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On Display at Clarkston - Deep Archive: On Display -- February 2007

This board features older display pages from the summer of 2006 to January of 2010

On Display -- February 2007

Featured Web Sites Black History Month
This slickly commercial site, offers links to a variety of black history related topics including: the Harlem Renaissance, the civil rights movement, Jim Crow, and more. There are also quizzes and articles.

Black Baseball
"Long before Jackie Robinson stepped on the field for the Dodgers, black baseball had amassed a history all its own."

Black History
A web site built to supplement and promote a television show that features biographies of famous and innovative African Americans.

Black History Month
A web site packed with articles, speech excerpts, photos, and video clips celebrating the civil rights struggle and commemorating Black History Month

Forgotten Genius
"Against all odds, African-American chemist Percy Julian became one of the great scientists of the 20th century."

InfoPlease Black History Month
A commerical site with numerous links to articles on: black history, Black History Month, biographies of famous African Americans, political issues facing African Americans today, and more.

Powerful Days in Black and White
"Shocking photos brought the civil-rights struggle to all America. Relive it now through the eyes of photojournalist Charles Moore."

Black Farmers

Can Anything Beat White?

Creating our Own Image

Ticket Out

My Face is Black is True

Epic Journey

Looking for Mr. Gilbert

Freedom is not enough

A Shinging Thread of HOpe

After Mecca

Sounds of Slavery

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Lest We Forget

This exhibit keeps alive the memory of black history and celebrates Black History Month with books on everything from black poetry and baseball to slavery and the civil rights movement. All books in the case are still available for check out, and books with jackets displayed on the boards are usually upstairs on the shelves. Just look for their call numbers.

Featured Books

In the Display Case

Battle, Thomas C. and Donna M Well,s Edidtors. Legacy: Treasures of Black History. Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2006.
E185.53.W3 M66 2006

Source: From its Introduction by the revered and distinguished John Hope Franklin to the bibliography and extensive index that complete it, Legacy represents a major new contribution to African-American history. The Black experience and its impact on our nation's culture and character come alive in twelve chapters that sweep from ancient Africa and the slave trade to such key eras as the Civil War, Emancipation, and Reconstruction; the Harlem Renaissance and the Jim Crow Era; and the modern Civil Rights and Black Power/Black Arts movements.

Clarke, Cheryl. "After Mecca": Women Poets and the Black Arts Movement. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2005.
PS310.N4 C48 2005

Discusses works by Gwendolyn Brooks, Audre Lorde, Ntozake Shange, and other poets in a study of links between the Black Arts Movement and black female writers in the 1960s and early 70s.
Source: Ayoub, Nina C. "New Scholarly Books." Chronicle of Higher Education 51(21) January 28, 2005 pA18-A21.

Collier-Thomas, Bettye and V.P. Franklin, Editors. Sisters in the Struggle: African American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement. New York: New York University Press, 2001.
E185.61 .S615 2001

Sisters in the Struggle…is an impressive collection of essays that chronicles black women's pivotal role in postwar freedom struggles. The anthology pays particular attention to African American women who were part of defining the national trajectory of black liberation movements but have been marginalized within the large body of civil rights literature.
Source: Joseph, Peniel E. "Sisters in the Struggle: African American Women in the Civil Rights--Black Power Movement." Journal of American History 92 2005 p304-305.

Collins, Lisa Gail, Editor. The Art of History: African American Women Artists Engage the Past. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2002.
N6538.N5 C65 2002

Lisa Gail Collins sets out to redress an imbalance in the attention paid to Black artists within African American culture. Compared with, say music, visual art by African Americans, especially women, has received little attention, she argues. Even African American critics and historians have neglected this important aspect of the visual arts.
Source: Lambirth, Andrew et. al. "Reviews." Art Book 10(2) March 2003 p48-49.

Harrison, Ira E. and Faye V. Harrison, Editors. African-American Pioneers in Anthropology. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1999.
GN17.3.U6 A37 1999

African-American Pioneers in Anthropology, a collection of essays edited by Ira E. Harrison and Faye V. Harrison, examines a crucial and hitherto-neglected topic in the history of science: the intellectual impact of African-American scholars in anthropology.
Source: Tucker, Jennifer. "African-American Pioneers in Anthropology (Book)" ISIS: Journal of the History of Science in Society 95 2004 p322-234.

Hine, Darlene Clark. A Shining Thread of Hope: The History of Black women in America. New York: Broadway Books, 1998.
E185.86 .H68 1999

This book is the first comprehensive historical text to chronicle the varied experiences of African American women from colonial times until the present. African American women have been oppressed by race, gender, class, and conditions that have led to their invisibility in history. They have been neglected in books about the African American experience and overlooked by most accounts of women in American history. Their absence is not due to lack of evidence. The authors have synthesized the vast amount of research completed by individual scholars over the past 20 years into a readable "story" about individuals and groups.
Source: Salem, Dorothy C. "A Shining Thread of Hope" Historian 63(1) Fall2000.

Holway, John. The Complete Book of Baseball’s Negro Leagues: The Other Half of Baseball History. Fern Park, FL: Hastings House Publishers, 2001.
GV875.N35 H65 2001

These two volumes contribute a good deal to the ongoing examination of the Negro Leagues. Holway, one of the deans of black baseball history, provides the most complete statistical accounting yet of the game's segregated half. The obvious by-product of painstaking research, The Complete Book of Baseball's Negro Leagues presents a quick overview of African American participation from 1859 to 1882 and then an annual accounting through 1948, the year after Jackie Robinson entered the major leagues.
Source: Cotrell, R.C. "The Complete History of Baseball's Negro Leagues Cool Papas and Double Duties (Book Review)" Library Journal 126(19) November 15, 2001.

Litwack, Leon F. Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow. New York: Vintage Books, 1999.
E185.6 .L58 1999

Building on his Pulitzer Prize-winning study BEEN IN THE STORM SO LONG: THE AFTERMATH OF SLAVERY (1979), Leon Litwack recounts the experiences of black Americans in the South during the heyday of racial segregation in TROUBLE IN MIND: BLACK SOUTHERNERS IN THE AGE OF JIM CROW. Litwack has done impressive research in the primary sources on black-white relations between 1877 and 1915, and he takes the reader back into a largely vanished world where whites exercised absolute power over their black population.
Source: Gould, Lewis L. "Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow." Magill Book Reviews Februrary 1, 1999.

Powell, Richard J. Black Art: A Cultural History. London: Thames & Hudson, 2002.
N6538.N5 P64 2002

An excellent publication--a comprehensive, well-illustrated, well-written book. Previous edition published as Black Art and Culture in the 20th Century in 1997. A good choice for students recommended by university professors.
Source: Sutton, Cheryl. "Art, Fine Books." Black Issues Book Review 7(6) Nov/Dec 2005 p29-31.

Reed, Betty Jamerson. The Brevard Rosenwald School: Black Education and Community Building in a Southern Appalachian Town, 1920-1966. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2004.
LC2852.B73 R44 2004

The Brevard Rosenwald School: Black Education and Community Building in a Southern Appalchian Town, 1920-1966 is the story of a school faculty and community employing ingenuity in their struggle to overcome the handicaps of racialized institutional neglect in educating African Americans in the Appalachian Soth during the Jim Crow ear.
Source: Davis, David L. "The Brevard Rosenwald School: Black Education and Community Building in a Southern Appalachian Town, 1920-1966." Journal of Southern History 71 May 2005 p484.

Souls Looking Back: Life Stories of Growing up Black. New York: Routledge, 1999.
E185.625 .S675 1999

A moving collection of 16 autobiographical essays by university students, edited by Andrew Garrod, Janie Victoria Ward, Tracy L. Robinson and Robert Kilkenny. The book, which features the voices of biracial, African-Caribbean and African-American young people, shares the experiences and candid reflections of a group that's often misunderstood.
Source: "Souls Looking Back (Book Review)" Ebony 56(1) November 2000 p21.

Tate, Gayle T. Unknown Tongues: Black Women’s Political Activism in the Antebellum Era, 1820-1860. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 2003.
E185.9 .T38 2003

Tate demonstrates a clear mastery of a number of disciplines [history and political science] as well as skill in employing them, dissecting and explaining the actions of African American women between 1830 and 1860.
Source: Jones, Rhett. "Unknown Tongues: Black Women's Political Activism in the Antebellum Era, 1820-1860 (Book)" Journal of African American History 89 2004, p183-185.

Theoharis, Jeanne and Komozi Woodard, Editors. Groundwork: Local Black Freedom Movements in America. New York: New York University, 2005.
E185.61 .G899 2005

The thirteen essays in this important collection examine grass-roots struggles for racial justice throughout the United States from 1940 to 1980.
Source: Biondi, Martha. "Groundwork: Local Black Freedom Movements in America." Journal of American History 92 2005 p1033-1034.

Forgotten Style

Du Bois, W. E. B. The Illustrated Souls of Black Folk. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2005.
E185.6 .D797 2005

This is a beautifully illustrated edition of Du Bois's classic.
Source: Rogers, Michael. "The Illustrated Souls of Black Folk" Library Journal 130(6) April 1, 2005.

Farrington, Lisa E. Creating Their Own Image: The History of African-American Women Artists. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
N6538.N5 F27 2005

Farrington (art, race, & gender issues, Parsons Sch. of Design) has produced a captivating and thorough study of a long-ignored aspect of America's art history. Timed to coincide with a November 10 exhibition of nearly 50 works at the Parsons Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, this book centers on the lives and works of female African American artists and represents an extraordinary range of styles and subjects, with much of the art relating directly to the artist's gender, ethnic ancestry, and social conditions.
Source: Burt, Eugene C. "Creating Their Own Image: The History of African-American Women Artists" Library Journal 130(8) May 1, 2005 p82.

Herzog, Melanie. Elizabeth Catlett: In the Image of the People. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 2005.
NB259.C384 H474 2005

Catlett is an artist of conscience and compassion whose work embodies the consequences of racism, the nature of heroism, and the meaning of freedom.
Source: Seaman, Donna"Elizabeth Catlett: In the Image of the People " Booklist 102(11) February 1, 2006 p20.

Jordan, June. Directed by Desire: The Collected Poems of June Jordan. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2005.
PS3560.O73 A17 2005

"Odi et Amo," writes Catullus. The late June Jordan's defiant revision of that slogan is, "I will love who loves me… I will hate who hates me." Jordan's poetry might best be described as the lyric wing of her political activism: there are no Catullan excruciations here, only excoriations of those she hates and dewy celebrations of those she loves.
Source: Chiasson, Dan. "Directed by Desire" Poetry 187(2) Noevmber 2005.

Kenney, William Howland. Jazz on the River. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.
ML3508 .K45 2005

Focusing on an aspect of musical history often relegated to a footnote, Kenney (history & American studies, Kent State Univ.) has staked out a fresh vantage point for viewing the development of jazz. The influence of the railroads and the subsequent decline of riverboats as viable commercial carriers after World War I led to the growth of excursion boats that employed dance bands to attract business along the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. Kenney provides a good history of the Streckfus Line, the most prominent of the tour boat companies, and nicely describes the interconnection of the Streckfus policies and the social and economic conditions of the time to paint a convincing picture of the process of jazz maturing as it spread north from New Orleans to Memphis, St. Louis, Chicago, and Pittsburgh.
Source: Woodhouse, Mark. "Jazz on the River" Library Journal 130(6) April 1, 2005 p96.

Phinney, Kevin. Souled American: How Black Music Transformed White Culture. New York: Billboard Books, 2005.
ML3479 .P5 2005

Texas journalist Phinney's first book traces the history of race relations as seen through commingling musical crossovers and a parade of personalities: from Al Jolson to Louis Jordan, Billie Holiday to Bonnie Raitt, Zip Coon to Pat Boone. This comprehensive coverage spans all genres, including blues, country, gospel, jazz, R&B, ragtime, rock and rap.
Source: "Souled American: How Black Music Transformed White Culture" Publishers Weekly 252(26) June 27, 2005 p51.

Wallinger, Hanna. Pauline E. Hopkins: a Literary Biography. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2005.
PS1999 .H4226 Z94 2005

Since the rediscovery of Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins (1859–1930), marked in part by Ann Allen Shockley's 1972 biographical essay and the Schomburg reprinting of her novels, there has been a virtual explosion in Hopkins scholarship, including a growing number of journal articles, significant attention in a number of book-length studies, and a 1996 collection of essays. Yet with all this attention, there has been no single-author extended study of Hopkins's life and work—until now. Hanna Wallinger's book fills this gap, providing a long awaited and much needed resource for Hopkins scholars.
Source: Bergman, Jill. "Pauline E. Hopkins: A Literary Biography." Legacy 23(1) 2006 p98-99.

West, Dorothy. Where the Wild Grape Grows: Selected Writings, 1930-1950. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2005.
PS3545 .E82794 W48 2005

In this book, Professors Mitchell and Davis provide a carefully researched profile of West and her circle that serves as an introduction to a well-edited, representative collection of her out-of-print, little-known, or unpublished writings, supplemented by many family photographs. The editors document West's "womanist" upbringing and her relationships with her mother, Rachel Benson West, and other strong-minded women, including her longtime companion Marian Minus.
Source: Where-Wild-Grape-Grows-1930-1950/dp/1558494715

White, Shane. The Sounds of Slavery: Discovering African American History through Songs, Sermons, and Speech. Boston: Beacon Press, 2005.
E443 .W59 2005

More than ever we work, walk and drive to the beat of different drummers. We create our own soundtracks. So did the communities of slaves trying to make a life for themselves in foreign lands. And because their cultures and those of their captors were so radically different, the collision of those soundtracks created cultural dissonances that American music is still trying to resolve. The Sounds of Slavery tries to reconstruct the aural universe of these slaves--the sounds they made and the sounds they heard. It calls us to roll down the windows of history, to take off our headphones so that we can listen to the sounds of their past and ours.
Source: Tabery, Gena Caponi. "The Sounds of Slavery: Discovering African American History through Songs, Sermons, and Speech" Christian Century 122(19) September 20, 2005 p40-41.

Forgotten Genius

Barber, John T. The Black Digital Elite: African American Leaders of the Information Revolution. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2006.
E185.615 .B297 2006

Despite talk of a digital divide along lines of race and class, media analyst Barber asserts that African Americans have been actively involved in the development and progress of information technology. He offers profiles of 26 black Americans who have made significant contributions to the advancement of technology…
Source: Bush, Vanessa. "The Black Digital Elite: African American Leaders of the Information Revolution" Booklist 103(8) December 15, 2006 p9.

Berry, Mary Frances. My Face Is Black Is True: Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-slave Reparations. New York: Vintage Books, 2005.
E185.97.H825 B47 2006

The call for reparations by the descendants of African-American slaves elicits intense emotions among people on all sides of the political spectrum. One irrefutable fact is that the issue is of contemporary importance. In this book Mary Frances Berry, the former head of the United States Civil Rights Commission under President Bill Clinton, demonstrates African-American requests for compensation for centuries of unpaid servitude have been a salient part of the political scene since Emancipation. In doing so, Berry refutes many of the arguments posed today by those opposed to reparations. But despite the obvious political leanings of the author, My Face is Black is sophisticated history. Berry illustrates the complexity of the reparations struggle within the black community whose stratification along class lines often prevented the articulation of grievances posed by its poorest members.
Source: Pye, David Kenneth. "My Face Is Black Is True: Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations" Georgia Historical Society Quarterly 90(2) 2006 p301-303.

Franklin, John Hope. Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2005.
E175.5.F73 A3 2005

True to its title, Mirror to America simultaneously tells the compelling life story of Franklin and details nearly nine decades of American history. The author, a famed historian who played a significant role in the Brown v. Board of Education case, speaks candidly and thoroughly about his life experiences.
Source: Cooke, Nicole. "Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin" Library Journal 131(5) March 15, 2006 p110.

Jordan, Diann, Editor. Sisters in Science: Conversations with Black Women Scientists About Race, Gender, and their Passion for Science. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2006.
Q141 .S556 2006

Author Diann Jordan took a journey to find out what inspired and daunted black women in their desire to become scientists in America. Letting 18 prominent black women scientists talk for themselves, Sisters in Science becomes an oral history stretching across decades and disciplines and desires.

Parks, Gordon. A Hungry Heart: A Memoir. New York: Atria Books, 2005.
TR140.P35 A3 2005b

Parks (b. 1912) is the textbook definition of a "Renaissance Man." Perhaps best known as the author of The Learning Tree (he later wrote the screenplay and directed the film), he is also a photographer of note, having been hired as Life magazine's first African American photographer in the late 1940s. Prior to that, he worked as a musician, a Civil Conservation Corps member, and a photographer for the Farm Security Administration. After his success with The Learning Tree, Parks went on to produce Shaft and other Hollywood films. This memoir, published on the eve of his 94th birthday and in conjunction with a new collection of his art, Eyes with Winged Thoughts: Poetry & Images, will sweep readers along on the amazing adventures of a man who refused to accept the bigotries of his time. Parks's personal life gets brief attention, which has been an amazing journey as well.
Source: Enright, Jan Brue. "A Hungry Heart: A Memoir" Library Journal 131(1) January 1, 2006 p19.

Porter, Horace A. The Making of a Black Scholar: From Georgia to the Ivy League. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 2003.
E185.97.P67 M35 2003

Long before there were endowed chairs and Ivy League dream teams, before there were collegiate bidding wars to attract Black talent, there were ad hoc thought committees bent on proving that the term Black scholar was not an oxymoron. At least since the days when Frederick Douglass stole literacy from a children's primer, education has been as central to Black American life as improvisation is to jazz. Successive generations of Black children have had the axiom of education-is-salvation instilled as an elder tapped them on the temple promising, "Once you get it up here, nobody can take it away from you." Horace Porter's memoir The Making of a Black Scholar details a largely under-explored area in African American autobiographical narratives.
Source: Cobb, William Jelani. "A Scholar's Life Told Strictly by the Book" Crisis 110(3) May/Jun 2003 p47.

Ridlon, Florence. A Black Physician’s Struggle for Civil Rights. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 2005.
R695.M35 R53 2005

The sociologist, Florence Ridlon, has chronicled the life of a remarkable individual, the African American physician, Edward C. Mazique. Ridlon states openly in the introduction that "much of the book is in Eddie's own words."
Source: Pohl, Lynn Marie. "A Black Physician's Struggle for Civil Rights" Journal of American History 92 2006 p1505.

Smith, Cheryl A. Market Women: Black Women Entrepreneurs--Past, Present, and Future. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2005.
HD6054.4.U6 S65 2005

Smith has produced an invaluable study of black women entrepreneurs....Smith contends that black women have historically possessed certain qualities of leadership, rooted in their personal life experiences, which make them ideally suited for business success while they nonetheless remain challenged by structural racism and sexism. Smith also discusses the impact of education for those who have succeeded in the business world. Part spiritual memoir, part sociological study, this book is written by an author who is an entrepreneur herself. She argues for a reconsideration of the way in which this society defines success in business as it rethinks business education and attempts to expand opportunities for all.

Williams, Heather Andrea. Self-taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2005.
LC2802.S9 W55 2005

…Discusses how Southern African-Americans sought education during and after the Civil War, highlighting the efforts that former slaves made on their own behalf by teaching, building schools, and attending school themselves.
Source: "The Nineteenth Century." History Today 55(5) May 2005 p75.

Forgotten Spirit

Duke, Lynne. Mandela, Mobutu, and Me: A Newswoman’s African Journey. New York: Doubleday, 2003.
DT1974 .D85 2003

Duke covered southern Africa as Johannesburg bureau chief for The Washington Post from 1995 to 1999. Her engaging memoir provides a close-up look at the fall of Mobutu Sese Seko in the former Zaire, the ascendance of Nelson Mandela in South Africa, dramatic high points of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and many poignant vignettes of everyday African life from Cape Town to Kigali.
Source: Pye, Lucian W. "Mandela, Mobutu, and Me: A Newswoman's African Journey (Book)" Foreign Affairs 82(5) Sep/Oct2003 p191.

Ficara, John Francis. Black Farmers in America. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2006.
S521.5.A2 F53 2006

Journalist Juan Williams's conscientious and succinct essay in Black Farmers in America describes the history, the plight and the mettle of African American farmers and their families. His tightly written prose perfectly amplifies Ficara's intimate, full-page, black-and-white photographs. Ficara photographed about 60 farm owners from 1999 to 2002 for part of the project.
Source: Reynolds, Clarence V. "The Few and the Very Proud" Black Issues Book Review 8(6) Nov/Dec2006 p39.

Franklin, John Hope. In Search of the Promised Land: a Slave Family in the Old South. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
E444 .F825 2006

While presenting the story of the Thomas-Rapier family's search for freedom and economic security, the authors illuminate an important but little-known aspect of southern history, the situation of free blacks and quasi-free slaves in the antebellum South. Anyone who is interested in black history or southern history will benefit from reading this important work.
Source: Carey, Charles W. Jr. "In Search of the Promised Land: A Slave Family in the Old South" Magill Book Reviews February 1, 2006.

Mitchell, John Hanson. Looking for Mr. Gilbert: The Reimagined Life of an African American. Washington, DC: Shoemaker & Hoard, 2005.
F73.9.N4 M58 2005

Mitchell was researching another book in the mid-1970s when he stumbled upon a photo of Gilbert among 2,000 antique glass plate negatives stored at an old estate. He first assumed that the photos, mainly of birds and landscapes, were the work of William Brewster, a wealthy white Bostonian and renowned ornithologist. A tip soon led Mitchell to believe the photos were really the work of Brewster's servant, Gilbert, and the author began his long quest to expose the black man's life.The book spans generations and continents. Along the way, we learn about Gilbert the photographer, naturalist, curator, musician, world traveler, gourmet cook, estate manager, entrepreneur, family man, churchgoer and upper middle-class resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Source: Addison, Eric. "Looking for Mr. Gilbert: The Reimagined Life of an African American" Black Issues Book Review 7(2) Mar/Arp2005 p54.

Petry, Elisabeth Editor. "Can Anything Beat White?:" A Black Family’s Letters. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2005.
PS3531.E933 Z55 2005

Petry offers a mesmerizing look at the everyday lives of a middle-class African American family in the nineteenth century through a glimpse of the 400 cards and letters saved by the James family between 1891 and 1910. The family, who settled in Hartford , Connecticut, just after the Civil War, demonstrated enterprise and determination, giving rise to several entrepreneurs, adventurers, and the critically acclaimed novelist, Ann Petry.
Source: Bush, Vanessa. "'Can Anything Beat White?' A Black Family's Letters" Booklist 102(3) October 1, 2005 p19.

Pybus, Cassandra. Epic Journeys of Freedom: Runaway Slaves of the American Revolution and Their Global Quest for Liberty. Boston: Beacon Press, 2006.
E450 .P99 2006

This gripping and enlightening book traces the steps of 32 fugitive slaves who fled their American colonial masters at the onset of the American Revolution and sought refuge from the British. Pybus (history, Univ. of Tasmania; The Woman Who Walked to Russia) explains in vivid and eloquent prose how these fugitives struggled for civil and human rights before, during, and after their escapes.
Source: King, Douglas. "Epic Journeys of Freedom: Runaway Slaves of the American Revolution and Their Global Quest for Liberty" Library Journal 131(2) February 1, 2006 p92.

Sokolove, Michael Y. The Ticket Out: Darryl Strawberry and the Boys of Crenshaw. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004.
GV865.S87 S65 2004

Sokolove, a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, has written a passionate, heartbreaking yet sympathetic look at what happens when schoolyard dreams meet the "cold-blooded business" of professional baseball. After writing a 2001 magazine profile on Strawberry, who after high school quickly rose to superstar status with the New York Mets only to decline into an ongoing struggle with drugs, Sokolove decided to further explore "where he came from and what produced this tragic American icon." He found the answer by looking in depth at the 1979 Crenshaw High base ball team--"the greatest assemblage of talent in the whole history of high school baseball"--and the inner city Los Angeles community that produced him.
Source: "The Ticket Out: Darryl Strawberry and the Boys of Crenshaw" Publishers Weekly 251(11) March 15, 2004 p67.

Walters, Ronald W. Freedom Is Not Enough: Black Voters, Black Candidates, and American Presidential Politics. Lanham, MD: Rowan & Littlefield, 2005.
JK1924 .W343 2005

Abolitionists and civil rights activists have fought long and hard for black suffrage and voting rights, arguing that freedom is meaningless without full citizenship and the right to vote. In this work, published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Walters (government & politics, Univ. of Maryland, College Park; White Nationalism, Black Interests: Conservative Public Policy and the Black Community) examines the impact of the black vote on presidential elections since the signing of the law.
Source: Barnes, Sherri L. "Freedom Is Not Enough: Black Voters, Black Candidates, and American Presidential Politics." Library Journal 130(12) July 1, 2005 p100.

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