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Like One of the Family
Conversations from a Domestic's Life
Written by Alice Childress
Introduction by Trudier Harris


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 31, 1986
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0903-1 (0-8070-0903-2)

*Suggested Fiction Reading for Fans of The Help - Association of Black Women Historians

Like One of the Family
, which provides historical context for Kathryn Stockett’s novel, The Help, is comprised of a series of conversations between Mildred, a black domestic, and her friend Marge. They create a vibrant picture of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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I Don't Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine
Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup
Written by David Chura


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 22, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0123-3 (0-8070-0123-6)

Selected as a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Rated O - Outstanding

A veteran teacher gives an “inside” view of the lives of juveniles sentenced as adults

David Chura taught high school in a New York county penitentiary for ten years—five days a week, seven hours a day. In... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Living In, Living Out
African American Domestics in Washington, D.C., 1910-1940
Written by Elizabeth Clark-Lewis


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-286-7 (1-58834-286-7)

This oral history portrays the lives of African American women who migrated from the rural South to work as domestic servants in Washington, DC in the early decades of the twentieth century. In Living In, Living Out, Elizabeth Clark-Lewis narrates the personal experiences of eighty-one women who worked for wealthy white... Read more >

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Beyond the Burning Cross
A Landmark Case of Race, Censorship, and the First Amendment
Written by Edward J. Cleary


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 26, 1995
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74703-1 (0-679-74703-6)

Does our abhorrence of racism allow us to ban certain forms of speech? This is the simple yet subversive question that Edward J. Cleary posed to the U.S. Supreme Court when, in 1991, he defended a white teenager who had burned a cross on a black family's lawn in St. Paul... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Soul on Ice

Written by Eldridge Cleaver


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: January 12, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33379-5 (0-385-33379-X)

Originally published in 1968, Soul on Ice shocked, outraged, and ultimately challenged the way America saw the Civil Rights movement and the Black experience. Today this book remains a testament to Eldridge Cleaver's intelligence, insightfulness, and place in American history. Written while the former Black Panther Minister of Information was in... Read more >

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The Plantation Mistress

Written by Catherine Clinton


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 12, 1984
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72253-5 (0-394-72253-1)

This pioneering study of the much-mythologized Southern belle offers the first serious look at the lives of white women and their harsh and restricted place in the slave society before the Civil War.  Drawing on the diaries, letters, and memoirs of hundreds of planter wives and daughters, Clinton sets before us in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gender Talk
The Struggle For Women's Equality in African American Communities
Written by Johnnetta B. Cole and Beverly Guy-Sheftall


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: December 30, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45413-3 (0-345-45413-8)

"...a cogent history of black feminist struggles and debates up until now."
The Women's Review of Books

Two of America’s leading African-American intellectuals provide the most comprehensive critique to date of the state of relations between Black men and women. Dr. Johnetta Cole and Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall argue that, in the 21st century,... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Jesus, Jobs, and Justice
African American Women and Religion
Written by Bettye Collier-Thomas


Format: Hardcover, 736 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 2, 2010
Price: $37.50
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4420-7 (1-4000-4420-0)

Winner of the 2011 Darlene Clark Hine Award
Winner of the National Women's Political Caucus 2010 Exceptional Merit in Media Award



“The Negroes must have Jesus, Jobs, and Justice,” declared Nannie Helen Burroughs, a nationally known figure among black and white leaders and an architect of the Woman’s Convention of the National Baptist... Read more >
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Another Kind of Public Education
Race, Schools, the Media, and Democratic Possibilities
Written by Patricia Hill Collins


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2010
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0025-0 (0-8070-0025-6)

One of America’s most distinguished scholars of race shows us how public education needs to be seen in the light of the influence of “color-blind racism as a system of power.” Drawing examples from schools, media, and the workplace, Collins gives us a book of social analysis that is also an... Read more >

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The All-American Skin Game, or Decoy of Race
The Long and the Short of It, 1990-1994
Written by Stanley Crouch


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 14, 1997
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77660-4 (0-679-77660-5)

In this brilliant collection of speeches, essays, and reviews, Crouch brings his vigorous, combative intellect to bear on everything from gangsta rap and the tribalism of minority politics to feminism and African-American literature. Whether he is comparing the U.S. Constitution to an extended blues improvisation, analyzing the implications of The Bell... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Always in Pursuit
Fresh American Perspectives
Written by Stanley Crouch


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 16, 1999
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70168-9 (0-375-70168-0)

Here is a brilliant new collection of essays on the sublime and the ridiculous in contemporary American culture and society, by one of the most important and compelling social commentators at work today.

"Fearless and engaging, a virtuoso at bringing the drive of natural speech into social criticism, Stanley Crouch transcends our... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fight the Power
Rap, Race, and Reality
Written by Chuck D, Yusuf Jah and Spike Lee


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: September 8, 1998
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31873-0 (0-385-31873-1)

Fight the Power examines a multitude of complex social, racial and artistic issues.

Frontman for the politically-minded, and commercially successful, rap group Public Enemy, rapper Chuck D discusses the role of heroes and role models in the black community, Hollywood's negative images of blacks, the effect of gangsta rap, its images... Read more >

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Racial Healing
Confronting the Fear Between Blacks & Whites
Written by Harlon Dalton


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 1, 1996
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47517-4 (0-385-47517-9)

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Going against conventional wisdom, Dalton asserts that blacks and whites need not live estranged, and offers concrete proposals for what individual blacks and whites must do to bring about racial healing. When discussing race, Dalton suggests that blacks and whites "should simply... Read more >

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The Black Body

Edited by Meri Nana-Ama Danquah


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-889-0 (1-58322-889-6)

What does it mean to have, or to love, a black body? Taking on the challenge of interpreting the black body’s dramatic role in American culture are thirty black, white, and biracial contributors–award-winning actors, artists, writers, and comedians–including voices as varied as President Obama’s inaugural poet Elizabeth Alexander, actor and bestselling... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Butterfly's Way
Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States
Written by Edwidge Danticat


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: July 1, 2003
Price: $16.50
ISBN: 978-1-56947-218-7 (1-56947-218-1)

In four sections–Childhood, Migration, First Generation, and Return–the contributors to this anthology write powerfully, often hauntingly, of their lives in Haiti and the United States. Jean-Robert Cadet’s description of his Haitian childhood as a restavec–a child slave–in Port-au-Prince contrasts with Dany Laferriere’s account of a ten-year-old boy and his beloved grandmother... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Blues Legacies and Black Feminism
Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday
Written by Angela Y. Davis


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 26, 1999
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77126-5 (0-679-77126-3)

Angela Davis gives us a new, radically transforming interpretation of the lives and music of three of the greatest singers of the 20th century. She uses the biographies, careers, and performances of recorded songs by Bessie Smith, "Ma" Rainey, and Billie Holiday--the African-American women who dominated American popular music between 1910... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Women, Culture & Politics

Written by Angela Y. Davis


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 19, 1990
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72487-2 (0-679-72487-7)

This collection of Davis's speeches and writings addresses the political and social changes of the past decade as they are concerned with the struggle for racial, sexual, and economic equality.

"The work of the political activist inevitably involves a certain tension between the requirement that positions be taken on current issues... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Women, Race, & Class

Written by Angela Y. Davis


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1983
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-71351-9 (0-394-71351-6)

A powerful, documented study of the women's movement in the United States. Recounts time from abolitionist days to the present that demonstrates how the movement has always been hampered by the racist and classicist biases of its leaders.

"A historical study of how the three themes of the title became entangled in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Living and Dying in Brick City
Stories from the Front Lines of an Inner-City E.R.
Written by Sampson Davis and Lisa Frazier Page


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8234-3 (0-8129-8234-7)

A riveting personal exploration of the healthcare crisis facing inner-city communities, written by an emergency room physician who grew up in the very neighborhood he is now serving

Sampson Davis is best known as one of three friends from inner-city Newark who made a pact in high school to become doctors. Their... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Living and Dying in Brick City
An E.R. Doctor Returns Home
Written by Sampson Davis and Lisa Frazier Page


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6994-1 (1-4000-6994-7)

THE PAPERBACK EDITION OF THIS BOOK WILL BE AVAILABLE ON FEB. 4, 2014.

***Sampson Davis is available for FREE classroom Skype visits. Details here: ow.ly/olwhF


A riveting personal exploration of the healthcare crisis facing inner-city communities, written by an emergency room physician who grew up in the very neighborhood he is now serving

Sampson... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Living to Tell About It
Young Black Men in America Speak
Written by Darrell Dawsey


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 20, 1997
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47314-9 (0-385-47314-1)

The statistics about young black men are familiar; homicide is their #1 killer, one fourth are in jail, on parole or probation, and theirs rates of unemployment, teen fatherhood, educational drop-out-and death-exceed those of any other demographic group. Moreover, in the public mind, even those who don't bear out the grim... Read more >

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Blake
or; The Huts of America
Written by Martin R. Delany


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 1971
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6419-1 (0-8070-6419-X)

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Having Our Say
The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years
Written by Sarah L. Delany, A. Elizabeth Delany and Amy Hill Hearth


Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: September 1, 1994
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-440-22042-8 (0-440-22042-4)

The Delany sisters speak their mind in a book that is at once a vital historical record and a moving portrait of two remarkable women who continued to love, laugh, and embrace life after over a hundred years of living side by side.

Their sharp memories reveal the post-Reconstruction South and... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Gather at the Table
The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade
Written by Thomas Norman DeWolf and Sharon Morgan


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1444-8 (0-8070-1444-3)

Two people–a black woman and a white man–confront the legacy of slavery and racism head-on

Thomas DeWolf–a descendent of slaveholders–and Sharon Morgan–a descendent of slaves–come together to openly discuss how the legacy of slavery and racism has impacted their lives. Together, they disclose the various difficulties and rewards they experience... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Gather at the Table
The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade
Written by Thomas Norman DeWolf and Sharon Morgan


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 9, 2012
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1441-7 (0-8070-1441-9)

Two people–a black woman and a white man–confront the legacy of slavery and racism head-on

Thomas DeWolf–a descendent of slaveholders–and Sharon Morgan–a descendent of slaves–come together to openly discuss how the legacy of slavery and racism has impacted their lives. Together, they disclose the various difficulties and rewards they experience... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.
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