New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

October 31, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Widow Basquiat : a love story

October 30, 2014
Clement, Jennifer, author.
New York : B\D\W\Y/Broadway Books, 2014.
xv, 186 pages ; 20 cm
"Originally published in Great Britain, in slightly different form, by Payback Press, an imprint of Canongate Books Ltd, Edinburgh, in 2000. This edition originally published in Great Britain by Canongate Books, Ltd., Edinburgh in 2014"--Title page verso.
A memoir of avant-garde street artist and painter Jean-Michel Basquiat's partner, her past, and their life together

Guide to the microfilm edition of papers of the Civil Rights Congress

October 30, 2014
Bethesda, MD : University Publications of America, 1988.
3 v. in 1 ; 28 cm.
Pts. 3-5 in issued together in one vol.
Includes indexes.
pt. 1. Case files -- pt. 2. Files of William L. Patterson and the national office -- pt. 3. Publications -- pt. 4. Communist Party USA files -- pt. 5. Citizens Emergency Defense Conference files.

A guide to the microfilm edition of Papers of the International Labor Defense

October 30, 2014
Schipper, Martin Paul.
Frederick, MD : University Publications of America, ©1987.
xiii, 46 pages ; 28 cm.
Includes index.

Teaching in the Terrordome : two years in West Baltimore with Teach for America

October 27, 2014
Lanier, Heather Kirn.
Columbia, Mo. ; London : University of Missouri Press, ©2012.
x, 237 pages ; 23 cm
Heather Kirn Lanier joined Teach For America (TFA), a program that thrusts eager but inexperienced college graduates into America's most impoverished areas to teach, asking them to do whatever is necessary to catch their disadvantaged kids up to the rest of the nation. With little more than a five-week teacher boot camp and the knowledge that David Simon referred to her future school as "The Terrordome," the altruistic and naive Lanier devoted herself to attaining the program's goals but met obstacles on all fronts.

1850 DeSoto County, Mississippi, slave owners

October 22, 2014
Hernando, MS : Genealogical Society of DeSoto County, [200-?]
216 p. ; 28 cm.

Panola County, Mississippi 1850 slave owners

October 22, 2014
Hernando, MS : Genealogical Society of DeSoto Co., c2008.
139 leaves ; 28 cm.

1860 DeSoto County, Mississippi, slave owners index

October 22, 2014
Hernando, MS : Genealogical Society of DeSoto County, [200-?]
1 v. (unpaged) ; 28 cm.

1860 Panola Co., Mississippi slaveowners index

October 22, 2014
Hernando, Miss. : Genealogical Society of DeSoto Co., 1990.
1 v. (unpaged) ; 29 cm.

DeSoto County, Mississippi black marriages, 1866-1900

October 22, 2014
Scott, Ozell Donaldson.
[Hernando, MS : O.D. Scott, 1997]
[320] p. ; 29 cm.

Black marriages of DeSoto County, Mississippi, January 1, 1901 through December 31, 1920

October 22, 2014
Hernando, Miss. : Genealogy Society of DeSoto County, c2008.
117 p. ; 28 cm.
"An alphabetical listing by groom and by bride."

Cemeteries of DeSoto County, Mississippi : African-American.

October 21, 2014
Hernando, Miss. (P.O. Box 607, Hernando 38632) : Genealogical Society of DeSoto County, c2006.
x, 270 p. : maps ; 28 cm.

Emilie Davis's Civil War : the diaries of a free Black woman in Philadelphia, 1863-1865

October 20, 2014
Davis, Emilie Frances, 1838-1899, author.
University Park, Pennsylvania : The Pennsylvania State University Press, [2014]
xxiv, 211 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
"A transcription and annotation of the diary of Emilie Davis, a free African American woman who lived in Philadelphia during the Civil War"--Provided by publisher.

The Kennedy Heights experiment : from hilltop suburb to multi-racial community, 1882 to 2014

October 14, 2014
Casey-Leininger, Charles F., author.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Kennedy Heights Community Council, 2014.
iii, 49 pages : illustrations, map ; 28 cm.
Cover title.
"August, 2014."
Early development -- The village of Kennedy Heights, 1896-1914. The Kalomeres Building -- Early schools -- Early churches. Tracking an early African-American resident of Kennedy Heights -- The post-war years and racial change -- Fighting for racial integration and a middle-class community. Ken-Sil -- The fight to preserve quality integrated schools -- Redeveloping the neighborhood. Kennedy Heights Community Council fights the closing of Drake Park ; Do you know the way to Kennedy Heights? ; Churches.

William Wells Brown : an African American life

October 14, 2014
Greenspan, Ezra.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2014]
vii, 614 pages, 16 (unnumbered) pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

Bouts of mania : Ali, Frazier, and Foreman and an America on the ropes

October 2, 2014
Hoffer, Richard.
Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]
vi, 278 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Describes the ... era when Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and George Foreman fought each other in every possible combination, on nearly every possible continent. In their most memorable bouts from 1971 to 1975, the three men created athletic set pieces that continue to resonate: the Fight of the Century, Down Goes Frazier!, the Rumble in the Jungle, and the Thrilla in Manila. Their fights for the heavyweight belt ... made for a roiling and convulsive tournament, all the more striking against a backdrop of national dysfunction"-- Provided by publisher.

Blackballed : the Black vote and US democracy

October 1, 2014
Pinckney, Darryl, 1953-
99 pages ; 22 cm
"Blackballed is Darryl Pinckney's meditation on a century and a half of Black participation in US electoral politics. In this combination of memoir, historical narrative, and contemporary political and social analysis, he investigates the struggle for Black voting rights from Reconstruction through the civil rights movement, leading up to the election of Barack Obama as president. Interspersed throughout the historical narrative are Pinckney's own memories of growing up during the civil rights era, his unsure grasp of the events he saw on television or heard discussed, and the reactions of his parents to the social changes that were taking place at the time and later to Obama's election. He concludes with an examination of the current state of electoral politics, the place of Blacks in the Democratic coalition, and the ongoing efforts by Republicans to suppress the Black vote, with particular attention to the Supreme Court's recent decision to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and what it may mean for the political influence of Black voters in future elections. Blackballed also includes 'What Black Means Now,' an essay on the history of the Black middle class, stereotypes about Blacks and crime, and contemporary debates about 'post-Blackness' and breaking free of essentialist notions of being Black"-- Provided by publisher.

The papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.

September 30, 2014
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968.
Berkeley : University of California Press, 1992-<c2007>
v. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Volume editors varies.
v. 1. Called to serve, Jan. 1929-Sept. 1951 -- v. 2. Rediscovering precious values, July 1951-Nov. 1955 -- v. 3. Birth of a new age, Dec. 1955-Dec. 1956 -- v. 4. Symbol of the movement, Jan. 1957-Dec. 1958 -- v. 5. Threshold of a new decade, Jan. 1959-Dec. 1960 -- v. 6. Advocate of the Social Gospel, Sept. 1948-Mar. 1963 -- v. 7. To save the soul of America, Jan. 1961-Aug. 1962.

Fistful of Benjamins

September 30, 2014
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2014]
250 pages ; 21 cm
Special delivery / Kiki Swinson -- Gun play / Amaleka McCall.
"Kiki Swinson and De'nesha Diamond light it up with two devious tales of players, hustles--and running out of time"--Page 4 of cover.

Black prophetic fire

September 29, 2014
West, Cornel.
Boston : Beacon Press, 2014.
253 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternate title from CIP.
It's a beautiful thing to be on fire : Frederick Douglass -- The black flame : W.E.B. Du Bois -- Moral fire : Martin Luther King Jr. -- The heat of democratic existentialism : Ella Baker -- Revolutionary fire : Malcolm X -- Prophetic fire : Ida B. Wells -- Conclusion : last words on the Black Prophetic tradition in the age of Obama.
"Cornel West, with distinguished scholar Christa Buschendorf, provides a fresh perspective on six revolutionary African American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida Wells-Barnett. West examines the impact of these men and women on their own eras and across the decades. He not only rediscovers the integrity and commitment within these passionate advocates but also their fault lines." -- Provided by publisher.

Redemption songs : suing for freedom before Dred Scott

September 26, 2014
VanderVelde, Lea.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2014]
xii, 305 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
A metaphor for the voices of the subordinate buried in history -- Peter's dual redemption -- The three daughters of Marie Scypion -- Winny and her children -- The kidnap of Lydia's children -- John Merry, also known as Jean Marie: free born -- David Shipman -- The Duncan Brothers: black and white -- Leah Charleville -- Sex and servitude in women litigants' cases -- Yours truly, Lucy A. Delaney -- The slaves of Milton Duty -- Canadienne Rose -- The final chapter.
The Dred Scott case is the most notorious example of slaves suing for freedom. Most examinations of the case focus on its notorious verdict, and the repercussions that the decision set off-especially the worsening of the sectional crisis that would eventually lead to the Civil War-were extreme. In conventional assessment, a slave losing a lawsuit against his master seems unremarkable. But in fact, that case was just one of many freedom suits brought by slaves in the antebellum period; an example of slaves working within the confines of the U.S. legal system (and defying their masters in the process) in an attempt to win the ultimate prize: their freedom. And until Dred Scott, the St. Louis courts adhered to the rule of law to serve justice by recognizing the legal rights of the least well-off. For over a decade, legal scholar Lea VanderVelde has been building and examining a collection of more than 300 newly discovered freedom suits in St. Louis. In Redemption Songs, VanderVelde describes twelve of these never-before analyzed cases in close detail. Through these remarkable accounts, she takes readers beyond the narrative of the Dred Scott case to weave a diverse tapestry of freedom suits and slave lives on the frontier.

Impolite conversations : on race, politics, sex, money, and religion

September 24, 2014
Daniels, Cora.
New York : Atria Books, 2014.
viii, 312 pages ; 24 cm

Becoming Belafonte : black artist, public radical

September 24, 2014
Smith, Judith E., 1948- author.
xiii, 352 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
From Harlem, Jamaica, and the segregated navy to New York City's interracial left-wing culture, 1927/1948 -- Black left, white stage, Cold War : moving into the spotlight, 1949/1954 -- Multimedia stardom and the struggle for racial equality, 1955/1960 -- Storming the gates : producing film and television, 1957/1970.

Death of a King : the real story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s final year

September 24, 2014
Smiley, Tavis, 1964- author.
New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
x, 276 pages ; 25 cm
Four seasons : spring, summer, fall, and winter. "Vocation of agony" ; "Betraying the cause" ; "The language of the unheard" ; "Anxiety and sorrow in my heart" ; The bloodiest month of all ; Where do we go from here? ; Cities aflame ; Respect ; Chaos ; Ominous clouds ; "I, Martin Luther King, take thee, Non-Violence, to be my wedded wife" ; Ironic anniversary -- Final season : the last three months. Thirty-nine ; Confession ; Drum major ; Humility, levity, and longevity ; Frantic melancholy ; Restless heart ; Garment of destiny ; Firemen ; Midnight hour in Memphis ; Freedom explosion ; The mountaintop in Memphis ; April 4, 1968.
Presents a revealing and dramatic chronicle of the 12 months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.

The short and tragic life of Robert Peace : a brilliant young man who left Newark for the Ivy League

September 18, 2014
Hobbs, Jeff, 1980-
New York : Scribner, 2014.
viii, 406 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Examines "the short life of a talented young African-American man who escapes the slums of Newark for Yale University only to succumb to the dangers of the streets--and of one's own nature--when he returns home"

Fire shut up in my bones : a memoir

September 17, 2014
Blow, Charles M., 1970-
Boston, [MA] : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
228 pages ; 24 cm
The house with no steps -- Thanksgiving -- Chester -- The punk next door -- Look-away Jesus -- Change -- Another boy's baby -- The brothers -- Hell week -- The champagne-colored girl -- Lie detector -- The just-in-case-gun.
A respected journalist describes the abuse he suffered at the hands of a close family relative, the effect this had on his formative years and how he overcame the anger and self-doubt it left behind.


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