New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

June 25, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Jackson, 1964 : and other dispatches from fifty years of reporting on race in America

June 24, 2016
Trillin, Calvin, author.
New York : Random House, [2016]
xxi, 275 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction -- Jackson, 1964 (JACKSON, MS, 1964) -- The Zulus (NEW ORLEANS, LA, 1964) -- During the thirty-third week of National Guard patrols (WILMINGTON, DE, 1968) -- A hearing : "In the matter of disciplinary action involving certain students of Wisconsin State University Oshkosh" (OSHKOSH, WI, 1968) -- Doing the right thing isn't always easy (DENVER, CO, 1969) -- Categories (PROVO, UT, 1970) -- G.T. Miller's plan (LUVERNE, AL, 1970) -- Not super-outrageous (HOUSTON, TX, 1970) -- Victoria Delee : in her own words (DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC, 1971) -- Kawaida (NEWARK, NJ, 1972) -- Causes and circumstances (SEATTLE, WA, 1975) -- The unpleasantness at Whimsey's (BOSTON, MA, 1976) -- Remembrance of moderates past (1977) -- Black or white Louisiana (1986) -- The color of blood (LONG ISLAND, NY, 2008) -- State secrets (MISSISSIPPI, 1995).
An anthology of previously uncollected essays, originally published in "The New Yorker," reflects the work of the eminent journalist's early career and traces his witness to the fledgling years of desegregation in Georgia.

83 minutes : the doctor, the damage, and the shocking death of Michael Jackson

June 22, 2016
Richards, Matt, 1967- author.
426 pages ; 24 cm
Reprint. Originally published: London : Blink Publishing, 2015.
"For the first time, readers have access to [an] ... account of the crucial moments leading up to Jackson's demise. Drawing on court documents and testimonials, [the book] presents a multi-perspective tracking of every individual involved and the part they played as the tragedy unfolded, examining forensically the mystery of the 83 minutes that elapsed from the moment Dr. Murray suggested he found Jackson not breathing to the moment the singer's lifeless body was wheeled into hospital"--Dust jacket flap.

Invisible man, got the whole world watching : a young black man's education

June 17, 2016
Smith, Mychal Denzel, 1986- author.
New York : Nation Books, [2016]
224 pages ; 22 cm
"A prominent journalist and contributing writer to The Nation magazine describes his education and the experiences of black masculinity against a backdrop of the Obama administration, the death of Trayvon Martin, the career of LeBron James and other pivotal influences that have shaped race relations in today's America,"--NoveList.

Walking with the muses : a memoir

June 13, 2016
Cleveland, Pat, author.
New York : 37 INK, 2016.
xi, 336 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
An "account of the international adventures of fashion model Pat Cleveland--one of the first black supermodels during the wild sixties and seventies"

White rage : the unspoken truth of our racial divide

June 8, 2016
Anderson, Carol (Carol Elaine)
New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2016.
246 pages ; 24 cm
Prologue: Kindling -- Reconstructing reconstruction -- Derailing the Great Migration -- Burning Brown to the ground -- Rolling back civil rights -- How to unelect a black President -- Epilogue: Imagine.
"As Ferguson, Missouri, erupted in August 2014, and media commentators across the ideological spectrum referred to the angry response of African Americans as 'black rage,' historian Carol Anderson wrote a remarkable op-ed in the Washington Post showing that this was, instead, 'white rage at work. With so much attention on the flames,' she writes, 'everyone had ignored the kindling.' Since 1865 and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, every time African Americans have made advances towards full participation in our democracy, white reaction has fueled a deliberate and relentless rollback of their gains. The end of the Civil War and Reconstruction was greeted with the Black Codes and Jim Crow; the Supreme Court's landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision was met with the shutting down of public schools throughout the South while taxpayer dollars financed segregated white private schools; the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 triggered a coded but powerful response, the so-called Southern Strategy and the War on Drugs that disenfranchised millions of African Americans while propelling presidents Nixon and Reagan into the White House. Carefully linking these and other historical flashpoints when social progress for African Americans was countered by deliberate and cleverly crafted opposition, Anderson pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of protecting democracy, fiscal responsibility, or protection against fraud, rendering visible the long lineage of white rage. Compelling and dramatic in the unimpeachable history it relates, White Rage will add an important new dimension to the national conversation about race in America"-- Provided by publisher.

Tell the truth & shame the devil : the life, legacy, and love of my son Michael Brown

June 7, 2016
McSpadden, Lezley, author.
New York : Regan Arts, 2016.
xvi, 254 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
Illustration on front endpaper.
"When Michael Orlandus Darrion Brown was born, he was adored and doted on by his aunts, uncles, grandparents, his father, and most of all by his sixteen-year-old mother, who nicknamed him Mike Mike. Lezley McSpadden never imagined that her son's name would inspire the resounding chants of protestors in Ferguson, Missouri. In Tell the truth & shame the devil, McSpadden picks up the pieces of the tragedy that shook her life and the country to its core, and reveals the unforgettable story of her life, her son, and their truth." -- From dustjacket.

Jackie Robinson : an integrated life

June 6, 2016
Schutz, J. Christopher, author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
vii, 175 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Before the legend: the young Robinson -- Freedom fighter -- The world of black baseball -- "A badge of martyrdom": Robinson's entry into white baseball -- The great experiment: Robinson ascends to the major leagues -- "To be Jackie Robinson": his further years in the majors, 1949-1956 -- Robinson off the diamond -- Early sunset on a legend.

African American writing : a literary approach

May 19, 2016
Sollors, Werner.
Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2016.
viii, 281 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm


May 17, 2016
Shaheed, Margie, author.
New England, USA : Hidden Charm Press, [2015]
65 pages ; 22 cm
"In this collection, the neighborhood bar is an adult playground. The metaphor is extended by a motif which includes children's rhymes, references to toys and games, and allusions to children's stories and characters. Some poems contain dialogue; thus, Black vernacular is maintained where necessary. The language is gritty in spots, and sometimes profane, but always life-affirming."--Page [4] of cover.

Black gods of the asphalt : religion, hip-hop, and street basketball

May 11, 2016
Woodbine, Onaje X. O.
New York : Columbia University Press, [2016]
xviii, 204 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

I need a day to pray

May 5, 2016
Campbell, Tina, author.
Woodland Hills, CA : Gee Tree Creative, [2015]
xviii, 97 pages ; 22 cm
The Grammy-winning gospel singer, wife, and mother offers her insights on prayer and the faith that has helped her through life's most overwhelming challenges.

Bind us apart : how enlightened Americans invented racial segregation

May 5, 2016
Guyatt, Nicholas, 1973- author.
New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2016]
xii, 403 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
The prehistory of "separate but equal" -- Degradation. Becoming good citizens ; A few bad men ; Correcting ill habits ; One nation only -- Amalgamation. To the middle ground ; We shall all be Americans ; The practical amalgamator -- Colonization. Of color and country ; The choice ; Opening the road ; In these deserts -- An enterprise for the young.
"Why did the Founding Fathers fail to include blacks and Indians in their cherished proposition that "all men are created equal"? Racism is the usual answer. Yet Nicholas Guyatt argues in Bind Us Apart that white liberals from the founding to the Civil War were not confident racists, but tortured reformers conscious of the damage that racism would do to the nation. Many tried to build a multiracial America in the early nineteenth century, but ultimately adopted the belief that non-whites should create their own republics elsewhere: in an Indian state in the West, or a colony for free blacks in Liberia. Herein lie the origins of "separate but equal." Essential reading for anyone hoping to understand today's racial tensions, Bind Us Apart reveals why racial justice in the United States continues to be an elusive goal: despite our best efforts, we have never been able to imagine a fully inclusive, multiracial society."-- Provided by publisher.


May 2, 2016
Ipswich, Massachusetts : Salem Press, a division of EBSCO Information Services, Inc. ; Amenia, NY : Grey House Publishing, [2015]
x, 260 pages ; 24 cm.
About this volume / Maureen N. Eke -- Mapping Toni Morrison's Beloved : of love, history, trauma, and healing / Maureen N. Eke -- Biography of Toni Morrison / Maureen N. Eke -- Margaret Garner, rememory, and the infinite past : history in Beloved / Kristine Yohe -- Toni Morrison's paradoxical novel : thirty years of critical reception / Touria Khannous -- Black feminist literary criticism and feminist archetypal theory : exploring connections in Beloved / Anne Herbert -- "Not if you are scared they ain't" : escaping the white masculine in Beloved / Herman Beavers -- Slavery in Toni Morrison's Beloved / Joseph McLaren -- A gathering of trees : an examination of memory, trauma, and embodiment in Toni Morrison's Beloved / Kokahvah Zauditu-Selassie -- "You may as well just come on" : African American healing ways in Toni Morrison's Beloved / Sarah L. Berry -- "Unspeakable things unspoken" : prophetic utterances in Toni Morrison's Beloved / Khalilah T. Watson -- The psychological impact of slavery and separation in Beloved / Lynne Simpson -- Adoption and persuasion : raising and reckoning with Beloved / Sandy Alexandre -- Supernatural elements in Toni Morrison's Beloved / Blessing Diala-Ogamba -- Exploring the LIST paradigm : reading and teaching Beloved / Durthy A. Washington -- Literary analysis of Toni Morrison's Beloved : an introduction for students / Nicole M. Coonradt -- Chronology of Toni Morrison's life -- Works by Toni Morrison -- Bibliography -- About the editor -- Contributor -- Index.

Blowin' up : rap dreams in South Central

April 14, 2016
Lee, Jooyoung, 1980- author.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2016.
xiii, 276 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Preface: Down Crenshaw Boulevard -- Introduction: rap dreams and existential urgency -- Becoming rappers -- Growing up in gangland -- Masters of ceremony -- Freestyle -- Battle -- Trying to blow up -- Cautionary tales -- Almost famous -- Ditching the day job -- Gang violence and dreams derailed -- Conclusion: nurturing the creative lives of young black men -- Shout outs -- Methods appendix: videos in ethnography.

Mounting frustration : the art museum in the age of Black power

April 8, 2016
Cahan, Susan, author.
xvi, 344 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 26 cm.
Electronic refractions II at the Studio Museum in Harlem -- Harlem on my mind at the Metropolitan Museum of Art -- Contemporary Black artists in America at the Whitney Museum of American Art -- Romare Bearden : the prevalence of ritual and the sculpture of Richard Hunt at the Museum of Modern Art.
"Prior to 1967 fewer than a dozen museum exhibitions had featured the work of African American artists. And by the time the civil rights movement reached the American art museum, it had already crested: the first public demonstrations to integrate museums occurred in late 1968, twenty years after the desegregation of the military and fourteen years after the Brown vs. Board of Education decision. In Mounting Frustration Susan E. Cahan investigates the strategies African American artists and museum professionals employed as they wrangled over access to and the direction of New York City's elite museums. Drawing on numerous interviews with artists and analyses of internal museum documents, Cahan gives a detailed and at times surprising picture of the institutional and social forces that both drove and inhibited racial justice in New York's museums. Cahan focuses on high-profile and wildly contested exhibitions that attempted to integrate African American culture and art into museums, each of which ignited debate, dissension, and protest. The Metropolitan Museum's 1969 exhibition Harlem on My Mind was supposed to represent the neighborhood, but it failed to include the work of the black artists living and working there. While the Whitney's 1971 exhibition Contemporary Black Artists in America featured black artists, it was heavily criticized for being haphazard and not representative. The Whitney show revealed the consequences of museums' failure to hire African American curators, or even white curators who possessed knowledge of black art. Cahan also recounts the long history of the Museum of Modern Art's institutional ambivalence toward contemporary artists of color, which reached its zenith in its 1984 exhibition "Primitivism" in Twentieth Century Art. Representing modern art as a white European and American creation that was influenced by the "primitive" art of people of color, the show only served to further devalue and cordon off African American art. In addressing the racial politics of New York's art world, Cahan shows how aesthetic ideas reflected the underlying structural racism and inequalities that African American artists faced. These inequalities are still felt in America's museums, as many fundamental racial hierarchies remain intact: art by people of color is still often shown in marginal spaces; one-person exhibitions are the preferred method of showing the work of minority artists, as they provide curators a way to avoid engaging with the problems of complicated, interlocking histories; and whiteness is still often viewed as the norm. The ongoing process of integrating museums, Cahan demonstrates, is far broader than overcoming past exclusions." -- Publisher's description

The South Side : a portrait of Chicago and American segregation

April 1, 2016
Moore, Natalie Y., author.
xii, 250 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
A legacy threatened -- Jim Crow in Chicago -- A dream deferred -- Notes from a Black gentrifer -- Separate and still unequal -- Kale Is the new collard -- We are not Chiraq -- Searching for Harold -- Sweet home Chicago.
"Mayors Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel have touted and promoted Chicago as a "world class city." The skyscrapers kissing the clouds, the billion-dollar Millennium Park, Michelin-rated restaurants, pristine lake views, fabulous shopping, vibrant theater scene, downtown flower beds and stellar architecture tell one story. Yet, swept under the rug is the stench of segregation that compromises Chicago. The Manhattan Institute dubs Chicago as one of the most segregated big cities in the country. Though other cities - including Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Baltimore - can fight over that mantle, it's clear that segregation defines Chicago. And unlike many other major U.S. cities, no one race dominates. Chicago is divided equally into black, white, and Latino, each group clustered in their various turfs. In this intelligent and highly important narrative, Chicago-native Natalie Moore shines a light on contemporary segregation on the South Side of Chicago through reported essays, showing the life of these communities through the stories of people who live in them. The South Side shows the important impact of Chicago's historic segregation - and the ongoing policies that keep it that way"-- Provided by publisher.

Pushout : the criminalization of Black girls in schools

March 25, 2016
Morris, Monique W., 1972- author.
New York : The New Press, [2016]
277 pages ; 22 cm
"Fifteen-year-old Diamond stopped going to school the day she was expelled for lashing out at peers who constantly harassed and teased her for something everyone on the staff had missed: she was being trafficked for sex. After months on the run, she was arrested and sent to a detention center for violating a court order to attend school. Black girls represent 16 percent of female students but almost half of all girls with a school-related arrest. The first trade book to tell these untold stories, Pushout exposes a world of confined potential and supports the growing movement to address the policies, practices, and cultural illiteracy that push countless students out of school and into unhealthy, unstable, and often unsafe futures. For four years Monique W. Morris, author of Black Stats, chronicled the experiences of black girls across the country whose intricate lives are misunderstood, highly judged-by teachers, administrators, and the justice system-and degraded by the very institutions charged with helping them flourish. Morris shows how, despite obstacles, stigmas, stereotypes, and despair, black girls still find ways to breathe remarkable dignity into their lives in classrooms, juvenile facilities, and beyond. "-- Provided by publisher.

Virginia slave births index, 1853-1865

March 24, 2016
Westminster, Md. : Heritage Books, 2007-<2014>
v. ; 22 cm.
Transcribed and extracted from the "Birth index of slaves, 1853-1865," a project undertaken by the Works Project Administration (WPA), currently available on microfilm at the Local History/Special Collections, Alexandria Library (#00079).
v. 1. A-C -- v. 2. D-G -- v. 3. H-L -- v. 4. M-R -- v. 5. S-Z -- v. 6. Geographic supplement.

The last lynching : how a gruesome mass murder rocked a small Georgia town

March 24, 2016
Pitch, Anthony, author.
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2016]
xxii, 214 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

Greatness in the shadows : Larry Doby and the integration of the American League

March 24, 2016
Branson, Douglas M., author.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2016]
xiii, 299 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

Negroes and the gun : the Black tradition of arms

March 18, 2016
Johnson, Nicholas, 1959-
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, [2014]
379 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Boundary-land -- Foundation -- Promise and breach -- Nadir -- Crisis -- Leonidas -- Freedom fight -- Pivot -- The Black tradition of arms and the modern orthodoxy.
"Chronicling the underappreciated Black tradition of bearing arms for self-defense, law professor Nicholas Johnson presents an array of examples reaching back to the pre-Civil War era that demonstrate a willingness of African American men and women to use firearms when necessary to defend their families and communities. From Frederick Douglass's advice to keep "a good revolver" handy as defense against slave catchers to the armed Black men who protected Thurgood Marshall, it is clear that owning firearms was commonplace in the Black community. Johnson points out that this story has been submerged because it is hard to reconcile with the dominant narrative of nonviolence during the civil rights era. His book, however, resolves that tension by showing how the Black tradition of arms maintained and demanded a critical distinction between private self-defense and political violence. In the last two chapters, Johnson addresses the unavoidable issue of young Black men with guns and the toll that gun violence takes on many in the inner city. He shows how complicated this issue is by highlighting the surprising diversity of views on gun ownership in the black community. In fact, recent Supreme Court affirmations of the right to bear arms resulted from cases led by Black plaintiffs. Surprising and informative, this well-researched book strips away many stock assumptions of conventional wisdom on the issue of guns and the Black freedom struggle"-- Provided by publisher.

The slave's cause : a history of abolition

March 16, 2016
Sinha, Manisha. author.
xiv, 768 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Part I. The first wave. Prophets without honor ; Revolutionary antislavery in Black and White ; The long northern emancipation ; The Anglo-American abolition movement ; Black abolitionists in the slaveholding republic ; The neglected period of antislavery -- Part II. The second wave. Interracial immediatism ; Abolition emergent ; The woman question ; The Black man's burden ; The abolitionist international ; Slave resistance ; Fugitive slave abolitionism ; The politics of abolition ; Revolutionary abolitionism ; Abolition war -- Epilogue: The abolitionist origins of American democracy.
"Received historical wisdom casts abolitionists as bourgeois, mostly white reformers burdened by racial paternalism and economic conservatism. Manisha Sinha overturns this image, broadening her scope beyond the antebellum period usually associated with abolitionism and recasting it as a radical social movement in which men and women, black and white, free and enslaved found common ground in causes ranging from feminism and utopian socialism to anti-imperialism and efforts to defend the rights of labor. Drawing on extensive archival research, including newly discovered letters and pamphlets, Sinha documents the influence of the Haitian Revolution and the centrality of slave resistance in shaping the ideology and tactics of abolition. This book is a comprehensive new history of the abolition movement in a transnational context. It illustrates how the abolitionist vision ultimately linked the slave's cause to the struggle to redefine American democracy and human rights across the globe." -- Publisher's description

Stars for freedom : Hollywood, Black celebrities, and the civil rights movement

March 16, 2016
Raymond, Emilie, 1973-
Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2015]
xviii, 312 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"A V Ethel Willis White Book."
"A Capell Family Book."
Cleaning up Catfish Row: Black celebrity and the making of Porgy and Bess -- Sammy Davis, Jr.: daring, deferential, and "money" -- Harry Belafonte and the northern liberal network -- The arts group and the March on Washington -- Dick Gregory and celebrity grassroots activism -- Stars for Selma -- Celebrities and Black power.
From Oprah Winfrey to Angelina Jolie, George Clooney to Leonardo DiCaprio, Americans have come to expect that Hollywood celebrities will be outspoken advocates for social and political causes. However, that wasn't always the case. As Emilie Raymond shows, during the civil rights movement the Stars for Freedom--a handful of celebrities both black and white--risked their careers by crusading for racial equality, and forged the role of celebrity in American political culture. Focusing on the "Leading Six" trailblazers--Harry Belafonte, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dick Gregory, and Sidney Poitier--Raymond reveals how they not only advanced the civil rights movement in front of the cameras, but also worked tirelessly behind the scenes, raising money for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legal defense, leading membership drives for the NAACP, and personally engaging with workaday activists to boost morale. Through meticulous research, engaging writing, and new interviews with key players, Raymond traces the careers of the Leading Six against the backdrop of the movement. Perhaps most revealing is the new light she sheds on Sammy Davis, Jr., exploring how his controversial public image allowed him to raise more money for the movement than any other celebrity. The result is an entertaining and informative book that will appeal to film buffs and civil rights historians alike, as well as to anyone interested in the rise of celebrity power in American society.

From failure to promise : "360 degrees"

March 15, 2016
Moorer, C., Jr. (Cleamon), author.
x, 159 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Until there is justice : the life of Anna Arnold Hedgeman

March 10, 2016
Scanlon, Jennifer, 1958- author.
321 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Prologue: a purposeful life -- A midwestern childhood -- Education: the first measure of independence -- Teaching in the segregated south -- Heading north to spread the word: the YWCA years -- Harlem and Brooklyn in the great depression -- World War II: a time for racial justice -- Fighting for fair employment, fighting for Truman -- "New world citizen": developing a national portfolio, an international consciousness, and an FBI file -- Running for office -- "A burr in the saddle": Anna Arnold Hedgeman, white protestants, and the March on Washington -- The "double handicap of race and sex": African American women and the March on Washington -- The Commission on Religion and Race -- Moving the justice fight north -- Black power, woman power -- Refusing retirement: the Hedgeman Consultant Service -- Epilogue: fighting for heaven, right here on earth.
In Until There Is Justice, author Jennifer Scanlon presents the first-ever biography of Hedgeman. Through a commitment to faith-based activism, civil rights, and feminism, Hedgeman participated in and led some of the 20th century's most important developments, including advances in education, public health, politics, and workplace justice. Simultaneously a dignified woman and scrappy freedom fighter, Hedgeman's life upends conventional understandings of many aspects of the civil rights and feminist movements. She worked as a teacher, lobbyist, politician, social worker, and activist, often crafting and implementing policy behind the scenes. Although she repeatedly found herself a woman among men, a black American among whites, and a secular Christian among clergy, she maintained her conflicting identities and worked alongside others to forge a common humanity.


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