of a minimum wage worker in U.S.

Off the Pages with Nicole

In this episode of Off the Pages, Nicole talks whether or not she feels lucky and the significance of being a Black Woman writer

In this Episode of Off the Pages, Nicole reveals the most difficult subject she wrote about in Born Bright

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    At the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, GA in conversation with Former Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum