New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

January 27, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Reach : 40 black men speak on living, leading, and succeeding

January 26, 2015
New York : Atria Books, [2015]
xxv, 275 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
In this timely and important collection of personal essays, black men from all walks of life share their inspiring stories and how each, in his own way, became a source of hope for his community and country.

Taking on Theodore Roosevelt : how one senator defied the president on Brownsville and shook American politics

January 26, 2015
Lembeck, Harry, 1944-
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2015.
544 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustraions ; 24 cm
The iron of the wound enters the soul itself -- "They ate shooting us up" -- A special request -- On the ground -- A more aggressive attitude -- The education of the Rough Riders and the wizard -- Roosevelt does justice -- Friends of the administration -- These are my jewels -- Two sets of affidavits -- Between two stools -- Grim-visaged war -- Strange fruit -- A different burden of proof -- Cordial cooperation -- Most implicit faith -- What did happen at that Gridiron dinner -- First-class color men -- Greatest Shepherd -- The soldiers' patron and patronage -- Other coalitions, other fronts -- A face to grace the White House -- Brownsville ghouls -- "Do you care to say anything on the subject?" -- An act of treason -- Roosevelt fatigue -- "Not one particle of regret".

The life of Bessie Coleman : first African-American woman pilot

January 22, 2015
Plantz, Connie, author.
Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, Inc., [2015]
96 pages : portraits ; 24 cm
Originally published: Bessie Coleman. Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, 2001.
Flying with a purpose -- Growing up southern -- Seeking independence -- Passing the test -- Showing off -- Crashing in California -- Taking charge -- Gambling with death -- Searching for the truth -- Leading the way.


January 21, 2015
Lewis, John, 1940 February 21-
Marietta, GA : Top Shelf Productions, 2013-
v. : chiefly ill. ; 24 cm.
John Lewis's autobiographical account of his lifelong battle for civil rights for all Americans.

Seeds of freedom : the peaceful integration of Huntsville, Alabama

January 21, 2015
Bass, Hester, 1956-
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2015.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm

All eyes are upon us : race and politics from Boston to Brooklyn

January 19, 2015
Sokol, Jason.
New York : Basic Books, [2014]
xxvi, 385 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction: The Northern Mystique -- Part I: North of Jim Crow -- 1. And to Think That It Happened in Springfield : Pioneering Pluralism, Practicing Segregation (1939-1945) -- 2. Something in the Air : Jackie Robinson's Brooklyn (1947-1957) -- 3. "If We Were Segregationists" : The Struggle to Integrate Northeastern Schools (1957-1965) -- Part II: Forerunners -- 4. The Color-Blind Commonwealth? : The Election of Edward Brooke (1966) -- 5. Shirley Chisholm's Place : Winning New York's 12th Congressional District (1968) -- Part III: Mirrors -- 6. "The North is Guilty" : Abraham Ribicoff's Crusade (1970) -- 7. "This Bedeviling Busing Business" : The Long 1970s, the Trials of Edward Brooke, and the Fall of the North (1968-1979) -- Part IV: The Death and Life of the North -- 8. A Tale of Two Hartfords : Politics and Poverty in a Land of Plenty (1980-1987) -- 9. The Ghost of Willie Turks : Racial Violence and Black Politics in New York City (1982-1993) -- 10. The North Rises Again : Deval Patrick, Barack Obama, and the 21st Century (2006-2012).
"The Northeastern United States--home to abolitionism and a refuge for blacks fleeing the Jim Crow South--has had a long and celebrated history of racial equality and political liberalism. After World War II, the region appeared poised to continue this legacy, electing black politicians and rallying behind black athletes and cultural leaders. However, as historian Jason Sokol reveals in All Eyes Are Upon Us, these achievements obscured the harsh reality of a region riven by segregation and deep-seated racism. White fans from across Brooklyn--Irish, Jewish, and Italian--came out to support Jackie Robinson when he broke baseball's color barrier with the Dodgers in 1947, even as the city's blacks were shunted into segregated neighborhoods. The African-American politician Ed Brooke won a senate seat in Massachusetts in 1966, when the state was 97% white, yet his political career was undone by the resistance to busing in Boston. Across the Northeast over the last half-century, blacks have encountered housing and employment discrimination as well as racial violence. But the gap between the northern ideal and the region's segregated reality left small but meaningful room for racial progress. Forced to reckon with the disparity between their racial practices and their racial preaching, blacks and whites forged interracial coalitions and demanded that the region live up to its promise of equal opportunity. A revelatory account of the tumultuous modern history of race and politics in the Northeast, All Eyes Are Upon Us presents the Northeast as a microcosm of America as a whole: outwardly democratic, inwardly conflicted, but always striving to live up to its highest ideals"-- Provided by publisher.

Represent : 200 years of African American art in the Philadelphia Museum of Art

January 16, 2015
Shaw, Gwendolyn DuBois, 1968- author.
Philadelphia, PA : Philadelphia Museum of Art ; New Haven, CT : In association with Yale University Press, [2014]
xiii, 210 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
"Published on the occasion of the exhibition 'Represent: 200 years of African American art,' Philadelphia Museum of Art, January 10-April 5, 2015"--Title-page verso.
The art of everyday life : essay / by Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw -- Outside the door : essay / by Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw -- Imagining modernity : essay / by Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw -- The conceptual turn : essay / by Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw.

The many faces of Josephine Baker : dancer, singer, activist, spy

January 16, 2015
Caravantes, Peggy, 1935-
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 2015.
195 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"A complete biographical look at the complex life of a world-famous entertainer With determination and audacity, Josephine Baker turned her comic and musical abilities into becoming a worldwide icon of the Jazz Age. The Many Faces of Josephine Baker: Dancer, Singer, Activist, Spy provides the first in-depth portrait of this remarkable woman for young adults. Author Peggy Caravantes follows Baker's life from her childhood in the depths of poverty to her comedic rise in vaudeville and fame in Europe. This lively biography covers her outspoken participation in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, espionage work for the French Resistance during World War II, and adoption of 12 children--her "rainbow tribe." Also included are informative sidebars on relevant topics such as the 1917 East St. Louis riot, Pullman railway porters, the Charleston, and more. The lush photographs, appendix updating readers on the lives of the rainbow tribe, source notes, and bibliography make this is a must-have resource for any student, Baker fan, or history buff"-- Provided by publisher.

I've got the light of freedom : the organizing tradition and the Mississippi freedom struggle

January 13, 2015
Payne, Charles M.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2007.
xxvi, 525 p., [24] p. of plates : ill., map ; 24 cm.
"A centennial book."

The work : the search for a life that matters

January 9, 2015
Moore, Wes, 1978-
New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2014]
xxi, 248 pages ; 22 cm
"Wes Moore's remarkable bestseller The Other Wes Moore ends when Wes completes his journey from a fatherless delinquent to college graduate and heads off to Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship. But what happens next? Next, he had to figure out the answer to the question: What is your work? More than finding a job, he had to find the work he was meant to do. For the next decade, Wes traced a path through some of the most fascinating and high-pressure workspaces in the world: an American student at Oxford after 9/11; a combat officer in Afghanistan during the most intense years of fighting; a White House fellow during the tumult of the late Bush years; an Obama organizer during that historic campaign; a Wall Street banker at the cusp of the financial crisis; and finally, back home to Baltimore, working to revitalize that troubled city. This is the story of how one young man traced a path through the world to discover the meaning of his life -- and how after a series of misdirections and lesson-teaching mistakes, he found that meaning in service. Wes weaves the episodes and moments of decision in his own life with those of a dozen other changemakers from every walk of life who confronted the question "what is my work?" and found their own answers, to help readers see how we can each find our own path to purpose and to creating a better world"-- Provided by publisher.

For a voice and the vote : my journey with the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party

January 9, 2015
Todd, Lisa Anderson, 1942-
Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, 2014.
xi, 453 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
In Atlantic City for the Democratic Convention -- My life before Mississippi -- Mississippi, 1963 : keeping the waters troubled -- On to Greensboro, North Carolina, and back to Cornell -- Planning for Freedom Summer -- Orientation : how the student volunteers were prepared -- June 21, 1964 -- Living as a volunteer in Mississippi, 1964 -- My new politics -- Early work on the convention challenge -- Lyndon Johnson : the formidable president -- One woman in Atlantic City -- Sunday in Atlantic City -- Humphrey's pleading on Monday -- Reuther's manipulation on Tuesday -- The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party turns to protest -- Wednesday : persuasion fails -- Victory or defeat.
"During the summer of 1964, more than a thousand individuals descended on Mississippi to help the state's African American citizens register to vote. Student organizers, volunteers, and community members canvassed Black neighborhoods to organize the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), a group that sought to give a voice to Black Mississippians and demonstrate their will to vote in the face of terror and intimidation. In For a Voice and the Vote, author Lisa Anderson Todd gives a fascinating insider's account of her experience volunteering in Greenville, Mississippi, during Freedom Summer, when she participated in assembling the MFDP. Innovative and integrated, the party worked to provide education, candidates, and local and statewide organization for blacks who were denied the vote. For Todd, it was an exciting, dangerous, and life-changing experience. The summer culminated with the 1964 Atlantic City Democratic Convention, where the MFDP fought boldly for the opportunity to be included as the voting Mississippi delegation but, when they ultimately refused the Democrats' unacceptable terms, were criticized as politically naïve, militant protestors. This firsthand account attempts to set the record straight about the MFDP's challenge to the convention and to shed light on the efforts of this dedicated, loyal, and courageous delegation. Offering the first full account of the group's five days in Atlantic City, For a Voice and the Vote draws on oral histories, the author's personal interviews of individuals who supported the MFDP in 1964, and other primary sources"--Provided by publisher.

Black heroes in monologues

January 8, 2015
Edwards, Gus.
Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann, c2006.
ix, 146 p. ; 23 cm.
Alberta Hunter, "Why I sung the blues" -- August Wilson, "Just chattin'" -- Bass Reeves, "Knowing the territory" -- Booker T. Washington, "The final key" -- Charles "Buddy" Bolden, "My own private blues" ; "Witness to the starting" (remembering Buddy Bolden) -- Coretta Scott King, "I remember" -- Elizabeth Hudson Smith, "A monument to me" -- Frederick Douglass : "Talkin' 'bout slavery" (a rap) ; "I will raise both my hands" -- "General" Buddoe, "We will ask, but we won't beg" -- Harriet Tubman, "Mr. John Brown and me" -- Hattie McDaniel, "Nobody knows and yet they talk" -- Jackie Robinson, "Baseball and character" -- James Baldwin, "A dream of deliverance" (a dual monologue) -- Joe Louis, "Faithful to the end" -- Joseph Cinque, "Memories of the Amistad" -- Daniel Louis "Satch" Armstrong, "Riffing" -- Mahalia Jackson : "The honest-to-god truth" (young Mahalia) ; "Why I sing gospel" -- Malcolm X, "Changes" -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "I want to make this clear" -- Nat Turner, "Meditations" (on the eve of his bold and daring enterprise) -- Oscar Micheaux : "Ambition and optimism" -- Paul Robeson, "Who I am, what I stand for" -- "Queen" Mary, "Tired a waitin'" -- Ralph Johnson Bunche, "A new world order" (a prayer) -- Rosa Parks, "Unsung heroes" -- St. Martin de Porres, "I am blessed" -- Sojourner Truth : "The power of words, starting to learn."

The triangle : a year on the ground with New York's Bloods and Crips

January 5, 2015
Deutsch, Kevin.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, [2014]
x, 201 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Opening salvo -- The shop -- Black widows -- Infantry -- The cost -- Revenge -- Extreme tactics -- Eye for an eye -- True believers -- Branching out -- Basic training -- Battle scars -- Trojan horse -- In country -- Kings -- Hot spots -- Death day -- True to the game -- The takeaway -- The aftermath.

The problem of the color line at the turn of the twentieth century : the essential early essays

January 5, 2015
Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963.
New York : Fordham University Press, 2014.
370 pages ; 23 cm

50 African American audition monologues

December 22, 2014
Edwards, Gus.
Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann, c2002.
xii, 90 p. ; 22 cm.
Edwards has arranged the monologues by performance length, a key component in auditioning. Need a 30-second or a 3-minute piece? No problem. Just turn to these pages to find honest, vibrant material.

Bill Duke's Dark girls

December 9, 2014
New York : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2014.
174 p. : col. ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
Companion book to the documentary Dark Girls.
"Black has never been more beautiful, witnessed by this magnificent collection featuring accomplished dark skinned-women from all walks of life. In Dark Girls, celebrities such as Lupita Nyong'o, Vanessa Williams, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Judge Mablean Ephriam, Brandi and Karli Harvey, and over seventy-five other outstanding women share intimate insights into what their dark skin means to them." --

Brown Sugar Kitchen : new-style, down-home recipes from sweet west Oakland

December 8, 2014
Holland, Tanya, author.
San Francisco, California : Chronicle Books, [2014]
223 pages : color illustrations, color portraits ; 27 cm
Includes index.
Brown Sugar Kitchen is more than a restaurant. This soul-food outpost is a community gathering spot, a place to fill the belly, and the beating heart of West Oakland, a storied postindustrial neighborhood across the bay from San Francisco. The restaurant is a friendly beacon on a tree-lined parkway, nestled low and snug next to a scrap-metal yard in this Bay Area rust belt. Out front, customers congregate on long benches and sprawl in the grass, soaking up the sunshine, sipping at steaming mugs of Oakland-roasted coffee, waiting to snag one of the tables they glimpse through the swinging doors.

On Highway 61 : music, race, and the evolution of cultural freedom

December 5, 2014
McNally, Dennis, author.
Berkeley : Counterpoint, [2014]
471 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Race and the freedom principle in nineteenth-century America -- African American music and the White response -- The man who brought it all back home.
Explores the historical context of the significant social dissent that was central to the cultural genesis of the sixties. Searches for the deeper roots of American cultural and musical evolution for the past 150 years by studying what the Western European culture learned from African American culture in a historical progression that reaches from the minstrel era to Bob Dylan.

Gil Scott-Heron : pieces of a man

November 28, 2014
Baram, Marcus, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
305 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Can't go home again -- Scotty, why you run so fast? -- Broken and then unbroken -- Sounds of the city -- Unleashed -- The protest and the rage -- The black and blues -- Who am I? -- Brothers in arms -- "Whitey's been kicking my ass for too long" -- Revolution of the mind -- "I saw the thunder and heard the lightning" -- The urban strange -- Spider and the stickman -- Free jazz and wild stuff -- Bluesology -- The prince of chocolate city -- The rhythm of rebirth -- "Black Bob Dylan" -- What's the word? -- My father's house -- The griot -- "Do we have enough love?" -- Keeping it real -- Peace go with you, brother -- Fire and water -- Turning corners -- Hotter than July -- Facing backward -- Black wax -- Long dark night of the soul -- The godfather of rap -- Reunited -- Deep in exile -- Don't give up -- Hanging on to hope -- "Doing time in places I don't want to be" -- Me and the devil -- Back from the dead -- Hitting a wall -- The last holiday -- Spirits.

Vintage black glamour

November 20, 2014
Gainer, Nichelle, author.
London : Rocket 88, 2014.
208 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Using rarely accessed photographic archives and private collections, inspired by her family history, Nichelle Gainer has unearthed a revealing treasure trove of historic photographs of famous actors, dancers, writers and entertainers who worked in the 20th-century entertainment business, but who rarely appeared in the same publications as their white counterparts. Alongside the familiar images and stories of renowned performers such as Eartha Kitt, Lena Horne and Aretha Franklin are those of less well-remembered figures such as Bricktop, Pearl Primus, Diana Sands and many, many more. Vintage Black Glamour is a unique, sumptuous and revealing celebration of the lives and indomitable spirit of Black women of a previous era. Although talented, successful and ground-breaking, many of the women in these pages were ignored by mainstream media, but their life's work and attitude stand as inspiration for us still, today. With its stunning photographs and insightful biographies, this book is a hugely important.

A guide to the microfilm edition of papers of the National Negro Congress.

November 19, 2014
National Negro Congress (U.S.)
Frederick, Md. : University Publications of America, c1988.
3 v. in 1 ; 28 cm.
pt. 1. Records and correspondence, 1933-1942 / guide compiled by Martin Schipper -- pt. 2. Records and correspondence, 1943-1947 / guide compiled by Eric Gallagher -- pt. 3. Financial records, 1940-1947, and publications ; pt. 4. Negro labor victory committee, 1942-1945 / guide compiled by David Werning.

The Claude A. Barnett papers [reel index] : the Associated Negro Press, 1918-1967

November 12, 2014
Meier, August, 1923-2003.
Frederick, Md. : University Publications of America, [1985]-
3 volumes in 1 ; 28 cm.
"Microfilmed from the holdings of the Chicago Historical Society."
pt. 1. Associated Negro Press releases, 1928-1964 -- pt. 2. Associated Negro Press organizational files, 1920-1966 -- pt. 3. Subject files on Black Americans, 1918-1967.

A chosen exile : a history of racial passing in American life

November 6, 2014
Hobbs, Allyson Vanessa, author.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2014.
382 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
White is the color of freedom -- Waiting on a white man's chance -- Lost kin -- Searching for a new soul in Harlem -- Coming home.

African American war heroes

November 5, 2014
Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, [2014]
xix, 203 pages ; 26 cm

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


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