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Breathing Space
A Spiritual Journey in the South Bronx
Written by Heidi Neumark


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 10, 2004
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7257-8 (0-8070-7257-5)

Winner of a 2004 Wilbur Award

Breathing Space is the story of Heidi Neumark and the Hispanic and African-American Lutheran church-Transfiguration-that took a chance calling on a pastor from a starkly different background. Despite living and working in a milieu of overwhelming poverty and violence, Neumark and the congregation encounter even more... Read more >
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The Huey P. Newton Reader

Written by Huey P Newton
Edited by David Hilliard and Donald Weise
Foreword by Fredrika Newton


Format: Trade Paperback, 366 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 7, 2002
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-467-0 (1-58322-467-X)

The first comprehensive collection of writings by the Black Panther Party founder and revolutionary icon of the black liberation era, The Huey P. Newton Reader combines now-classic texts ranging in topic from the formation of the Black Panthers, African Americans and armed self-defense, Eldridge Cleaver’s controversial expulsion from the Party, FBI... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Mixed
My Life in Black and White
Written by Angela Nissel


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: January 30, 2006
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-48114-6 (0-345-48114-3)

“Love has no color,” insist Angela Nissel’s parents, but does it have a clue? In this candid, funny, and poignant memoir, Angela recounts growing up biracial in Philadelphia–moving back and forth between black inner-city schools and white prep schools–where her racial ambiguity and doomed attempts to blend in dog her teen... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Grace of Silence
A Family Memoir
Written by Michele Norris


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47527-5 (0-307-47527-1)

A profoundly moving and deeply personal memoir by the co-host of National Public Radio’s flagship program All Things Considered.

While exploring the hidden conversation on race unfolding throughout America in the wake of President Obama’s election, Michele Norris discovered that there were painful secrets within her own family that had been... Read more >

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The Grace of Silence
A Memoir
Written by Michele Norris


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37876-7 (0-307-37876-4)

In the wake of talk of a “post-racial America” upon the ascendance of Barack Obama as president of the United States, Michele Norris, host of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, set out, through original reporting, to write a book about “the hidden conversation on race” that is going on in... Read more >

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Half and Half
Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural
Written by Claudine C. O'Hearn


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: June 9, 1998
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70011-8 (0-375-70011-0)

As we approach the twenty-first century, biracialism and biculturalism are becoming increasingly common. Skin color and place of birth are no longer reliable signifiers of one's identity or origin. Simple questions like "What are you?" and "Where are you from?" aren't answered--they are discussed. These eighteen essays, joined by a shared... Read more >
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The Audacity of Hope
Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
Written by Barack Obama


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: October 17, 2006
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-23769-9 (0-307-23769-9)

Echoing themes he sounded in his extraordinary keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Senator Barack Obama speaks in this book to Americans of all stripes who are weary of
U.S. politics today, and who long for something rooted in the faith and decency of the American Dream.

In The... Read more >

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Dreams from My Father
A Story of Race and Inheritance
Written by Barack Obama


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-8277-3 (1-4000-8277-3)

Selected for Common Reading at LaGuardia Community College, Quinnipiac University, Southern Methodist University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Washington, Xavier University of Louisiana, and others.

In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches... Read more >

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Last Man Standing
The Tragedy and Triumph of Geronimo Pratt
Written by Jack Olsen


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 6, 2001
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49368-0 (0-385-49368-1)

Geronimo Pratt did not commit the murder for which he served twenty-seven nightmarish years. As a UCLA student, though, he had led the Los Angeles Chapter of the Black Panther Party, and became a target of the FBI. Here is the spellbinding saga of Pratt, his heroic lawyers, Johnnie Cochran and... Read more >

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Storming Caesar's Palace
How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty
Written by Annelise Orleck


Format: Trade Paperback, 376 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 1, 2006
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5031-6 (0-8070-5031-8)

In Storming Caesars Palace, historian Annelise Orleck tells the compelling story of how a group of welfare mothers built one of this country’s most successful antipoverty programs. Declaring “We can do it and do it better,” these women proved that poor mothers are the real experts on poverty. In 1972 they... Read more >
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Voices in the Mirror
An Autobiography
Written by Gordon Parks


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: September 20, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2212-8 (0-7679-2212-3)

Alone after his mother’s death, homeless in a Minnesota winter, young Gordon struggled to stay in school, working at menial jobs and riding streetcars all night to escape the cold. Refusing to succumb to despair, he instead transformed his anger at poverty and racism into a creative force and went on... Read more >

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Never Die Easy
The Autobiography of Walter Payton
Written by Walter Payton and Don Yaeger


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 11, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75821-8 (0-375-75821-6)

"Never die easy. Why run out of bounds and die easy? Make that linebacker pay. It carries into all facets of your life. It's okay to lose, to die, but don't die without trying, without giving it your best."

His legacy is towering. Walter Payton—the man they called Sweetness, for the... Read more >
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When Harlem Nearly Killed King
The 1958 Stabbing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Written by Hugh Pearson


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-614-8 (1-58322-614-1)

When Harlem Nearly Killed King spins the tale of a little-known episode in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. how, in 1958, King was stabbed by a deranged black woman in Harlem, and then saved by Harlem Hospital’s most acclaimed African-American surgeon, using a little known and difficult procedure.

Pearson... Read more >
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Quality Education as a Constitutional Right
Creating a Grassroots Movement to Transform Public Schools
Written by Theresa Perry, Robert P. Moses, Ernesto Cortes, Jr., Lisa Delpit and Joan T. Wynne


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 29, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3282-4 (0-8070-3282-4)

Legendary civil rights leader and education activist Robert Moses invited one hundred prominent African American and Latino intellectuals and activists to meet to discuss a proposal for a campaign to guarantee a quality education for all children as a constitutional right–a movement that would “transform current approaches to educational inequity, all... Read more >
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Young, Gifted, and Black
Promoting High Achievement among African-American Students
Written by Theresa Perry and Claude Steele
Edited by Asa Hilliard, III


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 2, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3105-6 (0-8070-3105-4)

Young, Gifted, and Black is a unique joint effort by three leading African-American scholars to radically reframe the debates swirling around the achievement of African-American students in school.

In three separate but allied essays, Theresa Perry, Claude Steele, and Asa Hilliard place students’ social identity as African-Americans at the very center of... Read more >

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The Atlantic Sound

Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70103-0 (0-375-70103-6)

In this fascinating inquiry into the African Diaspora, Caryl Phillips embarks on a soul-wrenching journey to the three major ports of the transatlantic slave trade.

Juxtaposing stories of the past with his own present-day experiences, Phillips combines his remarkable skills as a travel essayist with an astute understanding of history. From... Read more >
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Poor People's Movements
Why They Succeed, How They Fail
Written by Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward


Format: Trade Paperback, 408 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 12, 1978
Price: $11.16
ISBN: 978-0-394-72697-7 (0-394-72697-9)

The authors study four protest movements of lower-class groups in twentieth-century America—the mobilization of the unemployed during the Great Depression that gave rise to the Workers’ Alliance of America, the industrial strikes that resulted in the formation of the CIO, the Southern Civil Rights Movement, and the movement of welfare recipients... Read more >
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Wilt, 1962
The Night of 100 Points and the Dawn of a New Era
Written by Gary M. Pomerantz


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: February 28, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5161-8 (1-4000-5161-4)

On the night of March 2, 1962, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, right up the street from the chocolate factory, Wilt Chamberlain, a young and striking athlete celebrated as the Big Dipper, scored one hundred points in a game against the New York Knickerbockers.

As historic and revolutionary as the achievement was, it remains... Read more >

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Epic Journeys of Freedom
Runaway Slaves of the American Revolution and Their Global Quest for Liberty
Written by Cassandra Pybus


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 15, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5515-1 (0-8070-5515-8)

During the American Revolution, thousands of slaves fled from their masters to find freedom with the British. Having emancipated themselves--and with rhetoric about the inalienable rights of free men ringing in their ears--these men and women struggled tenaciously to make liberty a reality in their lives.

This alternative narrative includes the stories... Read more >
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The Book of Obama
From Hope and Change to the Age of Revolt
Written by Ted Rall


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-450-3 (1-60980-450-3)

How did a charismatic young president elected in an atmosphere of optimism and expectation lead the United States to the brink of revolution? From a chance encounter in the early 1980s to the Democratic primaries of 2007-08, syndicated columnist and political cartoonist Ted Rall was one of the first to size... Read more >
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Jackie Robinson
A Biography
Written by Arnold Rampersad


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 1, 1998
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-42655-0 (0-345-42655-X)

A 1998 Honor Book - Black Caucus-American Library Association
Choice Outstanding Academic Book


The extraordinary life of Jackie Robinson is illuminated as never before in this full-scale biography by Arnold Rampersad. Ramperstad was chosen by Jack's widow, Rachael, and was given unprecedented access to his private papers. We are brought closer than we... Read more >
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New Orleans Under Reconstruction

Written by Carol M. Reese, Michael Sorkin and Anthony Fontenot
Foreword by Mike Davis


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: May 27, 2014
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-272-2 (1-78168-272-0)

When the levees broke in August 2005 as a result of Hurricane Katrina, 80 percent of the city of New Orleans was flooded, with a loss of 134,000 homes and 986 lives. In particular, the devastation hit the vulnerable communities the hardest: the old, the poor and the African American. The... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Bridge
The Life and Rise of Barack Obama
Written by David Remnick


Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70230-3 (0-375-70230-X)

In this nuanced and complex portrait of Barack Obama, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Remnick offers a thorough, intricate, and riveting account of the unique experiences that shaped our nation’s first African American president.
 
Through extensive on-the-record interviews with friends and teachers, mentors and disparagers, family members and Obama himself, Remnick explores the... Read more >

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King of the World
Muhammed Ali and the Rise of an American Hero
Written by David Remnick


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 1999
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70229-7 (0-375-70229-6)

There were mythic sports figures before him--Jack Johnson, Babe Ruth, Joe Louis, Joe DiMaggio--but when Cassius Clay burst onto the sports scene from his native Louisville in the 1950s, he broke the mold. He changed the world of sports and went on to change the world itself. As Muhammad Ali, he... Read more >
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John Brown, Abolitionist
The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights
Written by David S. Reynolds


Format: Trade Paperback, 594 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 14, 2006
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72615-6 (0-375-72615-2)

An authoritative new examination of John Brown and his deep impact on American history.

Bancroft Prize-winning cultural historian David S. Reynolds presents an informative and richly considered new exploration of the paradox of a man steeped in the Bible but more than willing to kill for his abolitionist cause. Reynolds locates Brown... Read more >
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