Sonsyrea Tate

Sonsyrea Tate is the author of the popular memoir Little X, which was selected by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults in 1998 and featured in the New York Library Association's Books for the Teen Age 1998 in the "USA Black America" section. She has lectured at numerous colleges and universities on a variety of topics, including the history of the Nation of Islam, Islam in the African-American community, and women in Islam. She lives in Maryland with her husband and can be reached at Visit the author at

Books by this Author

Do Me Twice

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. All things work together for good.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Anywhere laughing with my husband.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. kindness, intelligence, courage

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. The Joker

Author Voices

December 07, 2011

Rock On!
By Sonsyrea Tate Montgomery

We know we are beautiful. And ugly too.... We stand on top of the mountain, free within ourselves."

--Langston Hughes

I grew up with three grandmothers. My maternal grandmother, Irene Thomas, recently was anointed as First Mother of Tenth Street Baptist Church in Northwest; my paternal grandmother, Sis. Wala Waheed (Willie Tate), was honopred as a pioneer in the Nation of Islam by the Muslim community at Masjid Muhammad. Then there was my biological maternal grandmother, Grandma Fuller, who told me religion was some silly s*-)!

Some of their insight, wisdom, and... see more

December 01, 2011

Merry Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas
By Sonsyrea Tate Montgomery

“We have a market-driven society so obsessed with buying and selling and obsessed with power and pleasure and property, it doesn't leave a whole lot of time for non-market values and non-market activity so that love and trust and justice, concern for the poor, that's being pushed to the margins, and you can see it.”—Dr. Cornel West

Of course Princeton Professor Cornel West came to mind as I browsed through my neighborhood market place this week. I was amused by the Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas competition for our dollars.

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