INTERVIEW | Dr. Neal Hall

Dr. Hall, describe yourself for or visitors:

My name is Dr. Neal Hall. I am a graduate of Cornell and Harvard Universities. I am a practicing medical and surgical eye doctor (Ophthalmologist). I have evolved into a poet and author. I began writing poetry in high school; only later in life did I find my voice, vocation and salvation in composing verse.

I’ve recently published a critically acclaimed anthology of verse titled Nigger For Life; reflecting my painful discovery, that in “unspoken America – the real America” race is the one thing on which I am is “first” judged by which I am is “first” measured, “first”, against which my life and accomplishments are metered diminished value, dignity, equality and justice. All of which having everything to do with accessing choice, opportunity, power and freedom in America.

Favorite bible verse:

“ … Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand” St. Matthew: 12:25

Quote you wish to share:
“…Divided and distinguishable, we have
sold our individual birthright for
consumer rights to buy white,
to look more white,
to look like we are indistinguishably white
and in the process
we have lost our ability to distinguish real
freedom from the look of freedom.
I am convinced
that for Black Americans,
the look of freedom
has been more detrimental
than no freedom at all.”
Neal Hall, M.D. (Copyright 2009)

Tell us about your current book.

Nigger For Life is a critically acclaimed anthology of verse. The body of poetry is extraordinary …meaningful beyond black and white, worthy of – down through the ages – analytical and academic study for their compelling, empowering commentary. Nigger For Life is as confronting as it is illuminating, as disarming as it is thought provoking.

It’s candid, gut wrenching clarity gives it it’s tremendous power and impact to provoke both thought and honest dialog regarding race, racism, equality and freedom, not just in America, but throughout the world. The book’s unique ability to open minds, touch hearts and change philosophies of ordinary people is immeasurable.

Two notable and well respected minds best describe why Nigger For Life is timely: Cornel West, Ph.D., (Princeton University) said of the book  “…his poetry has the capacity to change ordinary people’s philosophy on social and racial issues”. Beth Richie, Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Chicago) stated the  “images and issues addressed in Nigger For Life are tremendously important to our people and the academic field of African American Studies”. Nigger for Life should be read, studied and included amongst the great poetry volumes written.  It is a powerful voice that speaks to the world.

What influenced you to write this book?

After years of academic rigors, it was with a deep sense of betrayal that I discovered – painfully – that despite all my hard work, enthusiasm and drive, America does not deliver equally.

I discovered that in “unspoken America – the ‘real’ America”, race is the one thing by which I am “first” judged; by which I am “first” measured, “first” against which my life and accomplishments are metered diminished value, dignity and equality; all of which have everything to do with accessing choice, opportunity, power and freedom. Now I can see – painfully – my continued state of slavery in America. In the eyes of “unspoken America”:

What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?

“Life is not enough, if you are not free enough to live it.”
– Neal Hall, M.D. (Copyright 2009)

What’s next for you?

I’ve complete 4 manuscripts for books.

I am currently working on my 5th book.

Where can visitors find you online?