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Journey to Freedom · Freedom in the Arts

African American Art: The Long Struggle
Crystal Britton
704.039607 fB862 1996
An introduction to a variety of African American artists whose works represent the struggle for freedom and inclusion in society. Among them are craftsmen, painters, sculptors, and photographers.

Black Art Ancestral Legacy: The African Impulse in African American Art
704.0396073 fB627 1989
Supported with lavish illustrations, the essays in this book examine the impact of African culture on the work of black artists in the United States and the Caribbean.

Rockin’ the Boat: Mass Music and Mass Movements
781.592 R683 1992
Music is a mobilizing force for social change among people across the world, including Africans and African Americans. This collection of essays documents the way in which music and activism go hand in hand.

African-American Literature: An Anthology
Demetrice A. Worley and Jesse Perry, Jr., Editors
810.80896075 W927 1998
Using a variety of themes, such as The Folk Tradition, The Blues, Slavery, Standing Ground, and Relationships, this anthology explores “the issues, struggles, and triumphs of African Americans” through the prism of literature. Social and historical information is also provided.

The Collected Works of Phillis Wheatley
John Shields, Editor
W557Xs
The first African-American to publish a book of poetry, Phillis Wheatley (1753–1784) expressed her deep longing for freedom—for herself and for her people—through her writing.

Crossing the Danger Water: Three Hundred Years of African-American Writing
Deirdre Mullane, Editor
810.80896 C951 1993
Drawing upon the work of noted writers such as Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, W.E.B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, and Richard Wright, this anthology uses their work explore the influential role African Americans have played in American culture and politics.

From Bondage to Liberation: Writings by and about Afro-Americans from 1700 to 1918
Faith Berry, Editor
810.80896 F931 2001
Essays and short fiction by black and white writers (William Lloyd Garrison, Alexis de Tocqueville, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass, etc.) from a variety of cultural backgrounds chronicle the evolution of two centuries of American ideology about race.

In Search of Color Everywhere: A Collection of African-American Poetry
Ethelbert Miller, Editor
811.008089 qI35 1994
Freedom and Celebration of Blackness are two of the seven thematic units offered in this collection of poetry, which celebrates the African-American experience. As poet Elizabeth Alexander wrote, “ …this is your life. Get up and look for color, look for color everywhere.”

The Legacy of Ibo Landing: Gullah Roots of African American Culture
Marquetta L. Goodwine & The Clarity Press Gullah Project, Editors
810.80896 L496 1998
Viewed by many as a living link between Africa and America, the Gullah people are descendants of formerly enslaved Africans, who have settled mainly in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and the Sea Islands off the Georgia coast. Yet, their unique culture has spread throughout the U.S. through the migrations of generations of Gullah families. This book seeks to illustrate the Gullah culture and contribute to efforts to preserve it.

My Soul Has Grown Deep: Classics of Early African American Literature
John Edgar Wideman, Editor
810.80896 M995 2001
Wideman’s selections for this anthology range from work published in the 1700’s through the Harlem Renaissance. Biographies and background information about the writers (Phyllis Wheatley, James Weldon Johnson, Sojourner Truth, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, etc.) and their work are also included.

The New Cavalcade: African American Writing from 1760 to the Present, Vol.1 & Vol.2
Arthur P. Davis, J. Saunders Redding and Joyce Ann Joyce, Editors
810.80896 C376 1991
The editors of this two-volume series explore the evolution of African American writing as literary art over the past two hundred years. Copious notes, introductions, and biographical material provide context for the literature.

The Oxford Harriet Beecher Stowe Reader
Joan D. Hedrick, Editor
813.3 S892Xh 1998
Although Cincinnatian Harriet Beecher Stowe was renowned for her novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, she was also the prolific author of antislavery tracts, letters, and essays on a wide range of subjects. This selection of her most important work, from the 1830s through the 1860s, serves as a powerful illustration of her range and talent.

Poetry of Freedom
William Rose Benet and Norman Cousins, Editors
808.1 B466p
Believing the poet to be a force for social change, the editors have culled the world’s literature to assemble this volume of poetry. As they write, “The story of liberty is also the story of the world’s great poetry. It would be difficult to name an age or a land that
has seen the struggle for the rights of man that has not also seen a poem that took its part in the struggle….”

3000 Years of Black Poetry: An Anthology
Alan Lomax & Raoul Abdul, Editors
808.810917 N393
The poems here encompass a myriad of times and places, styles and subjects; yet there is an “astonishing unity” among them, according to the editors. Lomax and Abdul find common threads of emotion and experience running throughout all of the varied poetry of the African peoples.