New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

September 30, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

US (a.)

September 29, 2015
Williams, Saul, author.
New York : Gallery Books/MTV Books, 2015.
257 pages : illustration ; 18 cm

Black leaders on Black leadership : conversations with Julian Bond

September 29, 2015
Leffler, Phyllis K.
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
xxvi, 353 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Defining self: oral history, story-telling, and leadership -- Families: extended and fictive kin, racial socialization, diligence -- Education: caring communities -- Networks: role models, mentors, organizations -- Law and social change: catalyst for leadership -- The civil rights movement: grassroots leadership -- Leadership lessons.

Ezzard Charles : a boxing life

September 28, 2015
Dettloff, William.
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2015]
x, 221 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
"For Ezzard Charles--one of boxing's most skilled practitioners, with a record of 93-25-1 (52 KO)--recognition took decades. This first-ever biography of "The Cincinnati Cobra" covers his early life in a small country town and his career in the glamorously dirty business of prizefighting in the 1950s, one of the sport's Golden Ages"-- Provided by publisher.

Major Taylor : the inspiring story of a black cyclist and the men who helped him achieve worldwide fame

September 23, 2015
Kerber, Conrad, author.
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2014]
xii, 418 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"In the wake of the Tour de France's fallen heroes, the story of one of history's most legendary cyclists provides a much-needed antidote. In 1907 the world's most popular athlete was not Cy Young or Ty Cobb. Rather, he was a black bicycle racer named "Major" Taylor. In his day, Taylor became a spiritual and athletic idol. He was the fastest man in America and a champion who prevailed over unspeakable cruelty. The men who aided him were among the most colorful to emerge from the era. When hotel and restaurant operators denied Taylor food and lodgings, forcing him to sleep in horse stables and to race hungry, there was a benevolent racer-turned-trainer named Birdie Munger, who took Taylor under his wing and into his home. Then along came Arthur Zimmerman, an internationally famous bike racer, who gently mentored Taylor when some riders drew the color line and refused to race against him. Taylor's manager, pugnacious Irishman and famed Broadway producer William Brady, stood up for him when track owners tried barring him from competition. From the Old World came a rakishly handsome, mustachioed sports promoter named Victor Breyer, who lured Taylor overseas for a dramatic, Seabiscuit versus War Admiral-like match race that would be widely remembered a century later"--Jacket.

The long emancipation : the demise of slavery in the United States

September 21, 2015
Berlin, Ira, 1941- author.
227 pages ; 19 cm.
The near century-long demise of slavery -- Sounding the egalitarian clarion -- The bloody struggle endures -- Coda : free at last.

Black man in a white coat : a doctor's reflections on race and medicine

September 17, 2015
Tweedy, Damon, author.
294 pages ; 25 cm
Disparities. People like us ; Baby mamas ; Charity care ; Inner-city blues -- Barriers. Confronting hate ; When doctors discriminate ; The color of HIV/AIDS -- Perseverance. Matching ; Doing the right thing ; Beyond race.
"When Damon Tweedy first enters the halls of Duke University Medical School on a full scholarship, he envisions a bright future where his segregated, working class background will become largely irrelevant. Instead, he finds that he has joined a new world where race is front and center. When one of his first professors mistakes him for a maintenance worker, it is a moment that crystallizes the challenges he will face throughout his early career. Making matters worse, in lecture after lecture the common refrain for numerous diseases resounds, "More common in blacks than whites." In riveting, honest prose, Black Man in a White Coat examines the complex ways in which both black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and medicine. As Tweedy transforms from student to practicing physician, he discovers how often race influences his encounters with patients. Through their stories, he illustrates the complex social, cultural, and economic factors at the root of most health problems in the black community. These elements take on greater meaning when Tweedy finds himself diagnosed with a chronic disease far more common among black people. In this powerful, moving, and compassionate book, Tweedy deftly explores the challenges confronting black doctors, and the disproportionate health burdens faced by black patients, ultimately seeking a way forward to better treatment and more compassionate care.- For readers of Atul Gawande, Sandeep Jauhar, Pauline W. Chen, and Henrietta Lacks"-- Provided by publisher.

Big Freedia : God save the queen diva!

September 17, 2015
Big Freedia, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
262 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"From the eponymous star of the most popular reality show in Fuse TVs history, this no-holds-barred memoir tells the story of a gay, self-proclaimed mama's boy who exploded onto the formerly underground Bounce music scene--a hip-hop subgenre--and found acceptance, healing, self-expression, and stardom"

Showdown : Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court nomination that changed America

September 15, 2015
Haygood, Wil, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
viii, 404 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Prologue -- Day One: Thursday, July 13, 1967 -- Day Two: Friday, July 14, 1967 -- Day Three: Tuesday, July 18, 1967 -- Day Four: Wednesday, July 19, 1967 -- Day Five: Monday, july 24, 1967 -- Post-Hearing: July 25-August 30, 7967 -- Confirmation: September 1, 1967 -- Epilogue.
"The author of The Butler presents a revelatory biography of the first African-American Supreme Court justice--one of the giants of the civil rights movement, and one of the most transforming Supreme Court justices of the 20th century,"--Novelist.

Negroland : a memoir

September 11, 2015
Jefferson, Margo, 1947- author.
248 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
"At once incendiary and icy, mischievous, and provocative, celebratory and elegiac, a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, and American culture through the prism of the author's rarefied upbringing and education among a black elite concerned to distance itself from whites and the black generality, while tirelessly measuring itself against both. Born in 1947 in upper-crust black Chicago--her father was for years head of pediatrics at Provident, at the time the nation's oldest black hospital; her mother was a socialite-- Margo Jefferson has spent most of her life among (call them what you will) the colored aristocracy, the colored elite, the blue-vein society. Since the nineteenth century they have stood apart, these inhabitants of Negroland, "a small region of Negro America where residents were sheltered by a certain amount of privilege and plenty." Reckoning with the strictures and demands of Negroland at crucial historical moments-- the civil rights movement, the dawn of feminism, the fallacy of post-racial America-- Jefferson brilliantly charts the twists and turns of a life informed by psychological and moral contradictions. Aware as it is of heart-wrenching despair and depression, this book is a triumphant paean to the grace of perseverance."-- Provided by publisher.

Show me a hero : a tale of murder, suicide, race, and redemption

September 3, 2015
Belkin, Lisa, 1960- author.
xvii, 347 pages ; 21 cm
Issues facing public housing in Yonkers and the people who live with the results.


September 1, 2015
Cross, Keef.
Greenbelt, MD : Rosarium Pub, 2015-
v. : chiefly ill. (some color) ; 26 cm
Beneath the polluted clouds of DayBlack, Georgia, exists a murderer. After hundreds of years of killing to survive, he no longer wants to simply exist...he wants to live. DayBlack is the story of Merce, a former slave who was bitten by a vampire in the cotton fields. Four hundred years later, he works as a tattoo artist in the small town of DayBlack. The town has a sky so dense with pollution that the sun is nowhere to be seen, allowing Merce to move about freely, night or day. Even darker than the clouds are the dreams he's been having that are causing him to fall asleep at the most awkward times (even while he's tattooing someone). As he struggles to decipher his dreams, someone from his past returns with plans for him—plans that will threaten his new way of life and turn him back into the cold-hearted killer he once was.

The face that changed it all

August 25, 2015
Johnson, Beverly, 1952-
New York : Atria Books, [2015]
ix, 244, pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Who's that girl? -- Smile -- Girl on fire -- New York, New York -- The goal -- Friends and foes -- Naomi -- "Sex, drugs, and rock and roll" -- "Darling, you should always wear red!" -- The distinguished gentleman -- What's love got to do with it? -- If it isn't love? -- The other shoe drops -- Bob Marley, the Devil, and me -- Doing bad all by myself -- Mr .Cosby -- Iron Mike and real Fresh Prince of Bel-Air -- Victory is mine!
In her revelatory and redemptive memoir, Beverly Johnson, the first African American supermodel to grace the cover of Vogue, recounts her career in her own passionate and deeply honest voice. She chronicles her childhood as a studious, and sometimes bullied, bookworm during the sixties. She left college to pursue modeling and a successful three-decade career followed. Amid glamorous tales of the hard partying of the 1970s and Hollywood during the eighties, she details her many encounters and friendships with the likes of Jackie Kennedy, Halston, Calvin Klein, Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, Eddie Murphy, Jack Nicholson, Keith Richards, and Warren Beatty. But she also reveals the demons she wrestled with--her struggles with racism, drug addiction, and an abusive marriage followed by divorce proceedings which tested her fortitude and sanity. She shares for the first time intimate details surrounding her love affair with the late tennis icon Arthur Ashe, and pays homage to her mentor, the late Naomi Sims, while lifting the veil off the complicated and often tense relationships among models. Familiar names from the catwalk, such as Pat Cleveland and Iman, illustrate how each had to fight not just the system, but each other, in order to survive. More than five hundred magazine covers later, Johnson is now a successful businesswoman, actress, women's advocate, and philanthropist. This no-holds-barred look at the lives of the rich, fabulous, and famous is also a story of failure and success in the upper echelons of the fashion world, and how Beverly Johnson emerged from her struggles smarter, happier, and stronger than ever.--Adapted from book jacket.

The monkey on my back : a memoir : breaking a generational curse

August 24, 2015
Morgan, Debbi, 1956- author.
New York : Infinite Words, 2015.
418 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm
A deeply personal memoir spanning three generations of women, this is the intimate autobiography of Emmy Award winning actress Debbi Morgan, best known as Angie Hubbard on the long-running soap opera All My Children.

First man : reimagining Matthew Henson

August 17, 2015
Schwartz, Simon, 1982-
Minneapolis : Graphic Universe, 2015.
160 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
In this graphic novel, Simon Schwartz weaves biography and fiction together to explore the life of Arctic adventurer Matthew Henson. Moving between different time periods and incorporating Inuit mythology, Schwartz offers fresh perspective on the many challenges Henson confronted during his life. As a member of early missions to reach the North Pole, Henson braved subzero temperatures and shifting sea ice. As an African American at the turn of the twentieth century, he also faced harassment and prejudice. Henson won a place on Arctic expeditions through skill and determination--though he didn't receive the same credit as his teammates. He also won the respect of the native peoples he met during his journeys--though he couldn't prevent the harm that the expeditions caused them. More than a biography, First Man: Reimagining Matthew Henson is an artistic homage to Henson's accomplishments and the complicated realities of being a trailblazer in a society that didn't recognize black men as equals.

From King to Obama : witness to a turbulent history : a memoir

August 14, 2015
Hutchinson, Earl Ofari.
243 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.

Stars in the sky : stories of the first African American flight attendants

August 14, 2015
Grant, Casey.
Shelbyville, KY : Wasteland Press, c2014.
145 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"In all of the stories about aviation and its history, the stories of the first African American stewardesses have been left untold and unknown. We first took to the skies when flying was glamorous and exclusive, when little girls dreamt of being stewardesses, models, or movie stars. We rubbed elbows with the elite and traveled the world when few others could. We flew as pioneers in a global society long before the times of the Internet and globalizaiton. We also kept our heads high, facing down racial prejudice and discrimination. We lived as stars of the sky. I was one of the first African American stewardesses for Delta Air Lines, and I worked alongside other pioneers for almost thrity-five years as co-adventureres and friends. This book tells my story and theirs."--Author's notes.

Suga wata : a memoir

August 13, 2015
Cooper, Arshay, author.
Minneapolis, MN : Wise Ink Creative Publishing, [2015]
248 pages ; 22 cm
"The affluent world of crew is rocked by the first all-black high school rowing team in the country. Out of their neglected neighborhood, a group of young men emerge to show that there are new heroes and bonds that can be found amidst the noise and chaos of the Westside of Chicago. Led by a kind but determined benefactor and an inspired team captain, the Manley crew team must overcome obstacles to discover what it really means to succeed"--Page 4 of cover.

That's Muhammad Ali's brother! : my life on the undercard

July 21, 2015
Ali, Rahaman, 1940- author.
New York, NY : Page Publishing ; 2015.
163 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm

One righteous man : Samuel Battle and the shattering of the color line in New York

July 20, 2015
Browne, Arthur, 1950-
Boston : Beacon Press, [2015]
ix, 318 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Quest -- Struggle -- Betrayed -- Command -- Respect -- Forgotten.
"A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist presents a history of African Americans in New York City from the 1910 to 1960 as told through the life of the city's first black police officer who, fearing his racist colleagues just as much as the criminal element, became an unheralded figure in the fight for civil rights,"--Novelist.

Between the world and me

July 16, 2015
Coates, Ta-Nehisi, author.
New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2015]
152 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage of his life, he's sought in his explorations of history answers to the mysteries that surrounded him--most urgently, why he, and other black people he knew, seemed to live in fear ... In [this book], Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings--moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race, whether through his myth-busting professors at Howard University, a trip to a Civil War battlefield with a rogue historian, a journey to Chicago's South Side to visit aging survivors of 20th century America's 'long war on black people,' or a visit with the mother of a beloved friend who was shot down by the police"-- Provided by publisher.

The flavor of favor : quest for the American dream : a memoir

July 16, 2015
Olawale, Emmanuel, 1977- author.
366 pages ; 23 cm
"This memoir is an inspirational story of an African immigrant and his journey from his country of birth, Nigeria to his dream country, the United States. Olawale tells a gripping story of a child raised in an economically unstable environment, in which his parents tried desperately to shield him from the reality of the changing times. However, at the age of fourteen he started seeking a way out of penury by secretly doing odd jobs without his parents' knowledge. By the age of twenty, he immigrated to the United States and began the pursuit of the American dream with the belief that the United States was the "promised land" and that with hard work and dedication, he will succeed. He worked multiple jobs, juggling two to three jobs while also trying to obtain a college degree. He struggled to adapt in his newly adopted homeland as he lost one job after another, experienced prejudice and social isolation. The dreamland was rapidly becoming the land of nightmare. Yet, he was grounded by his faith and comforted by the hope of a better future in this land of opportunities. Olawale details the experience of a young immigrant growing up in a world that was rapidly changing and in which he has to either fend for himself to survive or fail woefully. He eventually graduated from college with honors and subsequently earned a law degree. He became an attorney and was nominated as a candidate for judge by a major political party in the United States. It is a story of faith, faithfulness, determination, discipline and survival in spite of the odds."

Daisy Turner's kin : an African American family saga

July 15, 2015
Beck, Jane C., 1941- author.
295 pages : illustrations, genealogical table, maps, portraits ; 24 cm.
The Turner narrative and memory -- Meeting Daisy -- African roots -- Jack Gouldin and Robert Berkeley -- Plantation life -- Civil War -- Postwar -- Vermont -- Journey's end -- Daisy's last years -- Appendix. turner family genealogical chart.
"A daughter of freed African American slaves, Daisy Turner became a living repository of history. The family narrative entrusted to her-- "a well-polished artifact, an heirloom that had been carefully preserved"-- began among the Yoruba in West Africa and continued with her own long lifetime. In 1983, folklorist Jane Beck began to interview Turner, then one hundred years old and still relating four generations of oral history"--Page 4 of cover.

Jean-Michel Basquiat : now's the time

July 13, 2015
Basquiat, Jean-Michel, 1960-1988, artist.
227 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm.
Published to coincide with the exhibition of the same name held at the Art Gallery of Ontario, February 7-May 10, 2015.
Foreword / Matthew Teitelbaum -- Against all odds / Dieter Buchhart -- Works. Street -- Heroes -- Reclaiming histories -- Collaborations -- Mirrored -- Dualities -- Sampling and scratching -- Provocations -- Essays. Greatest hits / Glenn O'Brien -- Black and white all over / Francesco Pellizzi -- The fragmented self / Olivier Berggruen -- Basquiat today / Franklin Sirmans -- J.M.B.'s dehistories / Christian Campbell -- Chronology / Frankllin Sirmans.

Keep on fighting : the life and civil rights legacy of Marian A. Spencer

July 10, 2015
Christenson, Dorothy H., 1938-
Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, [2015]
xix, 172 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Part I. A remarkable family in twentieth-century Gallipolis, Ohio -- The Alexander family -- Education and voting -- School days -- Part II. Becoming a citizen activist -- Cincinnati, another world -- The University of Cincinnati -- A lifetime partner -- Marriage, family, and the YWCA -- Homeownership, new part-time job -- Woman's city club and fellowship house -- Part III. Family life -- New career -- Family values and celebrations -- Family travels; at home and abroad -- Fox Lake -- Personal journeys -- Part IV. Desegregation suits and continuing battles -- Coney Island -- School segregation -- Cincinnati City Council -- Fair housing -- Reproductive rights -- Voting rights -- National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

The hands of peace

July 9, 2015
Ingram, Marione, author.
xii, 177 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"A Holocaust survivor's fight for civil rights in the American South"--Book jacket.
"Born in Hamburg in the 1930s, Marione Ingram survived the Holocaust in Nazi Germany, only to find when she came to the United States that racism was as pervasive in the American South as anti-Semitism was in Europe. Moving first to New York and then to Washington, DC, Marione joined the burgeoning civil rights movement, protesting discrimination in housing, employment, education, and other aspects of life in the nation's capital, including the denial of voting rights. She was a volunteer in the legendary March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech, and she was an organizer of an extended sit-in to support the Mississippi Freedom Party. In 1964, at the urging of civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer, Marione went south to Mississippi. There, she worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and taught African American youth at one of the country's controversial freedom schools. With her boldness came threats--white supremacists made ominous calls and left a blazing cross in front of her school--and an arrest and conviction. She narrowly escaped a three-month prison sentence. As a white woman and a Holocaust escapee, Marione was perhaps the most unlikely of heroes in the American civil rights movement; and yet, her core belief in the equality of all people, regardless of race or religion, did not waver and she refused to be quieted, refused to accept bigotry. This empowering, true story offers a rare up close view of the civil rights movement. It is a story of conviction and courage--a reminder of how far the rights movement has come and the progress that still needs to be made."--Page 2 of book jacket.


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