New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

February 6, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The Black Calhouns : from Civil War to civil rights, with one African American family

February 5, 2016
Buckley, Gail Lumet, 1937- author.
viii, 353 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical tables, portraits ; 24 cm
Genealogical tables on lining papers.
South/Reconstruction, 1865-1876 : morning, 1860s -- South/Reconstruction : noon, 1870s -- South/Reconstruction : night, 1880s -- North/1900-1919 : the new Negro -- South/1900-1919 : the new South -- North/1920s : Harlem Renaissance -- South/1920s : terror -- North and South/1930s : Lena and Frank -- North/1940s : movie star year -- South/1940s : war brides -- North/1950s : Blacks and blacklisting -- South/1950s : postwar -- North/1960s : overcoming -- Coda/1980s honors/North : Lena -- Coda/1980s honors/South : Dr. Homer E. Nash.
Gail Lumet Buckley, daughter of actress Lena Horne, delves deeply into her family history, detailing the experiences of an extraordinary African American family from Civil War to civil rights.

S O S : poems 1961-2013

February 5, 2016
Baraka, Amiri, 1934-2014, author.
New York, NY : Grove Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, [2015]
xxix, 606 pages ; 23 cm
Includes index.
"Throughout Baraka's career as a prolific writer (also published as LeRoi Jones), he was vehemently outspoken against oppression of African American citizens, and he radically altered the discourse surrounding racial inequality. The environments and social values that inspired his poetics changed during the course of his life, a trajectory that can be traced in this retrospective spanning more than five decades of profoundly evolving subjects and techniques. Praised for its lyricism and introspection, his early poetry emerged from the Beat generation, while his later writing is marked by intensely rebellious fervor and subversive ideology. All along, his primary focus was on how to live and love in the present moment despite the enduring difficulties of human history. Selected and prefaced by Paul Vangelisti, S O S is the essential edition of Baraka's poetic work"-- Publisher's description.

Blood brothers : the fatal friendship of Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X

February 5, 2016
Roberts, Randy, 1951- author.
New York : Basic Books, [2016]
xxiv, 362 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Draws on previously untapped sources to illuminate the secret friendship and disastrous estrangement between Cassius Clay and Malcolm X, sharing insights into Malcolm's alleged role in shaping Clay's double life as a patriotic athlete and Islamic reformer.

The firebrand and the First Lady : portrait of a friendship : Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the struggle for social justice

February 4, 2016
Bell-Scott, Patricia, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
xix, 454 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Prelude: Camp Tera -- Taking aim at the White House, 1938-40 -- Bumping up against the law, 1940-42 -- Making friends with the First Lady, 1942-44 -- Standing up to life's challenges, 1944-45 -- Fashioning new lives, 1945-52 -- Drawing closer as friends, 1952-55 -- Fighting for a just world, 1956-59 -- Lighting the path for new activists, 1959-62 -- Speaking truth to the end, 1963-85.
"Describes the unlikely friendship between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Pauli Murray, a granddaughter of a mixed race slave and a lesbian, who became a lawyer and civil rights pioneer, and the important work they each did, taking stands for justice and freedom,"--NoveList.

'Don't make the black kids angry' : the hoax of black victimization and those who enable it

February 4, 2016
Flaherty, Colin. author.
xii, 511 pages ; 23 cm
The biggest lie of our generation is how black people are relentless victims of relentless white violence. Often at the end of a badge. This book uses more than 1000 examples to document the wide spread black crime and violence, often directed at white people. And it shows how the media ignore, condone, and deny it. And how politicians, including the President, are willing partners in this deception.

Hope : a school, a team, a dream

February 3, 2016
Reynolds, Bill, 1945- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
246 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
"Hope High School in Providence, Rhode Island was once a model city school, graduating a wide range of students from different backgrounds. But the tumult of the 1960s and the drug wars of the 70s changed both Providence and Hope. Today, the aging school is primarily Hispanic and African-American, with kids traveling for miles by bus and foot each day. Hope was known for its state championship basketball teams in the 1960s, but its 2012 team is much different. Disobedient, distracted, and overwhelmed by family troubles, with mismatched sneakers and a penchant for profanity and anger, these boys represent Coach Dave Nyblom's dream of a championship, however unlikely that might seem. Nyblom's mostly black players, including several who emigrated to Providence from war-torn Liberia, face gang violence, domestic uncertainty, drug problems, and a host of other issues. But with the unfailing support and guidance of Nyblom and other Hope coaches, their ragtag team gradually pulls together, overcoming every obstacle to find the faith and trust in themselves that Nyblom never stops teaching. A look at a hidden world that just a few hundred yards from Brown University, Hope is the inspiring true story of young men and their mentors pursuing one goal--a championship--but achieving so much more"-- Provided by publisher.

Hannah Mary Tabbs and the disembodied torso : a tale of race, sex, and violence in America

February 2, 2016
Gross, Kali N., 1972- author.
220 pages : illustrations, portraits, map, black and white ; 22 cm
Prologue -- Handle with care -- The woman found -- To do him bodily harm -- Wavy hair and nearly white skin -- Held for trial -- A most revolting deed -- Epilogue.

The first civil right : how liberals built prison America

February 2, 2016
Murakawa, Naomi, author.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2014]
xii, 260 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
1. The first civil right : protection from lawless racial violence -- 2. Freedom from fear : white violence, black criminality, and the ideological fight for law-and-order -- 3. Policing the Great Society : modernizing law enforcement and rehabilitating criminal sentencing -- 4. The era of big punishment : mandatory minimums, community policing, and death penalty bidding wars -- 5. The last civil right : freedom from state-sanctioned racial violence.
"The explosive rise in the U.S. incarceration rate in the second half of the twentieth century, and the racial transformation of the prison population from mostly white at mid-century to sixty-five percent black and Latino in the present day, is a trend that cannot easily be ignored. Many believe that this shift began with the "tough on crime" policies advocated by Republicans and southern Democrats beginning in the late 1960s, which sought longer prison sentences, more frequent use of the death penalty, and the explicit or implicit targeting of politically marginalized people. In The First Civil Right, Naomi Murakawa inverts the conventional wisdom by arguing that the expansion of the federal carceral state-a system that disproportionately imprisons blacks and Latinos-was, in fact, rooted in the civil-rights liberalism of the 1940s and early 1960s, not in the period after. Murakawa traces the development of the modern American prison system through several presidencies, both Republican and Democrat. Responding to calls to end the lawlessness and violence against blacks at the state and local levels, the Truman administration expanded the scope of what was previously a weak federal system. Later administrations from Johnson to Clinton expanded the federal presence even more. Ironically, these steps laid the groundwork for the creation of the vast penal archipelago that now exists in the United States. What began as a liberal initiative to curb the mob violence and police brutality that had deprived racial minorities of their first civil right - physical safety - eventually evolved into the federal correctional system that now deprives them, in unjustly large numbers, of another important right: freedom. The First Civil Right is a groundbreaking analysis of root of the conflicts that lie at the intersection of race and the legal system in America." -- Publisher's description.

A conspiracy to colonize 19th century United States free Blacks in Africa by the American Colonization Society

February 2, 2016
Walker, Grant.
[United States] : Trafford Publishing, [2014]
xii, 81 pages : portrait ; 23 cm

Just another southern town : Mary Church Terrell and the struggle for racial justice in the nation's capital

February 1, 2016
Quigley, Joan.
358 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
On to the battlefield -- The greatest woman that we have -- They come standing erect -- An example for all the world -- The radicalization of Mary Church Terrell -- Segregation will go -- This thing can be licked -- A bigger step is in order -- Eat anywhere -- Epilogue: Until full and final victory.

The life and the adventures of a haunted convict

January 29, 2016
Reed, Austin, 1823?- author.
New York : Random House, [2016]
lxx, 270 pages ; 24 cm
"The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict is a rare and original autobiography, a first-person account of a young black man's life as an indentured servant, a juvenile delinquent, and a prisoner in New York State in the mid-nineteenth century. Austin Reed was born a free man near Rochester, NY in the 1820s. As a young adult, he was sent to a juvenile reform school in Manhattan, where he learned to read and write. In the decades that followed, Reed would be repeatedly incarcerated for theft in a state prison in Auburn. It was there that he began to write this memoir, which explores America's first reformatory and first industrial prison from an inmate's point of view, and the great cruelties and kindnesses he experienced in those places, excavating patterns of racial segregation, exploitation, and bondage extending beyond the boundaries of the slaveholding South, into free New York. A work of uncommon, haunting beauty, this is a major historical document that transforms our understanding of nineteenth-century history and literature"-- Provided by publisher.

The Covenant with Black America : ten years later

January 29, 2016
Smiley, Tavis, 1964- compiler, editor.
[United States] : Smiley Books, 2016.
xii, 281 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Con job : how Democrats gave us crime, sanctuary cities, abortion profiteering, and racial division

January 27, 2016
Wright, Crystal, author.
Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing, [2016]
286 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- The party of crime -- The party of mob violence -- The party of hopeless slums -- The party of illegal immigration -- The party of sanctuary cities -- The party of abortion profiteers -- The party of baby butchers -- The party of family breakdown -- The party of racial division -- The party of identity politics -- The party of bigoty and low expectations -- The party of corruption and never-ending excuses -- A personal story.
"Democrats have pulled a big con job on blacks in America. Black voters have overwhelmingly supported the Democratic Party for the last fifty years. Where has that support gotten the black community? Democrats have let black incarceration rates rise and marriage rates drop. They've let entire neighborhoods become dependent on welfare, and they've let education and job opportunities dwindle. So why do black voters keep voting for progressive Democratic candidates? Crystal Wright, editor of the blog Conservative Black Chick, takes the Democratic Party to task in this bold, biting expose of the Democrats' systematic betrayal of the blindly loyal black community"-- Provided by publisher.

The invisibles : the untold story of African American slaves in the White House

January 26, 2016
Holland, Jesse J.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, An imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.
xiii, 225 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction -- William Lee and New York City -- The beginning of African slavery in the United States -- Oney Judge and Philadelphia -- Slavery and the construction of the White House -- Thomas Jefferson and the first White House slaves -- The beginning of the great American melting pot -- Paul Jennings and the burning of the White House -- Slavery, indentured servitude and the law -- Andrew Jackson's stables -- The rest -- Conclusion.

Black freemasonry : from Prince Hall to the giants of jazz

January 25, 2016
Révauger, Marie-Cécile, author.
xviii, 301 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Originally published in French under the title Noirs et francs-maç Éditions Dervy in the collection directed by René LeMoal.
"Looking at the deep connections between jazz and Freemasonry, the author reveals how many of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century were also Masons, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Eubie Blake, Cab Calloway, and Paul Robeson. Unveiling the deeply social role at the heart of black Freemasonry, Révauger shows how the black lodges were instrumental in helping American blacks transcend the horrors of slavery and prejudice, achieve higher social status, and create their own solid spiritually based social structure, which in some cities arose prior to the establishment of black churches."--Page [3] of book jacket.

How to grow up like me : the Ballou Story Project

January 25, 2016
75 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm.
How to grow up like me / M.H. Jordan -- Finding a home / Carl Brown -- Make a difference / Essence Milling -- My definition of success / Allen Weaver -- Someone to believe in me / Aijah Roberts -- Overcoming failure / Tarrance Brooks -- Butterfly / Mecca Straughter -- Ways band helps you realize the world / Christopher Allen -- Long-distance mom / N.C. Kitt -- The healer / Dreonna Richardson -- Journey of becoming me / Randy Sams -- Never give up (on me) / DaeDae Walker -- Without my father / DaSean Lee -- Creating a change / Charles'e Thornton -- Becoming a young adult / Gerald McBrayer, III -- Anything is possible / Nadiya Holley -- How to grow up like me / M.S. Holiday -- Acknowledgments -- About ShootBack -- About Shout Mouse Press.

Our lives matter : the Ballou Story Project

January 25, 2016
[Washington, DC] : Shout Mouse Press, 2015.
73 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Through the course of a historic year of civil unrest and the emergence of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement, thirty teen writers from Frank W. Ballou High School in Washington, DC came together to take part in this national conversation about race, inequality, violence, and justice. Through their powerful, personal stories these writers intend to Change the Narrative about youth of color. We are not thugs, they say. We are not victims. We are big sisters and sports stars, academic strivers and everyday heroes. We speak out for justice. We dream big dreams. These writers want more for themselves, more for their community, more for their generation. And they are challenging their readers to listen, and to recognize in each story a common humanity worthy of dignity, support, and respect. This riot of voices must be heard.

Trinitoga : stories of life in a roughed up, tough love, no good hood

January 25, 2016
xi, 53 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm.
Prologue -- Trinitoga -- Shoota / by Serenity Summers -- Baquisha / by Reiyanna Davis -- Rude boy: Sharkisha / by Temil Whipple -- Rude girl / by Zoe Williams -- Tianna / by Jonae Haynesworth -- India / by Trinity Alston -- India's epilogue / by the editors -- Acknowledgments -- About the authors -- About Beacon House -- About Shootback.

The defender : how the legendary Black newspaper changed America : from the age of the Pullman porters to the age of Obama

January 22, 2016
Michaeli, Ethan, author.
xx, 633 pages,8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Delphi on the prairie -- A defender of his race -- If you see it in "The Defender," it's so -- Getting the South told -- The Great Northern Drive -- The greatest disturbing element -- The bond of affections -- Reaping the whirlwind -- Bombing Binga -- Chicago vindicated -- The burdens of the future -- We'll take the sea -- Farewell, Chief -- Victory through unity -- Santa Claus and a World War -- Promises vs. performance -- The "Daily Defender" -- One vote per precinct -- A socratic gadfly -- A prayer for Chicago -- A dark hour in the life of America -- The last remains of nonviolence -- Victories are contagious -- Stick around for a while -- The roar of the El train.
"Giving voice to the voiceless, the Chicago Defender condemned Jim Crow, catalyzed the Great Migration, and focused the electoral power of black America. Robert S. Abbott founded The Defender in 1905, smuggled hundreds of thousands of copies into the most isolated communities in the segregated South, and was dubbed a "Modern Moses," becoming one of the first black millionaires in the process. His successor wielded the newspaper's clout to elect mayors and presidents, including Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy, who would have lost in 1960 if not for The Defender's support. Along the way, its pages were filled with columns by legends like Ida B. Wells, Langston Hughes, and Martin Luther King. Drawing on dozens of interviews and extensive archival research, Ethan Michaeli constructs a revelatory narrative of race in America and brings to life the reporters who braved lynch mobs and policemen's clubs to do their jobs, from the age of Teddy Roosevelt to the age of Barack Obama"-- Provided by publisher.

A mighty long way : my journey to justice at Little Rock Central High School

January 21, 2016
LaNier, Carlotta Walls.
New York : One World Trade Paperbacks, 2010.
xvi, 296 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Originally published: 2009.
In 1957, Walls and eight other black students--known as the Little Rock Nine--only want to make it to class. But their journey would lead the nation on a much more turbulent path. Walls writes an inspiring memoir that shines a light on this watershed moment in Civil Rights history.

Democracy in black : how race still enslaves the American soul

January 19, 2016
Glaude, Eddie S., Jr., 1968- author.
vii, 274 pages ; 25 cm
A thick fog of unreality -- The Great Black Depression -- The value gap -- Racial habits -- White fear -- Restless sleep after King's dream -- Between two worlds -- President Obama and Black liberals -- A revolution of value -- Resurrection -- Democracy in black.
From the murders of black youth by the police, to the dismantling of the Voting Rights Act, to the disaster visited upon poor and middle-class black families by the Great Recession, it is clear that black America faces an emergency-- even though the election of the first black president has prompted many to believe we've solved America's race problem. Glaude argues that we live in a country founded on the premise that white lives are valued more than others, and this still distorts our politics today. He offers thoughts on a better way forward.

The family tree : a lynching in Georgia, a legacy of secrets, and my search for the truth

January 15, 2016
Branan, Karen, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2016.
xii, 292 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, genealogical table ; 24 cm
"Atria non fiction original hardcover"--Title page verso.
Prologue -- My Sweet Village -- Plantation Politics -- The Unveiling -- New Sheriff in Town -- Norman's Murder -- Though Silent He Speaks -- Negro Desperadoes -- Nobody's Negroes -- Vendettas -- Brazen Iniquity -- Heroines -- Race Wars -- Clutch of Circumstance -- Special Court -- The Die is Cast -- The Lynching -- "So Quietly Was the Work Done" -- Parties Unknown -- "...died with their boots on" -- Roaring Twenties -- The Ladies' Ultimatum -- The Curse Continues -- Dad Doug -- Guilt and Innocence -- Enslaved by History -- Afterword.
"In the tradition of Slaves in the Family, the provocative true account of the hanging of four black people by a white lynch mob in 1912--written by the great-granddaughter of the sheriff charged with protecting them. Harris County, Georgia, 1912. A white man, the beloved nephew of the county sheriff, is shot dead on the porch of a black woman. Days later, the sheriff sanctions the lynching of a black woman and three black men; all of them innocent. For Karen Branan, the great-granddaughter of that sheriff, this isn't just history, this is family history. Branan spent nearly twenty years combing through diaries and letters, hunting for clues in libraries and archives throughout the United States, and interviewing community elders to piece together the events and motives that led a group of people to murder four of their fellow citizens in such a brutal public display. Her research revealed surprising new insights into the day-to-day reality of race relations in the Jim Crow-era South, but what she ultimately discovered was far more personal. As she dug into the past, Branan was forced to confront her own deep-rooted beliefs surrounding race and family, a process that came to a head when Branan learned a shocking truth: she is related not only to the sheriff, but also to one of the four who were murdered. Both identities--perpetrator and victim--are her inheritance to bear. A gripping story of privilege and power, anger, and atonement, The Family Tree transports readers to a small Southern town steeped in racial tension and bound by powerful family ties. Branan takes us back in time to the Civil War, demonstrating how plantation politics and the Lost Cause movement set the stage for the fiery racial dynamics of the twentieth century, delving into the prevalence of mob rule, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and the role of miscegenation in an unceasing cycle of bigotry. Through all of this, what emerges is a searing examination of the violence that occurred on that awful day in 1912--the echoes of which still resound today--and the knowledge that it is only through facing our ugliest truths that we can move forward to a place of understanding"-- Provided by publisher.

Women in Black history : stories of courage, faith, and resilience

January 15, 2016
Jackson, Tricia Williams, author.
172 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Been there, done that : family wisdom for modern times

January 11, 2016
Roker, Al, 1954- author.
ix, 271 pages : 24 cm
Never Give Up on Your Dreams -- Kindness Is Like a Boomerang--It Always Comes Back -- The Power of an Apology -- Grace Under Pressure -- Don't Confuse the Wedding with the Marriage -- Family Is Forever -- Actions Speak Louder Than Words -- I Am Who I Am -- Can You Hear Me Now? -- Learning to Slow Down -- The Importance of Friendships -- People Are Not Labels -- Life Is Full of Hard Choices.
"Life lessons from New York Times bestselling author and Today show personality Al Roker and his wife, globetrotting ABC news journalist Deborah Roberts. Al Roker and Deborah Roberts have sixteen Emmy Awards between them. They have covered everything from the Olympics and the Gulf War to natural disasters and the AIDS crisis in Africa. Now these two married journalists and parents have collaborated on the most personal and important "story" of their lives. Been There, Done That is a funny, heartfelt, and empowering collection of life lessons, hard-won wisdom, and instructive family anecdotes from Al and Deborah's lives, from their parents and grandparents, and from dear friends, famous and not. Here, Al and Deborah candidly share childhood obstacles like obesity and growing up in the segregated south; the challenges and blessings that come from raising very different kids; hard-won truths about marriage and career; the illuminating "little things" that adults can learn from children; and the genuine wisdom that the elderly can share with a younger generation. These are real-life stories told from every perspective--from parent, spouse, daughter, son, and friend, stories that every reader can relate to, appreciate, and share. "-- Provided by publisher.

The Jemima code : two centuries of African American cookbooks

January 11, 2016
Tipton-Martin, Toni, author.
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2015.
xv, 246 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Includes index.
Nineteenth-century cookbooks : breaking a stereotype -- 1900-1925, surviving mammyism : cooking lessons for work and home -- 1926-1950, the servant problem : dual messages -- 1951-1960, lifting as we climb : tea cakes, finger sandwiches, community service, and civil rights -- 1961-1970, soul food : mama's cooking leaves home for the city -- 1971-1980, simple pleasures : a soul food revival -- 1981-1990, mammy's makeover : the ever-useful life -- 1991-2011, sweet to the soul : the hope of Jemima.
Women of African descent have contributed to America's food culture for centuries, but their rich and varied involvement is still overshadowed by the demeaning stereotype of an illiterate "Aunt Jemima" who cooked mostly by natural instinct. Tipton-Martin looks at black cookbooks that range from a rare 1827 house servant's manual, the first book published by an African American in the trade, to modern classics. These cookbooks offer firsthand evidence that African Americans cooked creative masterpieces from meager provisions, educated young chefs, operated food businesses, and nourished the African American community through the long struggle for human rights.


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