New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

December 5, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

African-American life in Louisville

December 4, 2017
Tyler, Bruce Michael, 1948-
Charleston, SC : Arcadia, 1998.
128 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm.

African Americans in Fort Wayne : the first 200 years

December 4, 2017
Miller, Dodie Marie.
Charleston, S.C. : Arcadia, ©2000.
128 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm.

Louisville's historic Black neighborhoods

December 4, 2017
Brown, Beatrice S.
Charleston, South Carolina : Arcadia Publishing, [2012]
127 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Smoketown -- BlackHill-Old Louisville, California, Parkland -- Central business district -- Berry-Griffy towns, Petersburg, Newburg -- South Louisville and black horsemen in the Kentucky derby -- "Southeast on Third" -- Russell -- The Lincoln Institute.

An oral history of African Americans in Grant County

December 4, 2017
Charleston, SC : Arcadia Pub., [2000]
128 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Union County's Black soldiers and sailors of the Civil War

December 4, 2017
Washington, Ethel M.
Charleston, SC : History Press, 2011.
206 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Black life in Union County, 1857-1866 -- Union County regiments, recruitment and enlistments -- United State Colored Troops (USCT), 1862-1866 -- Sailors: United States Navy and Marine Corps -- Rahway contributions to the war effort -- Union County tribute to the sailors and sailors -- Appendix: Roster, miscellaneous state and out of state enlistments.

Washington County underground railroad

December 4, 2017
Burke, Henry Robert, 1940-
Charleston, SC : Arcadia, ©2004.
128 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.

Madison County, Tennessee, colored marriages, 1868-1871 : W.P.A. Records.

November 30, 2017
Signal Mountain, Tennessee : Mountain Press, 2017.
110 pages ; 28 cm
Reprint. Originally published: [Washington, D.C.?] : Work's Progress Administration, [1938?].
"Historical Records Project, Official Project no. 165-44-6999."

Why the vote wasn't enough for Selma

November 22, 2017
Forner, Karlyn, 1983- author.
xvi, 350 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Interlude 1: the Constitution of 1901 -- The world that cotton made : 1901-1916 -- Interlude 2: World War I and making the world safe for democracy -- "Our country first, then Selma" : 1917-1929 -- Interlude 3: The Great Depression -- Plowing under: 1932-1940 -- Interlude 4: Craig Air Force Base -- Becoming white-faced cows: 1941-1952 -- Interlude 5: "I like Ike" -- Segregation's last stand: 1953-1964 -- Interlude 6: 1965 -- Making the "good freedom" : 1965-1976 -- Interlude 7: Closing Craig Air Force Base -- "Last one out of Selma, turn off the lights" : 1977-1988 -- Interlude 8: Superintendent Norward Roussell and school leveling -- Two Selmas: 1989-2000 -- Interlude 9: Joe gotta go.
"In [this book] Karlyn Forner rewrites the heralded story of Selma to explain why gaining the right to vote did not bring about economic justice for African Americans in the Alabama Black Belt. Drawing on a rich array of sources, Forner illustrates how voting rights failed to offset decades of systematic disfranchisement and unequal investment in African American communities. Forner contextualizes Selma as a place, not a moment within the civil rights movement --a place where black citizens' fight for full citizenship unfolded alongside an agricultural shift from cotton farming to cattle raising, the implementation of federal divestment policies, and economic globalization. At the end of the twentieth century, Selma's celebrated political legacy looked worlds apart from the dismal economic realities of the region. Forner demonstrates that voting rights are only part of the story in the black freedom struggle and that economic justice is central to achieving full citizenship." -- Publisher's website.

A good cry : what we learn from tears and laughter

November 22, 2017
Giovanni, Nikki, author.
xi, 111 pages ; 19 cm
Autobiographical poems.
"Poet, firebrand, mother, radical, healer, and sage, Nikki Giovanni has always been celebrated for her inspired and courageous voice. For decades, she has spoken out on the sensitive issues -- race and gender, violence and inequality -- that touch our national consciousness. As energetic and insightful as ever, Nikki Giovanni now offers us an intimate and affecting look at her personal history and the hidden corners of her own heart. In A Good Cry, she takes us into her confidence, describing the joy and peril of aging and recalling the violence that permeated her parents' marriage and her childhood. She pays homage to the people who have given her life meaning and delight: her grandparents, who took her in and saved her life; the poets and thinkers who have influenced her; and the students who have surrounded her. Giovanni also celebrates her good friend, Maya Angelou, and the many years of friendship, poetry, and kitchen-table laughter they shared before Angelou's death in 2014. An essential work for our times and a moving chronicle of an artist's life. A Good Cry is another classic from the prolific and perennially relevant Nikki Giovanni."-- From publisher's description.

100 amazing facts about the Negro

November 20, 2017
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr., author.
New York : Pantheon Books, [2017]
xii, 476 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"From one of our premier writers, scholars, and public intellectuals: a surprising, inspiring, often boldly infuriating, highly instructive and entertaining compendium of curiosities regarding African Americans. In 1934, 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro With Complete Proof: A Short Cut to the World History of the Negro was published by Joel A. Rogers, a largely self-educated black journalist and historian. Now with élan and erudition--and winning enthusiasm--Henry Louis Gates, Jr., gives us a corrective yet loving homage to Rogers's work. Relying on the latest scholarship, Gates leads us on a romp through African American history and gossip in question and answer format: Who was the first African American? What was the second Middle Passage? Did black people own slaves? Why was cotton king? Who was the first black president in North America? How much African ancestry does the average African American have? Who really invented "the talented tenth"? What were the biggest acts of betrayal within the enslaved community? Who was the first black American woman to be a self-made millionaire? For 100 questions, 100 answers, intended to shine light on the sheer complexity and diversity of being African American."--Provided by publisher.

The Jacksons legacy

November 20, 2017
319 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
First published in the United Kingdom in 2017 by Thames & Hudson Ltd.
"From the family archives - the 50th anniversary book" -- cover.
2300 Jackson Street -- The Motown years -- An epic decision -- Victory & beyond.
A visual history of the Jacksons combines exclusive interviews, anecdotes, quotes, and previously unseen family archive photographs to trace their meteoric rise and history-making tours.

The Black Lives Matter movement

November 10, 2017
Parks, Peggy J., 1951- author.
80 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The dangerous divide between Black citizens and police -- The formation of a movement -- The backlash -- Law enforcement accountability -- Improving policing, strengthening relationships.
This book explores the Black Lives Matter movement that was launched in 2013 to address civil rights issues against African American citizens, and its appeal for equality and fair treatment of black citizens by law enforcement and by society as a whole. It covers the divide between black citizens and the police, the formation of the movement, its detractors, law enforcement accountability, and improving policing and strengthening relationships.

Leaving children behind : black education in Covington, Kentucky

November 2, 2017
Hampton, Jeffrey.
Covington, Ky. : Kenton County Historical Society, 2011.
193 pages ; 22 cm
"While educating blacks in Kentucky had never been illegal, their schooling was a struggle due to factors of racial discrimination and an enduring poverty, rooted in the institution of slavery and continuing long after emancipation. Even in urban environments like Covington, Kentucky, where educational opportunities were more plentiful, black education lagged far behind that provided to white children due to factors such as unequal funding and inferior facilities. The benefits of Covington schools' efforts at integration have been mixed and uneven, producing material and educational improvements for black children, but also a mutual mistrust and suspicion between the city's black citizens and its school administration. It is a tragedy that in the wake of this long struggle, many black children were left behind"--Back cover.

Abolitionists of the Underground Railroad : legends from Montgomery County, Indiana

November 2, 2017
Hudson, Shannon Sullivan, author.
239 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 26 cm
"Montgomery County, Indiana's history of the Underground Railroad focuses on the people involved. Documentation recounts few feats of derring--do and midnight runs through the woods in our county's past. While this book does have a few escape stories, both successful and unsuccessful, it tells more about who made their homes here after leaving lives of oppression. What is included within these pages is a story about people who, by choice, were bound together by a common purpose."--Back cover.

Bessie Coleman : first female African American and Native American pilot

November 1, 2017
Small, Cathleen, author.
128 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
The Times of Bessie Coleman -- A Texas Childhood -- Moving North and Taking to the Skies -- Coleman's Achievements -- Coleman's Legacy -- Glossary -- Chronology.
Inspired by soldiers returning from World War I, Bessie Coleman decided to become a pilot, but in 1916 American flight schools did not admit women. This book examines the challenging times and amazing accomplishments of Coleman on her journey to not only become the first woman of African American and Native American descent to earn an international aviation pilot's license, but also a successful civilian pilot and famous stunt flyer.

Slaves identified in Kenton County, Kentucky clerk's and Kenton County vital statistic records, 1840-1865

October 31, 2017
Taylor, Arnold.
[Ky.?] : A. Taylor, 2014.
58 leaves ; 28 cm
Includes index.

Soul of a nation : art in the age of Black power

October 24, 2017
256 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Published on the occasion of an exhibition of the same name held at Tate Modern, London, July 12-October 22, 2017; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, February 3-April 23, 2018; and Brooklyn Museum, New York, September 7, 2018-February 3, 2019.
In the period of radical change that was 1963-1983, young black artists at the beginning of their careers in the USA confronted key questions and pressures. How could they make art that would stand as innovative, original, formally and materially complex, while also making work that reflected their concerns and experience as black Americans? This significant new publication, accompanying an exhibition at Tate Modern, surveys this crucial period in American art history, bringing to light previously neglected histories of twentieth-century black artists, including Sam Gilliam, Melvin Edwards, Jack Whitten, William T. Williams and Frank Bowling. This book features substantial essays from co-curators Mark Godfrey and Zoe Whitley, writing on abstraction and figuration respectively. It will also explore the art historical and social contexts with subjects including black feminism; AfriCOBRA and other artist-run groups; the role of museums in the debates of the period; and where visual art sat in relation to the Black Arts Movement.

We were eight years in power : an American tragedy

October 23, 2017
Coates, Ta-Nehisi, author.
New York : One World, 2017.
xvii, 367 pages ; 24 cm
Notes from the first year : this is how we lost to the white man -- Notes from the second year : American girl -- Notes from the third year : why do so few blacks study the Civil War? -- Notes from the fourth year : the legacy of Malcolm X -- Notes from the fifth year : fear of a black president -- Notes from the sixth year : the case for reparations -- Notes from the seventh year : the black family in the age of mass incarceration -- Notes from the eighth year : my president was black -- Epilogue.
"'We were eight years in power' was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. In this sweeping collection of new and selected essays, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America's 'first white president.' But the story of these present-day eight years is not just about presidential politics. This book also examine the new voices, ideas, and movements for justice that emerged over this period--and the effects of the persistent shadow of our nation's old and unreconciled history. Coates powerfully examines the events of the Obama era from his intimate and revealing perspective--the point of view of a young writer who begins the journey in an unemployment office in Harlem and ends it in the Oval Office, interviewing a president. We Were Eight Years in Power features Coasste's iconic essays first published in The Atlantic, including 'Fear of a Black President,' 'The Case for Reparations,' and 'The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration,' along with eight fresh essays that revisit each year of the Obama administration through Coates' own experiences, obsservations, and intellectual development, capped by a bracingly original assessment of the election that fully illuminated the tragedy of the Obama era"--Jacket.

Ali : a life

October 20, 2017
Eig, Jonathan, author.
xv, 623 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Preface: Miami, 1964 -- Cassius Marcellus Clay -- The loudest child -- The bicycle -- "Every day was heaven" -- The prophet -- "I'm just young and don't give a damn" -- America's hero -- Dreamer -- "Twentieth-century exuberance" -- "It's show business" -- Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee -- The ugly bear -- "So what's wrong with the Muslims?" -- Becoming Muhammad Ali -- Choice -- "Girl, will you marry me?" -- Assassination -- Phantom punch -- True love -- A holy war -- No quarrel -- "What's my name?" -- "Against the furies" -- Exile -- Faith -- Martyr -- Song and dance and prayer -- The greatest book of all time -- Stand by me -- Comeback -- "The world is watching you" -- A different fighter -- The five-million-dollar match -- Ali v. Frazier -- Freedom -- Trickeration -- A fight to the finish -- Heart of darkness -- Fighter's heaven -- "Ali boma ye!" -- Rumble in the jungle -- Moving on up -- Impulses -- Ali-Frazier III -- Getting old -- "They may not let me quit" -- "Do you remember Muhammad Ali?" -- Staggered -- Crown Prince -- Old -- Humpty Dumpty -- The last hurrah -- Too many punches -- "He's human, like us" -- A torch -- The long, black Cadillac -- Postscript.
"Based on more than 500 interviews, including Muhammad Ali's closest associates, and enhanced by access to thousands of pages of newly released FBI records, this is a thrilling story of a man who became one of the great figures of the twentieth century."-- Provided by publisher.

(H)afrocentric. Volumes 1-4

October 20, 2017
Smith, Juliana, author.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Cover title.
"This unflinching visual and literary tour-de-force tackles the most pressing issues of the day--including racism, patriarchy, gentrification, police violence, and the housing crisis--with humor and biting satire."

Don't call us dead : poems

October 18, 2017
Smith, Danez, author.
88 pages ; 23 cm
Dear white America -- Dinosaurs n the hood -- It won't be a bullet -- Last summer of innocence -- A note on vaseline -- A note on the phone app that tells me how far I am from other men's mouths -- & even the black guy's profile reads sorry, no black guy -- O nigga O -- ...nigga -- At the down-low house party -- Bare -- Seroconversion -- Fear of needles -- Recklessly -- Elegy with pixels and cum -- Litany with blood all over -- It began right here -- Crown -- Blood hangover -- 1 in 2 -- Every day is a funeral & a miracle -- Not an elegy -- A note on the body -- You're dead, America -- Strange dowry -- Tonight, in Oakland -- Little prayer -- Dream where every black person is standing by the ocean.
Smith's unflinching poetry addresses race, class, sexuality, faith, social justice, mortality, and the challenges of living HIV positive at the intersection of black and queer identity. The collection opens with a heartrending sequence that imagines an afterlife for black men shot by police, a place where suspicion, violence, and grief are forgotten and replaced with the safety, love, and longevity they deserved on earth. "Dear White America," which Smith performed at the 2014 Rustbelt Midwest Region Poetry Slam, has as strong an impact on the page as it did on the spoken word stage. Smith's courage and hope amidst the struggle for unity in America will humble and uplift you.

Index to Hardeman County, Tennessee freedman's contracts, 1865-1866

October 17, 2017
Jackson, Tenn. : Tennessee Genealogical Society, 1999.
xiii, 61 pages ; 28 cm
Indexes microfilm roll 67 of: Selected records of the Tennessee Field Office of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872, [MF973.8 U58st 1958], National Archives microfilm publications, microcopy no. T142.
Foreword -- Introduction -- Code explanations -- Microfilm contents -- Index to Freedman's contracts.

African American researcher's guide to online genealogical sources : from the personal notebook of genealogist Fallon N. Green

October 17, 2017
Green, Fallon N.
Bloomington, IN : Authorhouse, 2012.
262 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
The African American Researcher's Guide to Online Genealogical Sources outlines essential steps and pinpoints available internet resources. Inside there are links to free and subscription databases, research projects, university studies, transcriptions, compendium genealogies, scanned images, online digital archives, state and local archives, instructional materials, podcasts, wikis, search portals, online directories, historical societies, message boards, mailing lists and hobby groups.

Arriving in America : destination the South

October 17, 2017
Taylor, Patricia Ann, author.
Bloomington, IN : AuthorHouse LLC, 2014.
xi, 101 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
"Arriving in America - Destination the South captures Taylor's twentyfive year journey in unearthing the buried history of her maternal and paternal family, trekking the paths of her ancestors, before Emancipation (1863). This journey took her back several generations, from the North, South, East and West regions of Africa, to the thirteen colonies of the United States, and the Southern states of Louisiana and Mississippi. This emotion filled journey travels down an intricate paper trail of federal, state, and local records combined with a collection of oral interviews that enabled Taylor to methodically place together her family puzzle, in five informative chapters. Lovers of sweeping generational epics will find much to rejoice in here. This is a personal saga, but one played out against the broad canvas of American History. Taylor chronicles the lives of her relatives who were once enslaved. She points out the contributions of European immigrants, with the labor of slaves that made this such a great nation. Taylor discusses intermarriages and intermixing between blacks and Indians, the mulatto children of the master, and how her enslaved family may have obtained their surnames. This book focuses on many unanswered questions, and leave the reader with a burning desire to begin their own journey. Written in a narrative style to inspire, entice and propel readers into the fascinating world of genealogy and historical discoveries.

Keeper of the kin

October 13, 2017
Chapman, Ruth C.
1 volume (unpaged) ; 23 cm
"Companion book to 'My dearest Minnie'"
"(A simple guide and tips for tracing African-American genealogy)"
"Keeper of the Kin provides readers with an easy guide to searching and documenting African American genealogy. This book is the companion book to My Dearest Minnie, also by Ruth C. Chapman. Keeper of the Kin gives a step by step account of the process used in researching and writing a book about Ruth C. Chapman's grandparents who migrated to Philadelphia, PA in 1922 from South Carolina. Whether you are beginning your journey in discovering and documenting your African American genealogy, or just doing a simple project to share with family and friends, Keeper of the Kin will be an easy and helpful guide."


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