Black Studies

Black and African American Studies
Uncovering Race: A Black Journalist's Story of Reporting and Reinvention Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807061008
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Published: Beacon Press (MA) - October 11th, 2011

A Black Journalist's Story of Race, Media, and Reinvention A veteran reporter confronts her industry's refusal to represent and reflect a soon-to-be majority-minority nation From the Rodney King riots to the racial upheaval that gripped Boston's most prestigious newspaper in the late 1990s, the stories Amy Alexander chronicled were the biggest of American journalism's modern era.

Bitch Is the New Black Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061778841
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 24th, 2011

Strong, sassy, always surprising--and titled after a Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" monologue by Tina Fey--Bitch Is the New Black is a deliciously addictive memoir-in-essays in which Helena Andrews goes from being the daughter of the town lesbian to a hot-shot political reporter...

Gendering the African Diaspora: Women, Culture, and Historical Change in the Caribbean and Nigerian Hinterland (Blacks in the Diaspora) Cover Image
By Judith A. Byfield (Editor), LaRay Denzer (Editor), Anthea Morrison (Editor)
ISBN: 9780253221537
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Published: Indiana University Press - February 1st, 2010

This volume builds on and extends current discussions of the construction of gendered identities and the networks through which men and women engage diaspora. It considers the movement of people and ideas between the Caribbean and the Nigerian hinterland.

Civil Rights History from the Ground Up: Local Struggles, a National Movement Cover Image
By Emilye Crosby (Editor)
ISBN: 9780820338651
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Published: University of Georgia Press - March 15th, 2011

After decades of scholarship on the civil rights movement at the local level, the insights of bottom-up movement history remain essentially invisible in the accepted narrative of the movement and peripheral to debates on how to research, document, and teach about the movement.

Convergences: Black Feminism and Continental Philosophy (SUNY Series in Gender Theory) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781438432663
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Published: State University of New York Press - October 1st, 2010

A range of themes--race and gender, sexuality, otherness, sisterhood, and agency--run throughout this collection, and the chapters constitute a collective discourse at the intersection of Black feminist thought and continental philosophy, converging on a similar set of questions and concerns.

Negropedia: The Assimilated Negro's Crash Course on the Modern Black Experience Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307463807
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - October 4th, 2011

This title tackles race issues with humour, and provides social commentary on the black experience.

Black in Latin America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780814732984
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Published: New York University Press - July 30th, 2011

Selected as a 2012 Outstanding Title by AAUP University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries

Redefining Black Power: Reflections on the State of Black America (Open Media) Cover Image
By Joanne Griffith (Editor), Michelle Alexander (Contribution by), Van Jones (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9780872865464
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Published: City Lights Books - February 28th, 2012

The Obama presidency represented a major milestone in African American history. The very presence of a black First Family had a profound cultural impact, but did the Obama White House actually addressed any of the ongoing issues faced by Black America? Did communities of color organized sufficiently to voice their concerns?

Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society Cover Image
By A. Breeze Harper (With), Pattrice Jones (With)
ISBN: 9781590561454
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Published: Lantern Books - March 1st, 2009

Sistah Vegan is a series of narratives, critical essays, poems, and reflections from a diverse community of North American black-identified vegans. Collectively, these activists are de-colonizing their bodies and minds via whole-foods veganism. By kicking junk-food habits, the more than thirty contributors all show the way toward longer, stronger, and healthier lives.

Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780292726741
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Published: University of Texas Press - October 1st, 2011

Winner, American Book Award, Before Columbus Foundation, 2012

Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807014370
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Published: Beacon Press - October 4th, 2011

From the heroic lawyer who spoke out against Clarence Thomas in the historic confirmation hearings twenty years ago

The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics, 1934-1960 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780691141350
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Published: Princeton University Press - November 28th, 2010

The Indignant Generation is the first narrative history of the neglected but essential period of African American literature between the Harlem Renaissance and the civil rights era. The years between these two indispensable epochs saw the communal rise of Richard Wright, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ralph Ellison, Lorraine Hansberry, James Baldwin, and many other influential black writers.

Black Talk, Blue Thoughts, and Walking the Color Line: Dispatches from a Black Journalista Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555537548
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Published: Northeastern University Press - October 11th, 2011

Los Angeles has had a ringside seat during the long last century of racial struggle in America. The bouts have been over money and jobs and police brutality, over politics and poetry and rap and basketball. Minimizing blackness itself has been touted as the logical and ideal solution to the struggle, but in Black Talk, Blue Thoughts, and Walking the Color Line Erin Aubry Kaplan begs to differ.

Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (King Legacy) Cover Image
By Martin Luther King, Coretta Scott King (Foreword by), Vincent Harding (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780807000670
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Published: Beacon Press - January 1st, 2010

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., isolated himself from the demands of the civil rights movement, rented a house in Jamaica with no telephone, and labored over his final manuscript.

Sojourning for Freedom: Black Women, American Communism, and the Making of Black Left Feminism Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822350507
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Published: Duke University Press - July 1st, 2011

Sojourning for Freedom portrays pioneering black women activists from the early twentieth century through the 1970s, focusing on their participation in the U.S. Communist Party (CPUSA) between 1919 and 1956. Erik S.

Groundbreaking, controversial, and courageous, here is the story of Rosa Parks and Recy Taylor--a story that reinterprets the history of America's civil rights movement in terms of the sexual violence committed against black women by white men.

I'm Black When I'm Singing, I'm Blue When I Ain't and Other Plays Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822347781
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Published: Duke University Press - September 17th, 2010

Sonia Sanchez is a prolific, award-winning poet and one of the most prominent writers in the Black Arts movement. This collection brings her plays together in one volume for the first time.

Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination Cover Image
ISBN: 9780816676484
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Published: University of Minnesota Press - October 20th, 2011

Between its founding in 1966 and its formal end in 1980, the Black Panther Party blazed a distinctive trail in American political culture. The Black Panthers are most often remembered for their revolutionary rhetoric and militant action. Here Alondra Nelson deftly recovers an indispensable but lesser-known aspect of the organization's broader struggle for social justice: health care.

Restoring the Mind of Black America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781934155615
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Published: African American Images - September 1st, 2011

With a premise that the African American mind continues to deal with the impact of slavery on many levels, this proactive discussion analyzes the effect of such mental strain on black culture and proposes a model for creating more African American leaders and empowering African American communities. Dr.

I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters Cover Image
ISBN: 9780872865785
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Published: City Lights Books - March 20th, 2012


Keep on Pushing: Black Power Music from Blues to Hip-Hop Cover Image
ISBN: 9781556528170
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Published: Lawrence Hill Books - July 1st, 2011

The marriage of music and social change didn t originate with the movements for civil rights and Black Power in the 1950s and 1960s, but never before and never again was the relationship between the two so dynamic.

I Dare to Say: African Women Share Their Stories of Hope and Survival Cover Image
By Hilda Twongyere (Editor)
ISBN: 9781569768426
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Published: Chicago Review Press - February 1st, 2012

A young woman at last finds love, only to discover, after the death of her baby and her man, that he was married, had eight children, and died of slim, or AIDS.A girl hides under a blanket in her dormitory while the Lord's Resistance Army, in search of child brides, pushes an armed child soldier through the window so they can take their pick of the terrified girls.Not long after her ritual genital

We Ain't What We Ought to Be: The Black Freedom Struggle from Emancipation to Obama Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674062290
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Published: Belknap Press - October 17th, 2011

In this exciting revisionist history, Stephen Tuck traces the black freedom struggle in all its diversity, from the first years of freedom during the Civil War to President Obama's inauguration.

African Americans Doing Feminism: Putting Theory Into Everyday Practice Cover Image
By Aaronette M. White (Editor)
ISBN: 9781438431420
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Published: State University of New York Press - May 4th, 2010

How might ordinary people apply feminist principles to everyday situations? How do feminist ideas affect the daily behaviors and decisions of those who seek to live out the basic idea that women are as fully human as men? This collection of essays uses concrete examples to illuminate the ways in which African Americans practice feminism on a day-to-day basis.

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679763888
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011

In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.

Savoring the Salt: The Legacy of Toni Cade Bambara Cover Image
By Linda J. Holmes (Editor), Cheryl A. Wall (Editor)
ISBN: 9781592136254
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Published: Temple University Press - December 28th, 2007

In 'Savouring Salt', a host of poets, scholars, writers, political activists, and filmmakers recall Toni Cade Bambara, a woman whose voice and vision played a vital role in shaping African American culture in the last quarter of the 20th century.

Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374531157
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - January 22nd, 2008

In Lose Your Mother, Saidiya Hartman traces the history of the Atlantic slave trade by recounting a journey she took along a slave route in Ghana. Following the trail of captives from the hinterland to the Atlantic coast, she reckons with the blank slate of her own genealogy and vividly dramatizes the effects of slavery on three centuries of African and African American history.

Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805083354
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Published: Owl Books (NY) - July 10th, 2007

"Once in a while a book comes along that projects the spirit of an era; this is one of them . . . Vibrant and expressive . . . A well-researched and well-written work." --The Philadelphia Inquirer

Home Girls Make Some Noise: Hip Hop Feminism Anthology Cover Image
ISBN: 9781600430107
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Published: Parker Publishing, LLC - January 29th, 2012

Home Girls Make Some Noise: Hip Hop Feminist Anthology seeks to complicate understandings of Hip-Hop as a male space by including and identifying the women who were always involved with the culture.

Mending the World: Stories of Family by Contemporary Black Writers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780465070633
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Published: Civitas Book Publisher - June 28th, 2006

The many facets of black family life have not always been fully visible in American literature. Black families have often been portrayed as chaotic, fractured, and emotionally devastated, and historians and sociologists are just beginning to acknowledge the resilience and strength of African American families through centuries of hardship.

Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781573441742
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Published: Cleis Press - July 10th, 2003

Bayard Rustin, the famed openly-gay African American organizer, introduced Martin Luther King, Jr. to the precepts of nonviolence during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, thereby launching the birth of the Civil Rights Movement in 1955. Widely acclaimed as a founding father of modern black protest, Rustin reached his pinnacle of notoriety in 1963 as organizer of the March on Washington.

Black Women for Beginners (For Beginners (For Beginners)) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781934389201
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Published: For Beginners - August 21st, 2007

There are over 519 million Black Women on the planet Earth, give or take a dozen. There's a Black Woman on each of the seven continents, in almost every country and in almost every context. There are even Black Women in the space program. So no matter where you go, she's already been there. She travels with forces greater than herself. Her presence is everywhere.

Black Power: Three Books from Exile: Black Power/The Color Curtain/And White, Man, Listen! (P.S.) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061449451
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 13th, 2013

Originally published in 1954, Richard Wright′s Black Power is an extraordinary nonfiction work by one of America′s premier literary giants of the twentieth century. An impassioned chronicle of the author′s trip to Africa′s Gold Coast before it became the free nation of Ghana, it speaks eloquently of empowerment and possibility, and resonates loudly to this day.

Betrayal: How Black Intellectuals Have Abandoned the Ideals of the Civil Rights Era Cover Image
ISBN: 9780231139649
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Published: Columbia University Press - March 3rd, 2008

Houston A. Baker Jr. condemns those black intellectuals who, he believes, have turned their backs on the tradition of racial activism in America.

The Womanist Reader: The First Quarter Century of Womanist Thought Cover Image
ISBN: 9780415954112
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Published: Routledge - September 1st, 2006

Comprehensive in its coverage, The Womanist Reader is the first volume to anthologize the major works of womanist scholarship.

Hip Hop Matters: Politics, Pop Culture, and the Struggle for the Soul of a Movement Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807009864
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Published: Beacon Press - August 1st, 2006

Avoiding the easy definitions and caricatures that tend to celebrate or condemn the "hip hop generation," Hip Hop Matters focuses on fierce and far-reaching battles being waged in politics, pop culture, and academe to assert control over the movement. At stake, Watkins argues, is the impact hip hop has on the lives of the young people who live and breathe the culture.

Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism (PB) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780415951500
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Published: Routledge - July 14th, 2005

In Black Sexual Politics, one of America's most influential writers on race and gender explores how images of Black sexuality have been used to maintain the color line and how they threaten to spread a new brand of racism around the world today.

All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown V. Board of Education Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393326864
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 1st, 2005

In what John Hope Franklin calls "an essential work" on race and affirmative action, Charles Ogletree, Jr., tells his personal story of growing up a "Brown baby" against a vivid pageant of historical characters that includes, among others, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King, Jr., Earl Warren, Anita Hill, Alan Bakke, and Clarence Thomas.

African Voices of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Beyond the Silence and the Shame Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807055137
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Published: Beacon Press - December 3rd, 2009

"A remarkable effort to present the slave trade from a perspective very different from what we are used to . . . People like Anne Bailey make us uncomfortable, which is all to the good." -Daniel Lazare, The Nation "It's an awful story. It's an awful story.

Paradox of Loyalty: An African American Response to the War on Terrorism Cover Image
ISBN: 9780883782453
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Published: Third World Press - January 1st, 2004

Gathers a number of writings on the 9/11 incident and the ensuing War on Terror.

Witnessing and Testifying Cover Image
ISBN: 9780800636036
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Published: Augsburg Fortress Publishing - January 1st, 2003

After a chapter exploring black women's religious context and presenting early examples of this work by women of the ante-bellum and post-Reconstruction eras, Ross looks at seven civil rights activists who continue this tradition. They are Ella Josephine Baker, Septima Poinsette Clark, Fannie Lou Hamer, Victoria Way DeLee, Clara Muhammad, Diane Nash, and Ruby Doris Smith Robinson.

Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro-American Writing Cover Image
By Amiri Baraka (Editor), Larry Neal (Editor)
ISBN: 9781574780390
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Published: Black Classic Press - March 1st, 2007

The defining work of the Black Arts Movement, Black Fire is at once a rich anthology and an extraordinary source document. Nearly 200 selections, including poetry, essays, short stories, and plays, from over 75 cultural critics, writers, and political leaders, capture the social and cultural turmoil of the 1960s.

The Thunder of Angels: The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the People Who Broke the Back of Jim Crow Cover Image
ISBN: 9781556526763
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Published: Chicago Review Press - April 1st, 2007

Presents the stories of heroism of those involved in the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott, which brought Dr Martin Luther King, Jr to prominence and improved the lives of all black Americans. This title includes a look at King's trial and an examination of how black and white lawyers worked together to overturn segregation in the courtroom.

Traps Cover Image
By Rudolph P. Byrd (Editor), Beverly Guy Sheftall (Editor)
ISBN: 9780253214485
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Published: Indiana University Press - November 9th, 2001

Traps is the first anthology of writing by nineteenth- and twentieth- century African American men on the overlapping categories of race, gender, and sexuality. The selections on gender in Parts I and II reveal what some may view as the unexpected commitment of African-American men to feminism along with critiques of the subordinate social, economic, and political position of Black women. Parts III and IV analyze the taboos and myths in which Black sexuality is enmeshed. These selections also stress the importance of rejecting homophobia and the need to contest the predominance of a heterosexual paradigm. Monolithic constructions of gender and sexuality, reinforced by sexism and historically sanctioned homophobia, are the "traps" that give this anthology its focus and its title.

Still Lifting, Still Climbing: African American Women's Contemporary Activism Cover Image
By Kimberly Springer (Editor)
ISBN: 9780814781258
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Published: New York University Press - August 1st, 1999

Still Lifting, Still Climbing is the first volume of its kind to document African American women's activism in the wake of the civil rights movement.