Russell Goings has been busy this winter. In January, the 1959 graduate saw 13 years of writing, rewriting and revising rewarded when Simon and Schuster published his epic griotsong, The Children of Children Keep Coming. There followed a number of books signings and some very special events—Columbia University staged a theatrical adaptation of the piece and hosted a separate discussion around it in February. And in January, the New York Stock exchange honored Goings by inviting him to host a signing and ring the closing bell. Goings was one of the first African-American stock brokers on Wall Street and started the first black-owned, fully operational brokerage company to own a seat on the exchange.
The Children of Children is a 256-page poem that draws on African oral traditions—griots are oral historians—and a combination of mythical and historical figures to trace the arc of the African-American experience from slavery to today. Goings began the piece when he decided to take up creative writing and enrolled at Fairfield University. The book also features rare drawings by the late African American artist Romare Bearden, a longtime Goings’ friend.