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Beyond Glory
Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink
Written by David Margolick


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72619-4 (0-375-72619-5)

Nothing in the annals of sports has aroused more passion than the heavyweight fights in New York in 1936 and 1938 between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling—bouts that symbolized and galvanized the hopes, hatreds, and fears of a world moving toward total war.

David Margolick takes us into the careers of both... Read more >
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To a Young Jazz Musician
Letters from the Road
Written by Wynton Marsalis and Selwyn Seyfu Hinds


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7420-1 (0-8129-7420-4)

In To a Young Jazz Musician, the renowned jazz musician and Pulitzer Prize—winning composer Wynton Marsalis gives us an invaluable guide to making good music–and to leading a good life.
Writing from the road “between the bus ride, the sound check, and the gig,”

Marsalis passes on wisdom gained from experience, addressed... Read more >
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Makes Me Wanna Holler
A Young Black Man in America
Written by Nathan Mc Call


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 31, 1995
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74070-4 (0-679-74070-8)

In this autobiography Washington Post reporter McCall looks back on his journey from troubled youth to professional journalist and shows that the easy answers to why kids go wrong--poverty, terrible home life, lack of education--do not always apply. "The problems among us," he writes of acquaintances who ended up addicted, imprisoned... Read more >
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What's Going On

Written by Nathan Mc Call


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 29, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70150-4 (0-375-70150-8)

In What's Going On, McCall firmly establishes himself as a commentator for our times, drawing on personal experience and current events to deconstruct the social, cultural, and political tensions that, in clearly seen and not so obvious ways, affect us every day. With his trademark blend of honesty, originality, and insight... Read more >
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At the Dark End of the Street
Black Women, Rape, and Resistance--A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power
Written by Danielle L. McGuire


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38924-4 (0-307-38924-3)

Rosa Parks was often described as a sweet and reticent elderly woman whose tired feet caused her to defy segregation on Montgomery’s city buses, and whose supposedly solitary, spontaneous act sparked the 1955 bus boycott that gave birth to the civil rights movement.

The truth of who Rosa Parks was and... Read more >
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The Negro's Civil War
How American Blacks Felt and Acted During the War for the Union
Written by James M. McPherson


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3390-4 (1-4000-3390-X)

In this classic study, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James M. McPherson deftly narrates the experience of blacks--former slaves and soldiers, preachers, visionaries, doctors, intellectuals, and common people--during the Civil War. Drawing on contemporary journalism, speeches, books, and letters, he presents an eclectic chronicle of their fears and hopes as well as their... Read more >
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Voices in Our Blood
America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement
Written by Jon Meacham


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 7, 2003
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75881-2 (0-375-75881-X)

Voices in Our Blood is a literary anthology of the most important and artful interpretations of the civil rights movement, past and present. It showcases what forty of the nation's best writers—including Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, Alice Walker, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, and Richard... Read more >
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Driving While Black
Highways, Shopping Malls, Taxi Cabs, Sidewalks: How to Fight Back if You Are a Victim of Racial Profiling
Written by Kenneth Meeks


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 16, 2000
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0549-7 (0-7679-0549-0)

An exposè on one of the most controversial, and relevant, topics in race relations within American society today. Driving While Black examines racial profiling in all situations, from the police officer who pulls over black drivers to a store clerk who suspiciously eyes his black patrons. The book not only delves... Read more >
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The Power of Their Ideas
Lessons for America from a Small School in Harlem
Written by Deborah Meier


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 16, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3113-1 (0-8070-3113-5)

Teaching the lessons of New York’s most famous public school, Deborah Meier provides a widely acclaimed vision for the future of public education. With a new preface reflecting on the school’s continuing success.

“The founder and principal of excellent small schools in East Harlem . . . Meier wants to make... Read more >
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The Protest Psychosis
How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease
Written by Jonathan M. Metzl


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 12, 2011
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0127-1 (0-8070-0127-9)

A powerful account of how cultural anxieties about race shaped American notions of mental illness

The civil rights era is largely remembered as a time of sit-ins, boycotts, and riots. But a very different civil rights history evolved at the Ionia State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Ionia, Michigan. In... Read more >
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No Free Ride
From the Mean Streets to the Mainstream
Written by Kweisi Mfume and Ronald Stodghill, II


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: May 6, 1997
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-41364-2 (0-345-41364-4)

Kweisi Mfume's story is a classic  American saga. Thrust upon the gritty streets of Baltimore, he once seemed destined to become another statistic of black urban pathology. After a life-altering moment of revelation, Mfume embarked on a journey that led from a night GED course to college and eventually to public office... Read more >

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Racing While Black
How an African-American Stock Car Team Made Its Mark on NASCAR
Written by Leonard T. Miller
Contribution by Andrew Simon
Foreword by Kenneth L. Shropshire


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: February 2, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-896-8 (1-58322-896-9)

Starting a NASCAR team is hard work. Starting a NASCAR team as an African American is even harder. These are just a few of the lessons learned by Leonard T. Miller during his decade and a half of running an auto racing program. Fueled by more than the desire to win... Read more >
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Arguing about Slavery
John Quincy Adams and the Great Battle in the United States Congress
Written by William Lee Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1998
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76844-9 (0-679-76844-0)

In the 1830s slavery was so deeply entrenched that it could not even be discussed in Congress, which had enacted a "gag rule" to ensure that anti-slavery petitions would be summarily rejected. This stirring book chronicles the parliamentary battle to bring "the peculiar institution" into the national debate, a battle that... Read more >

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Beneath the Underdog
His World as Composed by Mingus
Written by Charles Mingus


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 3, 1991
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73761-2 (0-679-73761-8)

Bass player extraordinaire Charles Mingus, who died in 1979, is one of the essential composers in the history of jazz, and Beneath the Underdog, his celebrated, wild, funny, demonic, anguished, shocking, and profoundly moving memoir, is the greatest autobiography ever written by a jazz musician. It tells of his God-haunted childhood... Read more >

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The Birth of African-American Culture
An Anthropological Perspective
Written by Sidney Wilfred Mintz


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 1, 1992
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0917-8 (0-8070-0917-2)

This compelling look at the wellsprings of cultural vitality during one of the most dehumanizing experiences in history provides a fresh perspective on the African-American past.

“A classic. The most cogent and detailed attempt to think through what acculturation of Africans in the Americas was like.” -Albert J. Raboteau Read more >
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Coming of Age in Mississippi

Written by Anne Moody


Format: Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: January 4, 1992
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-440-31488-2 (0-440-31488-7)

A widely hailed and adopted social and historical commentary, this contemporary classic is the autobiography of a young black girl growing up in the Deep South. Moody details the sights, smells, and suffering of growing up in a racist society and candidly reveals the soul of the black girl who had... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Other Wes Moore
One Name, Two Fates
Written by Wes Moore


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52820-7 (0-385-52820-5)

Winner, 2011 BCALA (Black Caucus of ALA) Literary Award, Nonfiction
A 2011 Booklist Top 10 Black History Nonfiction Book


Selected for Common Reading at:
Colleges & Universities
Bay Path College (Springfield, MA)
Becker College (Worcester, MA)
Berry College (Mount Berry, GA)
Brookhaven College (Farmers Branch, TX)
Bunker Hill Community College (Boston, MA)
Cabrini College (Radnor, PA)
California State University at... Read more >

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The Other Wes Moore
One Name, Two Fates
Written by Wes Moore


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52819-1 (0-385-52819-1)

Selected for Common Reading at:
Colleges & Universities
Bay Path College (Springfield, MA)
Cabrini College (Radnor, PA)
California State University at Bakersfield (Bakersfield, CA)
One City/One Book
Everybody Reads (Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR)
One Book, One Bakersfield (Bakersfield, CA)


Two boys with the same name lived in the same decaying city. One went on to... Read more >

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Snow-Storm in August
The Struggle for American Freedom and Washington's Race Riot of 1835
Written by Jefferson Morley


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47748-4 (0-307-47748-7)

In 1835, the city of Washington simmered with racial tension as newly freed African Americans from the South poured in, outnumbering slaves for the first time. Among the enslaved was nineteen-year-old Arthur Bowen, who stumbled home drunkenly one night, picked up an axe, and threatened his owner, respected socialite Anna Thornton... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Snow-Storm in August
Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the Forgotten Race Riot of 1835
Written by Jefferson Morley


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: July 3, 2012
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53337-9 (0-385-53337-3)

How the 19th Century struggle against slavery erupted in Washington DC, thrusting the ambitious District Attorney Francis Scott Key into a uniquely American battle for justice.

In 1835, the city of Washington pulsed with change. As newly freed African Americans from the South poured in, free blacks outnumbered slaves for the first... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Birth of a Nation'hood
Gaze, Script, and Spectacle in the O. J. Simpson Case
Written by Toni Morrison


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 4, 1997
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75893-8 (0-679-75893-3)

Co-edited and introduced by Toni Morrison, Birth of a Nation'hood illuminates one of the grimmest--and most revealing--moments of recent American history: the O.J. Simpson case. As they relate to the scandal, the issues of race, sex, violence, money, and the media are refracted through the lens of twelve powerful essays, specially... Read more >
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Race-ing Justice, En-gendering Power
Essays on Anita Hill,Clarence Thomas & Constru
Written by Toni Morrison


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: October 6, 1992
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74145-9 (0-679-74145-3)

Morrison brings together eighteen provocative essays, all but one written especially for this book, by prominent and distinguished academics--black and white, male and female--that discuss the historical, political, cultural, psychological, legal, sexual, and linguistic ramifications of the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill affairs. With an Introduction by Toni Morrison.  

Contents

Introduction by Toni Morrison: Friday... Read more >

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Radical Equations
Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project
Written by Robert Moses and Charles E. Cobb


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 1, 2002
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3127-8 (0-8070-3127-5)

At a time when popular solutions to the educational plight of poor children of color are imposed from the outside-national standards, high-stakes tests, charismatic individual saviors-the acclaimed Algebra Project and its founder, Robert Moses, offer a vision of school reform based in the power of communities. Begun in 1982, the Algebra... Read more >

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Crossing the Danger Water
Three Hundred Years of African-American Writing
Written by Deirdre Mullane


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 1, 1993
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-42243-7 (0-385-42243-1)

This comprehensive anthology of African American writing has become a campus classic. Arranged chronologically, it contains poetry, prose, speeches, songs, documents, and letters from the pre-Colonial era through the Clarence Thomas hearings, rap music, and the L.A. riots. The selections offer a wide variety of voices and themes, and can be... Read more >

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Santeria
African Spirits in America
Written by Joseph M. Murphy


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 1993
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1021-1 (0-8070-1021-9)

Santería represents the first in-depth, scholarly account of a profound way of wisdom that is growing in importance in America today. A professional academic and himself a participant in the Santería community of the Bronx for several years, Joseph Murphy offers a powerful description and insightful analysis of this African/Cuban religion... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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