New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

February 18, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Hitler's American model : the United States and the making of Nazi race law

February 17, 2017
Whitman, James Q., 1957- author.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2017]
viii, 208 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.
Making Nazi flags and Nazi citizens. The first Nuremberg law: of New York Jews and Nazi flags ; The second Nuremberg law: making Nazi citizens ; America: the global leader in racist immigration law ; American second-class citizenship -- The Nazis pick up the thread ; Toward the citizenship law: Nazi politics in the early 1930s ; The Nazis look to American second-class citizenship -- Protecting Nazi blood and Nazi honor. Toward the blood law: battles in the streets and the ministries ; Battles in the streets: the call for "unambiguous laws" ; Battles in the ministries: the Prussian memorandum and the America example ; Conservative juristic resistance: Gürtner and Lösener ; The meeting of June 5, 1934 ; The sources of Nazi knowledge of American law ; Evaluating American influence ; Defining "mongrels": the one-drop rule and the limits of American influence -- America through Nazi eyes. America's place in the global history of racism ; Nazism and American legal culture.


February 16, 2017
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : YWCA Greater Cincinnati
volumes : portraits ; 28 cm
Copies in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room (2015 and 2016) have original black printed wrappers.

Princess Pamela's soul food cookbook : a mouth -watering treasury of Afro-American recipes : the beloved classic now back in print after 45 years

February 14, 2017
Strobel, Pamela, author.
New York : Rizzoli International Publications, 2017.
239 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Meats complete'n -- Sweet garden greens -- Grits, 'taters, rice, 'n mush -- Batter 'n butter -- Soulful goodies.

I am not your negro : a major motion picture directed by Raoul Peck

February 14, 2017
Baldwin, James, 1924-1987, author.
xxiii, 118 pages ; 21 cm
Introduction / by Raoul Peck -- Note from Gloria Baldwin Karefa-Smart -- Paying my dues -- Heroes -- Witness -- Purity -- Selling the negro -- I am not a nigger.
Transcript of the documentary film, I am not your negro, by Raoul Peck composed of unpublished and published writings, interviews, and letters by James Baldwin on the subject of racism in America.

Never caught : the Washingtons' relentless pursuit of their runaway slave, Ona Judge

February 13, 2017
Dunbar, Erica Armstrong, author.
New York : 37 Ink/Atria, 2017.
xvii, 253 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Betty's daughter -- New York-bound -- New York in black and white -- The move to Philadelphia -- The blacks in the family -- Life in Philadelphia -- The wedding -- The fugitive -- Slavery and freedom in New Hampshire -- A close call -- The negotiator -- Mrs. Staines -- The survivor -- Epiogue: Ona's sister : Philadelphia Costin.
"A revelatory account of the actions taken by the first president to retain his slaves in spite of Northern laws profiles one of the slaves, Ona Judge, describing the intense manhunt that ensued when she ran away."--NoveList.

The original Black elite : Daniel Murray and the story of a forgotten era

February 9, 2017
Taylor, Elizabeth Dowling, author.
New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
498 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map, plans, genealogical table ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Up and coming -- The good wife -- The Black elite -- The good life -- The good citizen -- Activist couple -- Backsliding -- Confronting lost ground -- National Afro-American Council -- Black history pioneer -- Courting controversy -- Struggling -- Father and sons -- Disillusioned -- Life's work -- Ironic fruits -- New negro/Old cit -- Epilogue.

The blood of Emmett Till

February 8, 2017
Tyson, Timothy B., author.
x, 291 pages ; 25 cm
Nothing that boy did -- Boots on the porch -- Growing up black in Chicago -- Emmett in Chicago and "Little Mississippi" -- Pistol-whipping at Christmas -- The incident -- On the third day -- Mama made the earth tremble -- Warring regiments of Mississippi -- Black Monday -- People we don't need around here any more -- Fixed opinions -- Mississippi underground -- "There he is" -- Every last Anglo-Saxon one of you -- The verdict of the world -- Protest politics -- Killing Emmett Till -- Epilogue: the children of Emmett Till.
"The event that launched the civil rights movement--the 1955 lynching of young Emmett Till--now reexamined by an award-winning author with access to never-before-heard accounts from those involved as well as recently recovered court transcripts from the trial,"--NoveList.

Where do we go from here : chaos or community?

February 8, 2017
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968.
Boston : Beacon Press, ©2010.
xxiv, 223 pages ; 23 cm.
Originally published: 1968.
Where are we? -- Black power -- Racism and the white backlash -- The dilemma of Negro Americans -- Where we are going -- The world house.
From the Publisher: In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., isolated himself from the demands of the civil rights movement, rented a house in Jamaica with no telephone, and labored over his final manuscript. In this important work, which has been unavailable for more than ten years, we find King's acute analysis of American race relations and the state of the movement after a decade of civil rights efforts. King lays out his thoughts, plans, and dreams for America's future, including the need for better jobs, higher wages, decent housing, and quality education. Today, as African American communities stand to lose more wealth than any other demographic during this economic crisis, King's call for economic equality and sustainability is especially pertinent. With a universal message of hope that continues to resonate, King demanded an end to global suffering, asserting that humankind-for the first time-has the resources and technology to eradicate poverty.

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black liberation

February 6, 2017
Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta, author.
Chicago, Illinois : Haymarket Books, [2016]
270 pages ; 22 cm
Black awakening in Obama's America -- A culture of racism -- From civil rights to colorblind -- Black faces in high places -- The double standard of justice -- Barack Obama : the end of an illusion -- Black Lives Matter : a movement, not a moment -- From #BlackLivesMatter to Black liberation.
"Activist and scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality such as mass incarceration and Black unemployment. In this context, she argues that this new struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader push for Black liberation"--Front flap.

Rest in power : the enduring life of Trayvon Martin

February 6, 2017
Fulton, Sybrina, 1966- author.
xiii, 331 pages ; 25 cm
Sybrina : Our Lives Before -- Tracy : February 26, 2012-February 27, 2012 -- Sybrina : February 27, 2012 -- Tracy : February 27, 2012-March 8, 2012 -- Sybrina : February 27, 2012-March 8, 2012 -- Tracy : February 29, 2012-March 9, 2012 -- Sybrina : March 9, 2012-March 16, 2012 -- Tracy : March 16, 2012-March 21, 2012 -- Sybrina : March 22, 2012--March 26, 2012 -- Tracy : March 27, 2012-July 6, 2012 -- Sybrina : March 12, 2013-July 27, 2013 -- Tracy : June 28, 2013-July 10, 2013 -- Sybrina : July 12, 2013.
"In alternating chapters, Trayvon Martin's parents tell of their son's tragically foreshortened life. They provide insights into the cruel unresponsiveness of the police and hostility of the legal system, and describe their efforts to bring meaning, redemption and justice to his short life. Their voices launched a movement that would change the nation."--Adapted from book jacket.

Talking back, talking Black : truths about America's Lingua Franca

February 6, 2017
McWhorter, John H.
New York : Bellevue Literary Press, 2017.
190 pages ; 20 cm
It's complicated -- What do you mean "sounds Black"? -- But they can't talk that way at a job interview! -- Speaking Black or speaking minstrel? -- Through a lens darkly?
"In his first book devoted solely to the form, structure, and development of Black English, John McWhorter clearly explains its fundamentals and rich history, while carefully examining the cultural, educational, and political issues that have undermined recognition of this transformative, empowering dialect."--Page [4] of cover.

True south : Henry Hampton and eyes on the prize, the landmark television series that reframed the civil rights movement

January 31, 2017
Else, Jon, 1944- author.
New York, New York : Viking, [2017]
404 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Cave painting: 1940-68 -- Racism is like a loaded gun: 1968-78 -- America, we loved you madly: 1978-82 -- Last visionary standing: 1983-85 -- The revolution will be televised: 1985 -- Mother ship -- Not the other man's county: fall 1985 -- On the road: 1985-86 -- Mississippi goddamn: 1963, 1964, 1985 -- Crossroads: 1964 -- Emmett Till's hometown: winter 1985 -- Hunter-gatherers: winter 1985-86 -- True south? -- Messy history: 1986 -- The Selma show: 1986 -- It's our flag too: 1986 -- A great story -- A great healing machine: 1987 -- Will the circle be unbroken: 1998 -- Freedom is a constant struggle: 1998-2017 -- Epilogue.
Presents the inside story of the making of one of the most important and influential TV shows in history and of its legacy as the film that reframed the entire history of the Civil Rights movement permanently.

My life, my love, my legacy

January 27, 2017
King, Coretta Scott, 1927-2006, author.
viii, 356 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
We don't have time to cry -- A sense of belonging -- I have something to offer -- A brave soldier -- Time itself was ready -- The winds of change -- I will never turn back -- Pushed to the breaking point -- I've been called by God, too -- So evil only God could change it -- I have a dream -- Heartbreak knocked, faith answered -- Securing the right to vote was a blood covenant -- Moral concerns know no geographic boundary -- I don't want you to grieve for me -- With a prayer in my heart, I could greet the morning -- My fifth child -- We must learn to disagree without being disagreeable -- Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere -- Happy birthday, Martin -- Our children -- I will count it all joy.
"The life story of Coretta Scott King--wife of Martin Luther King Jr., founder of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and singular twentieth-century American civil rights activist--as told fully for the first time, toward the end of her life, to one of her closest friends."--Provided by publisher.

Kerry James Marshall : mastry

January 24, 2017
Marshall, Kerry James, 1955- artist, author.
280 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm
This book is published on the occasion of the exhibition organized by and held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (April 23-September 25, 2016); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (October 25, 2016-January 29, 2017); and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (March 12-July 2, 2017).
Foreword / Madeleine Grynsztejn -- Directors' acknowledgments / Thomas P. Campbell, Madeleine Grynsztejn, Philippe Vergne -- Curators' acknowledgments / Ian Alteveer, Helen Molesworth, Dieter Roelstraete -- A different light : Kerry James Marshall's western exposure / Ian Alteveer -- Thinking of a Mastr Plan : Kerry James Marshall and the Museum / Helen Molesworth -- Visible man : Kerry James Marshall, realist / Dieter Roelstraete -- Black lives, matter / Lanka Tattersall -- Shall I compare thee ...? / Kerry James Marshall -- Plates, with catalogue entries by Anna Katz, Karsten Lund, Abigail Winograd -- Writings by Kerry James Marshall, 2000-15 -- Artist's biography -- Kerry James Marshall selects : works from the Metropolitan Museum of Art -- Lenders to the exhibition -- Exhibition sponsors -- Contributors -- Index -- Credits -- Rythm Mastr : Selections.
This long-awaited volume celebrates the work of Kerry James Marshall, one of America's greatest living painters. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been an inspired and imaginative chronicler of the African American experience. Best known for large-scale interiors, landscapes, and portraits featuring powerful black figures, Marshall explores narratives of African American history from slave ships to the present and draws upon his deep knowledge of art history from the Renaissance to twentieth-century abstraction, as well as other sources such as the comic book and the muralist tradition. With luscious color and brushstrokes and highly detailed patterning, his direct and intimate scenes of black middle-class life conjure a wide range of emotions, resulting in powerful paintings that confront the position of African Americans throughout American history. Richly illustrated, this monumental book features essays by noted curators as well as the artist, and more than 100 paintings from throughout the artist's career arranged thematically by subject: history painting; beauty, as expressed through the nude, portraiture, and self-portraiture; landscape; religion; and the politics of black nationalism. Exhibition: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA (23.04-09.09.2016) / Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA (09.2016-01.2017) / Museum of Contemporary, Los Angeles, USA (spring 2017).

One last word : wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance

January 20, 2017
Grimes, Nikki, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2017.
120 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
"In this collection of poetry, Nikki Grimes looks afresh at the poets of the Harlem Renaissance -- including voices like Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, and many more writers of importance and resonance from this era -- by combining their work with her own original poetry. Using "The Golden Shovel" poetic method, Grimes has written a collection of poetry that is as gorgeous as it is thought-provoking. This special book also includes original artwork in full-color from some of today's most exciting African American illustrators, who have created pieces of art based on Nikki's original poems. Featuring art by: Cozbi Cabrera, R. Gregory Christie, Pat Cummings, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Nikki Grimes, E. B. Lewis, Frank Morrison, Brian Pinkney, Sean Qualls, James Ransome, Javaka Steptoe, Shadra Strickland, and Elizabeth Zunon. A foreword, an introduction to the history of the Harlem Renaissance, author's note, poet biographies, and index makes this not only a book to cherish, but a wonderful resource and reference as well"-- Provided by publisher.

The past that would not die

January 20, 2017
Lord, Walter, 1917-2002.
New York : Harper & Row, c1965.
275 pages : map ; 22 cm
Chapter 1-"The Worst Thing I've Seen in 45 Years" -- Chapter 2-"Lest We Forget, Lest We Forget"-Chapter 3-"We Shall Overcome"-Chapter 4-"You Are Obligated to Defy It"-Chapter 5-"In the Eerie Atmosphere of Never- Never Land"-Chapter 6-"Your've Just Got to Keep Going Back"-Chapter 7-"Ross's Standin' Like Gibraltar; He Shall Never Falter-Chapter 8-"Bring Your Flags, Your Tents and Your Skillets"-Chapter 9-"I Always Wondered What it Would be Like to Go to War"-Chapter 10-"You and I are Part of This World, Whether We Like it Or Not"-Acknowledgements-Written Source Material -Index.

Black Hollywood : from butlers to superheroes, the changing role of African American men in the movies

January 20, 2017
Fain, Kimberly, 1974-
Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, an imprint of ABC-Clio, Llc, [2015]
xxi, 251 pages ; 25 cm
Introduction: appropriation, exploitation, and agency of black performers in Hollywood -- Black images from the Jim Crow era to the McCarthy era of blacklisting. 1910s: whites in blackface and the sexually depraved black Mandingo-The birth of a nation -- 1920s: Oscar Micheaux's response to blackface and D.W. Griffith -- 1930s: the Hays Moral Code and Jim Crow-The emperor Jones and Gone with the wind -- 1940s: Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Lincoln "Stepin Fetchit" Perry: black servants in musicals and comedies -- 1950s: McCarthyism and blacklisting: Canada Lee and Paul Robeson -- Black images from the apex of the civil rights era to the age of Barack Obama -- 1960s: token black actors in the civil rights age: Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte -- 1970s: blaxploitation: preachers, pimps, pushers, and players -- 1980s: black comedians rule: in the age of Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor -- 1990s: gangsta rappers transcend music: Ice Cube, Ice-T, DMX, Nas, and 2pac -- 2000s: black icons: control, agency, and self-appropriation: Spike Lee, Tyler Perry and Will Smith -- 2010s: black power Hollywood: In the age of Obama's hope and change -- Conclusion.
Fain examines the dehumanizing depictions of black males in the movies since 1910, analyzing images that were once imposed on black men and are now appropriated and manipulated by them. She discusses the social, historical, and literary evolution of African American male roles in the cinema, and analyzes the various black images presented each decade from blackface, Sambo, and Mandingo stereotypes to archetypal figures such as God, superheroes, and the president.


January 19, 2017
New York : Greenhaven Publishing, 2017.
200 pages ; 24 cm.
Chapter 1: Should Countries with Legacies of Civil Rights Injustices Compensate the Descendants of Those They Have Violated?. Reparations Have No Rational Basis in Present Day U.S. Society / David Horowitz -- Former Colonialist Powers Owe Assistance to Their Former Colonies / Tim Lockley -- Victimized States Need Compensation From Those Who Have Reaped the Benefit / Henry Theriault -- Immigrants Deserve Reparations and Open Borders / Joel Newman -- Indigenous Reconciliation Fosters Healing / Sarah Maddison -- Chapter 2: Does Implementation of Reparations Achieve a Satisfactory Solution? Reparations Are Excessively Burdensome and Counterproductive Boundless -- Violent Non-state Entities Should be Forced to Pay Reparations to Their Victims / Luke Moffett -- Apology-based Reparations Signal Empathy Not Responsibility / Nellie Green -- Condolence Payments Are Politically Expedient but Imperfect / Cora Currier -- Legal Reparations Insufficiently Settle Moral Debts to Neighboring Countries / Yuka Fujioka -- Chapter 3: What Form Should Reparations Take? Reparations Would Remedy White Supremacy in America / David Schraub -- Reparations Are an Insult to African Americans / Stefan Spath -- We Need More Holistic Understanding of Reparations / Cecilia Cissell Lucas -- A Correspondence Model of Reparations Does not Fully Redress Historical Injustice / Sara Amighetti and Alasia Nuti -- Money Won't Compensate the Theft of Sacred Land / Francine Uenuma and Mike Fritz -- Chapter 4: Should Later Generations Be Blamed for Injustices of the Distant Past? Acknowledge the Past to Build a Better Future / Barack Obama -- Truth Commissions Force a Reckoning with the Past / Ken Butigan -- Forgetting Is not the Same as Forgiving / Glenn Bracey -- We Did not Commit the Wrongs that Haunt Native Americans Today / Kevin Gover -- We Are All Responsible for the Past / Ken Taylor.

Around the way girls 10

January 19, 2017
410 pages ; 21 cm
Not with my man / Ms. Michel Moore -- The ultimate revenge / Marlon P.S. White -- Cutthroat divas / Racquel Williams.
Depressed Katara tries suicide, but winds up with a worse fate; abused Shay vows never to be hurt again; and three women, Ajanay, Sheika, and London, try to use their bodies to escape from one of Richmonds most ruthless housing projects.

The March against Fear : the last great walk of the civil rights movement and the emergence of Black power

January 12, 2017
Bausum, Ann, author.
143 pages : black & white illustrations, map ; 24 cm
"Mississippi. 1966. On a hot June afternoon an African-American man named James Meredith set out to walk through his home state, intending to fight racism and fear with his feet. A seemingly simple plan, but one teeming with risk. Just one day later Meredith was shot and wounded in a roadside ambush. Within twenty-four hours, Martin Luther King, Jr., Stokely Carmichael, and other civil rights leaders had taken up Meredith's cause, determined to overcome this violent act and complete Meredith's walk. The stakes were high--there was no time for advance planning and their route cut through dangerous territory. No one knew if they would succeed. By many measures the March Against Fear became one of the greatest protests of the civil rights era. But it was also one of the last, and the campaign has been largely forgotten. Critically acclaimed author Ann Bausum brings this crucial turning point of civil rights history back to life, escorting you along the dusty Mississippi roads where heroic marchers endured violence, rage, and fear as they walked more than 200 miles in the name of equality and justice."--Provided by publisher.

The breakthrough : politics and race in the age of Obama

January 12, 2017
Ifill, Gwen.
New York : Anchor Books, 2009.
300 pages ; 21 cm
"With a new afterword"--Cover.
Breaking through -- The generational divide -- Barack Obama -- The race/gender clash -- Artur Davis -- Legacy politics -- Cory Booker -- The politics of identity -- Deval Patrick -- The next wave.
The Breakthrough is a remarkable look at contemporary politics and an essential foundation for understanding the future of American democracy in the age of Obama.

Brown v. Board of Education : a fight for simple justice

January 9, 2017
Rubin, Susan Goldman, author.
New York : Holiday House, 2016.
134 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Introduction : what is segregation? -- Challenging the law -- Linda Carol Brown -- Children are craving light -- Stand together -- Lasting injury -- Student strike! -- Playing for keeps -- Mad at everyone -- "We are all American" -- In the minds of children -- Helping make history -- We knew we were right -- We, too, are equal -- The greatest victory -- how things worked in America -- Epilogue : the fight goes on.
"In 1954, one of the most significant Supreme Court decisions of the twentieth Century aimed to end school segregation in the United States. Although known as Brown v. Board of Education, the ruling applied not just to the case of Linda Carol Brown, an African American third grader refused entry to an all-white Topeka, Kansas school, but to cases involving children in South Carolina, Delaware, Virginia, and Washington, DC"--Dust jacket flap.

Competition in the Promised Land : black migrants in northern cities and labor markets

January 6, 2017
Boustan, Leah Platt, author.
xv, 197 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
" From 1940 to 1970, nearly four million black migrants left the American rural South to settle in the industrial cities of the North and West. Competition in the Promised Land provides a comprehensive account of the long-lasting effects of the influx of black workers on labor markets and urban space in receiving areas. Traditionally, the Great Black Migration has been lauded as a path to general black economic progress. Leah Boustan challenges this view, arguing instead that the migration produced winners and losers within the black community. Boustan shows that migrants themselves gained tremendously, more than doubling their earnings by moving North. But these new arrivals competed with existing black workers, limiting black-white wage convergence in Northern labor markets and slowing black economic growth. Furthermore, many white households responded to the black migration by relocating to the suburbs. White flight was motivated not only by neighborhood racial change but also by the desire on the part of white residents to avoid local public services and fiscal obligations in increasingly diverse cities. Employing historical census data and state-of-the-art econometric methods, Competition in the Promised Land revises our understanding of the Great Black Migration and its role in the transformation of American society. "-- Provided by publisher.

Misty Copeland

January 5, 2017
Delman, Gregg, photographer.
New York : Rizzoli, [2016]
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color portraits ; 30 cm

Drama in the Bahamas : Muhammad Ali's last fight

January 5, 2017
Hannigan, Dave.
198 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
What happens in Vegas -- The sweet science of fraud -- The boy who learned to fight at Gitmo -- The talk of Tinseltown -- Searching for the fountain of youth -- Doctors differ, patient continues to fight -- If you build it... -- Trouble in Paradise Island -- The financial make weight -- For whom the cowbell tolls -- Separating the dancer from the dance -- Farewell to the king -- Of gods and monsters.
"On December 11, 1981, Muhammad Ali slumped on a chair in the cramped, windowless locker room of a municipal baseball field outside Nassau. A phalanx of sportswriters had pushed and shoved their way into this tiny, breeze-blocked space. In this most unlikely of settings, they had come to record the last moments of the most storied of all boxing careers. They had come to intrude upon the grief. "It's over," mumbled Ali. "It's over." The show that had entertained and wowed from Zaire to Dublin, from Hamburg to Manila, finally ended its twenty-one-year run, the last performance not so much off-Broadway, more amateur theatre in the boondocks. In Drama in the Bahamas, Dave Hannigan tells the occasionally poignant, often troubling, yet always entertaining story behind Ali's last bout. Through interviews with many of those involved, he discovers exactly how and why, a few weeks short of his fortieth birthday, a seriously diminished Ali stepped through the ropes one more time to get beaten up by Trevor Berbick. "Two billion people will be conscious of my fight," said Ali, trotting out the old braggadocio about an event so lacking in luster that a cow bell was pressed in to service to signal the start and end of each round. How had it come to this? Why was he still boxing? Hannigan answers those questions and many more, offering a unique and telling glimpse into the most fascinating sportsman of the twentieth century in the last, strange days of his fistic life."-- Provided by publisher.


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