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On Display at Clarkston: March 2017

A guide for the content of Georgia State Unierversity's Perimeter College Clarkston Library's bulletin board displays.

March 2017

James Baldwin

Baldwin, James. Early Novels and Stories.
Penguin Putnam, 1998.
Call # PS3552.A45 A6 1998
Here, in a Library of America volume edited by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, is the fiction that established James Baldwin's reputation as a writer who fused unblinking realism and rare verbal eloquence.

Baldwin, James. The Evidence of Things not Seen.
Henry Holt, 1986.
Call # HV6534.A7 B35 1986
n his searing and moving essay, James Baldwin explores the Atlanta child murders that took place over a period of twenty-two months in 1979 and 1980. Examining this incident with a reporter's skill and an essayist's insight, he notes the significance of Atlanta as the site of these brutal killings—a city that claimed to be "too busy to hate"—and the permeation of race throughout the case: the black administration in Atlanta; the murdered black children; and Wayne Williams, the black man tried for the crimes.

Baldwin, James. The Fire Next Time.
Modern Library, 1995.
Call # E185.61 .B195 1995
At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two "letters," written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism

Baldwin, James. Giovanni’s Room.
Dell, 1988.
Call # PS3552.A45 G5 1985
Baldwin, James. Giovanni’s Room.
Delta Trade Paperbacks, 2000.
Call # PS3552 .A45 G5 2000
James Baldwin's groundbreaking novel about love and the fear of love is set among the bohemian bars and nightclubs of 1950s Paris.

Baldwin, James. Going to Meet the Man.
Vintage Books, 1995.
Call # PS3552.A45 G66 1995
By turns haunting, heartbreaking, and horrifying--and informed throughout by Baldwin's uncanny knowledge of the wounds racism has left in both its victims and its perpetrators--Going to Meet the Man is a major work by one of our most important writers.

Baldwin, James. If Beale Street Could Talk.
Dell, 1988.
Call # PS3552 .A45 I4 1988
Like the blues -- sweet, sad and full of truth -- this masterly work of fiction rocks us with powerful emotions. In it are anger and pain, but above all, love -- affirmative love of a woman for her man, the sustaining love of a black family. Fonny, a talented young artist, finds himself unjustly arrested and locked in New York's infamous tombs. But his girlfriend, Tish, is determined to free him, and to have his baby, in this starkly realisitic tale... a powerful endictment of American concepts of justice and punishment in our time.

Baldwin, James. Nobody Knows my Name: More Notes of a Native Son.
Vintage Books, 1993.
Call # E185.61 .B197 1993
Told with Baldwin's characteristically unflinching honesty, this collection of illuminating, deeply felt essays examines topics ranging from race relations in the United States to the role of the writer in society, and offers personal accounts of Richard Wright, Norman Mailer and other writers.

Baldwin, James. Notes of a Native Son.
Beacon Press, 1984.
Call # E185.61 .B2 1984
Written during the 1940s and early 1950s, when Baldwin was only in his twenties, the essays collected in Notes of a Native Son capture a view of black life and black thought at the dawn of the civil rights movement and as the movement slowly gained strength through the words of one of the most captivating essayists and foremost intellectuals of that era.

Baldwin, James, and Nikky Finney. Jimmy’s Blues and Other Poems.
Beacon Press, 2014.
Call # PS3552.A45 A6 2014
All of the published poetry of James Baldwin, including six significant poems previously only available in a limited edition .

Weary Blues

Four Revolutionary Plays

Amiri Baraka

Baraka, Amiri. The Autobiography of LeRoi Jones.
Lawrence Hill Books, 1997.
Call # PS3552.A583 Z463 1997
Poet, dramatist, novelist, critic, teacher, and political activist Amiri Baraka, born LeRoi Jones, vividly recounts his crusading role in African American literature. A driving force behind the Black Arts Movement, the prolific Baraka retells his experiences from his participation in avant-garde literature after World War II and his role in Black nationalism after the assassination of Malcolm X to his conversion to Islam and his commitments to an international socialist vision.

Baraka, Amiri. Digging: The Afro-American Soul of American Classical Music.
University of California Press, 2009.
Call # ML3556 .B1612 2009
In this brilliant assemblage of his writings on music, the first such collection in nearly twenty years, Baraka blends autobiography, history, musical analysis, and political commentary to recall the sounds, people, times, and places he's encountered.

Baraka, Amiri. Four Black Revolutionary Plays: All Praises to the Black Man.
Bobbs-Merrill, 1969.
Call # PS3552 .A583 F6
These four one-act plays deal with the African-American experience of today. Their central elements are love and hatred echoed in violently explosive words, actions, thoughts and metaphor. The sum total of three hundred years of contained fury, they are powerful statements about the real meaning of white oppression of black people.

My Bondage and My Freedom

Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni

Baraka, Amiri. Home: Social Essays.
Akashi Classics, 2009.
Call # E185.6 .B25 2009
Written in the 1960s, these social and political essays by Jones (Tales of the Out & the Gone) reflect the progressive changes in his life after he witnessed the Cuban Revolution, the Birmingham bombings, and the assassination of Malcolm X.

Baraka, Amiri. Tales of the Out and Gone.
Akashic Books, 2007.
Call # PS3552.A583 T35 2007
The same rhetorical bomb throwing that drew attention to Baraka for his poem "Who Blew Up America" shoots through these stories written from 1974 through the present. Baraka works over issues of politics, race, sex and the afterlife, though the focus is always on ideas and wordplay.

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Great Minds Great books Great Minds Great Books celebrates eight, African American authors whom one can easily describe as great thinkers, and their work. Items in this display range from Frederick Douglas' writings in the mid 1800's to works from the late 20th Century. There are novels, short stories, plays, memoirs and nonfiction, great books with something for everybody.

Frederick Douglass

Douglass, Frederick, and William L. Andrews. My Bondage and My Freedom.
University of Illinois Press, 1987.
Call # E449 .D738 1987
Autobiography of the nineteenth-century abolitionist who advocated the full freedom of black people.

Douglass, Frederick, and David W. Blight. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, With Related Documents.
Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2003.
Call # E449 .D749 2003
This volume is a memoir written by famous American orator and ex-slave, Frederick Douglass (1818-1895). This work is generally held to be the most famous of a number of narratives written by former slaves during the same period.

Douglass, Frederick, and George L. Ruffin. Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: His Early Life as a Slave, his Escape from Bondage, and his Complete History to the Present Time.
Digital Scanning, 2001.
Call # E449 .D7382 2003
Born around 1817 in Maryland, Frederick Douglass was a former plantation slave who went on to become a brilliant writer and eloquent orator. In this amazing first-hand narrative, published in 1881, he vividly recounts his early years, which were filled with physical abuse, deprivation, and tragedy; his dramatic escapes to the North, recapture, and eventual freedom; his work for the Anti-Slavery Society and influential role in speaking for other African-Americans; his abolitionist campaigns, and crusade for full civil rights for former slaves.

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Nikki Giovanni

Giovanni, Nikki. The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni 1968-1998.
William Morrow, 2003.
Call # PS3557.I55 A17 2003
This omnibus covers Nikki Giovanni's complete work of poetry from 1967–1983. THE COLLECTED POETRY OF NIKKI GIOVANNI will include the complete volumes of five adult books of poetry.

Giovanni, Nikki. Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day.
Quill, 1980.
Call # PS3557.I55 C6 1980
As a witness to three generations, Nikki Giovanni has perceptively and poetically recorded her observations of both the outside world and the gentle yet enigmatic territory of the self. When her poems first emerged from the Black Rights Movement in the late 1960s, she immediately became a celebrated and controversial poet of the era. Written in one of the most commanding voices to grace America'ss political and poetic landscape at the end of the twentieth century, Nikki Giovanni's poems embody the fearless passion and spirited wit for which she is beloved and revered.

Giovanni, Nikki. Love Poems.
Morrow, 1997.
Call # PS3557.I55 L68 1997
In a career that has spanned more than a quarter century, Nikki Giovanni has earned the reputation as one of America's most celebrated and contoversial writers.Now, she presents a stunning collection of love poems that includes more than twenty new works.

Giovanni, Nikki. On my Journey Now: Looking at African-American History through the Spirituals.
Candlewick Press, 2007.
Call # PS3557.I55 O6 2009
ver since she was a little girl attending three different churches, poet Nikki Giovanni has loved the spirituals. Now, with the passion of a poet and the knowledge of a historian, she paints compelling portraits of the lives of her ancestors through the words of songs such as "Go Down, Moses" and "Ain't Got Time to Die," celebrating a people who overcame enslavement and found a way to survive, to worship, and to build.

Giovanni, Nikki. The Prosaic Soul of Nikki Giovanni.
Perennial, 2003.
Call # PS3557.I55 A6 2003
For the first time, the collected prose of national treasure Nikki Giovanni.

Giovanni, Nikki, and Margaret Walker. A Poetic Equation: Conversations Between Nikki Giovanni and Margaret Walker.
University Press, 1974.
Call # PS3557.I55 Z52 1974
Conversations about issues from how to raise a child to the Vietnam War to how to save the African-American race that white America is trying to destroy.

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Lorraine Hansberry

Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun.
The Modern Library, 1995.
Call # PS3515.A515 R3 1995
In her portrait of an embattled Chicago family, Hansberry anticipated issues that range from generational clashes to the civil rights and women's movements. She also posed the essential questions - about identity, justice and moral responsibility - at the heart of these great struggles.

Hansberry, Lorraine. The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window: A Drama in Three Acts.
S. French, 1965.
Call # PS3515.A515 S5 1965b
Barely five years later, with The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, Hansberry gave us an unforgettable portrait of a man struggling wit his individual fate in an age of racial and social injustice.

Nemiroff, Robert, and Lorraine Hansberry. To be Young, Gifted and Black: Lorraine Hansberry in her Own Words.
Vintage Books, 1995.
Call # PS3515.A515 Z8 1995
Fast paced, powerful, touching and hilarious, this kaleidoscope of constantly shifting scenes, mood and images recreates the world of a great American woman and artist, Lorraine Hansberry. Uniquely and boldly, the play dramatically weaves through her life experiences and the times that shaped her.

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On my Journey Now   The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window

Langston Hughes

Hughes, Langston. Five Plays.
ndiana University Press, 1968.
Call # PS3515.U274 A19 1968
"Tambourines to Glory," "Soul Gone Home," "Little Ham," "Mulatto," and "Simply Heavenly" reflect the black author's concern with the position of the Negro in the United States

Hughes, Langston. Vintage Hughes.
Vintage Books, 2004.
Call # PS3515.U274 A6 2004
rguably the most important writer to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and ‘30s, Langston Hughes was a great poet and a shrewd and lively storyteller. His work blends elements of blues and jazz, speech and song, into a triumphant and wholly original idiom.

Hughes, Langston. The Ways of White Folks.
Knopf, 1979.
Call # PS3515.U274 W3 1979
In these acrid and poignant stories, Hughes depicted black people colliding--sometimes humorously, more often tragically--with whites in the 1920s and '30s.

Hughes, Langston. Weary Blues.
Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Call # PS3515.U274 A6 2015
Nearly ninety years after its first publication, this celebratory edition of The Weary Blues reminds us of the stunning achievement of Langston Hughes, who was just twenty-four at its first appearance.

Hughes, Langston, et. al. A Pictorial History of Blackamericans.
Crown Publishers, 1983.
Call # E185 .H83 1983
And wherever you look you will find them working, playing, worshipping, dreaming, creating, and expressing their cherished freedom in the spirit of the country they would like to help make a model for democratic peoples everywhere.
Hughes, Langston, et. al. "Blackamericans, Wherever in America." A Pictorial History of Blackamericans, Crown Publishers, 1983, p. 5.

Hughes, Langston, and Antonio Frasconi. Let America be America Again.
Georgia Braziller, 2004.
Call # PS3515.U274 L48 2004
Langston Hughes was uncommonly attuned to the ideals of freedom and democracy and the sometimes elusive American dream. The poems collected here offer a hopeful, truly democratic vision for America. Incantatory and stirring, passionate and provocative, they are as resonant for our times as they were over half a century ago.

Hughes, Langston, and Donna Sullivan Harper. Short Stories.
Hill and Wang, 1997.
Call # PS3515.U274 A6 1997
Offers a collection of stories written between 1919 and 1963 that follow Hughes' literary development and the growth of his personal and political concerns.

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Pictorial History of Blackamericans   Every Tongue Got to Confess

Zora Neale Hurston

Hurston, Zora Neale. The Sanctified Church
Marlowe, 1997.
Call # BR563.N4 H87 1997
he Sanctified Church is a collection of Hurston's essays on Afro-American folklore, legend, popular mythology, and, in particular, the unique spiritual character of the Southern Black Christian Church.

Hurston, Zora Neale. Tell my Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica.
Perennial Library, 1990.
Call # BL2490 .H88 1990
s a first-hand account of the weird mysteries and horrors of voodoo, Tell My Horse is an invaluable resource and fascinating guide. Based on Zora Neale Hurston's personal experiences in Haiti and Jamaica, where she participated as an initiate rather than just an observer of voodoo practices during her visits in the 1930s, this travelogue into a dark world paints a vividly authentic picture of ceremonies and customs and superstitions of great cultural interest.

Hurston, Zora Neale et. al. Collected Plays.
Rutgers University Press, 2008.
Call # PS3515.U789 A6 2008b
Even avid readers of Hurston’s prose, however, may be surprised to know that she was also a serious and ambitious playwright throughout her career. Although several of her plays were produced during her lifetime—and some to public acclaim—they have languished in obscurity for years. Even now, most critics and historians gloss over these texts, treating them as supplementary material for understanding her novels. Yet, Hurston’s dramatic works stand on their own merits and independently of her fiction.

Hurston, Zora Neale, and Carla Kaplan. Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk-tales from the Gulf States.
HarperCollins, 2001.
Call # GR111.A47 H83 2001
In this book, Zora Neale Hurston records the voices of ordinary people and pays tribute to the richness of Black vernacular--its crisp self-awareness, singular wit, and improvisational wordplay. These folk-tales reflect the joys and sorrows of the African-American experience, celebrate the redemptive power of storytelling, and showcase the continuous presence in America of the Africanized language that flourishes to this day.

Hurston, Zora Neale, and Alice Walker. I Love Myself When I am Laughing…. And Then Again When I am Looking Mean and Impressive: A Zora Neale Hurston Reader.
Feminist Press, 1979.
Call # PS3515.U789 I56 1979
The most prolific African-American woman author from 1920 to 1950, Hurston was praised for her writing and condemned for her independence, arrogance, and audaciousness. This unique anthology, with 14 superb examples of her fiction, journalism, folklore, and autobiography, rightfully establishes her as the intellectual and spiritual leader of the next generation of black writers.

Hurston, Zora Neale, and Cheryl A. Wall. Folklore, Memoirs, and Other Writings.
Penguin Books, 1995.
Call # GR55.H86 A3 1995
"Folklore is the arts of the people," Hurston wrote, "before they find out that there is any such thing as art." A pioneer of African-American ethnography who did graduate study in anthropology with the renowned Franz Boas, Hurston devoted herseif to preserving the black folk heritage.

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Toni Morrison

Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye.
Plume Books, 2002.
Call # PS3563.O8749 B55 2002
The story of Pecola Breedlove profiles an eleven-year-old Black girl growing up in an America that values blue-eyed blondes and the tragedy that results from her longing to be accepted.

Morrison, Toni. Lecture and Speech of Acceptance Upon the Award of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Delivered in Stockholm on the Seventh of December Nineteen Hundred and Ninety-Three.
Knopf, 1999.
Call # PS3563.O8749 L43 1999
Toni Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature, reads the speech she delivered in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony.

Morrison, Toni. Tar Baby.
Plume, 1982.
Call # PS3563.O8749 T37 1982
On a tropical island paradise, six people interact with each other in all the tender or hateful ways that human beings are capable of. Rich and poor, black and white, young and old, male and female, each has something to teach the others -- and each has something to learn.

Morrison, Toni, and Danille Kathleeen Taylor-Guthrie. Conversations with Tony Morrison.
University Press of Mississippi, 1994.
Call # PS3563.O8749 Z464 1994
Though the scope and the magnitude of her art have brought her international acclaim, even some of her most ardent admirers have viewed her fiction mainly with a focus on class, race, and gender. In these interviews, however, she addresses the artist's concern with moral vision and with a resistance to critical attitudes that categorize black writing largely as sociology. From these interviews comes a greater understanding of Toni Morrison's purpose and the theme of love that streams through her fiction.

Morrison, Toni, and Carolyn C. Denard. What Moves at the Margins: Selected Nonfiction.
University Press of Mississippi, 2008.
Call # PS3563.O8749 A6 2008
What Moves at the Margin collects three decades of Toni Morrison's writings about her work, her life, literature, and American society. The works included in this volume range from 1971, when Morrison (b. 1931) was a new editor at Random House and a beginning novelist, to 2002 when she was a professor at Princeton University and Nobel Laureate.

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The Bluest Eye   The Color Purple

The Sanctified Church

Alice Walker

Walker, Alice. The Chicken Chronicles: Sitting with the Angels who have Returned with my Memories: Glorious, Rufus, Gertrude Stein, Splendor, Hortensia, Agnes of God, The Gladyses and Babe: A Memoir.
Perseus, 2011.
Call # PS3573.A425 Z464 2011
For the past several years, on a farm north of San Francisco, the celebrated writer Alice Walker has diligently cared for a flock of chickens. Over time, her blossoming relationship with "her girls” became a source of inspiration, strength, and spiritual discovery, and helped Walker connect more profoundly with her own past as a girl in rural Georgia. Walker has recorded this journey in The Chicken Chronicles, an extraordinary document of personal discovery, political commitment, and the joys of relating to animals.

Walker, Alice. The Color Purple.
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992.
Call # PS3573.A425 C6 1992
The lives of two sisters--Nettie, a missionary in Africa, and Celie, a southern woman married to a man she hates--are revealed in a series of letters exchanged over thirty years

Walker, Alice, and Shiloh McCloud. Hard Times Require Furious Dancing: New Poems.
New World Library, 2010.
Call # PS3573.A425 H37 2010
Poems composed over the course of one year in response to joy and sorrow both personal and global: the death of loved ones, war, the deliciousness of love, environmental devastation, the sorrow of rejection, greed, poverty, and the sweetness of home.

Walker, Alice, and Pratibha Parmar. Warrior Marks: Female Genital Mutilation and the Sexual Blinding of Women.
Harcourt Brace, 1996.
Call # GN484 .W35 1996
Alice Walker decided early in the process of writing her novel that she had not yet done enough to help stop this age-old practice. She resolved to make a documentary film that would further educate people about the harmful, sometimes deadly process of removing the clitoris - and often the remaining outer genitalia - as a means of maintaining tradition and ensuring a woman's "cleanliness" and fidelity.

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