The Kind of Light That Shines On Texas: Reginald McKnight’s riveting short story “The Kind of Light That Shines on Texas” grapples honestly with America’s difficult racial history.

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This self-guided, fully remote course provides the resources you need to flourish as an English language reader and writer. Improve your current skills or find inspiration for your own writing—it’s up to you. The flexibility of this remote course allows you to set the pace and learn on your own schedule.

Reginald McKnight’s critically acclaimed short story “The Kind of Light That Shines on Texas” chronicles the struggles of Clint, the young, Black narrator who faces blatant racism from his teacher and peers in his sixth-grade class of mostly white students in Waco, Texas, in the mid-1960s. Through Clint’s journey, McKnight masterfully explores what it feels like to grow up Black in a racist country and presents a unique opportunity to reflect on your own values and stereotypes.