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On Display at Clarkston: 2014

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

February 2014

History and Biography

Abu-Jamal, Mumia.
We Want Freedom: A Life in the Blck Panther Party. Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 2004.
Call Number: E185.97.A18 A3 2004

In We Want Freedom, Mumia combines personal experience with extensive research to provide a compelling history of the Black Panther Party--what it was, where it came from, and what rose from its ashes.

Cleaver, Eldridge and Ishmael Reed.
Soul on Ice. New York: Delta Trade Paperbacks, 1999.
Call Number: E185.97.C6 A3 1999

The now-classic memoir that shocked, outraged, and ultimately changed the way America looked at the civil rights movement and the black experience. By turns shocking and lyrical, unblinking and raw, the searingly honest memoirs of Eldridge Cleaver are a testament to his unique place in American history.

Davis, Angela Y.
Angela Davis: An Autobiography. New York: International Publishers, 1988.
Call Number: E185.97.D23 A3 1988

The political activist reflects upon the people and incidents that have influenced her life and commitment to global liberation of the oppressed.

Etheridge, Eric, Roger Wilkins, and Diane McWhorter.
Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders. New York: Atlas & Co., 2008.
Call Number: E185.93.M6 E84 2008

In the spring and summer of 1961, several hundred Americans--blacks and whites, men and women--converged on Jackson, Mississippi, to challenge state segregation laws. The Freedom Riders, as they came to be known, were determined to open up the South to civil rights: it was illegal for bus and train stations to discriminate, but most did and were not interested in change. Over 300 people were arrested and convicted of the charge "breach of the peace."

Gilbert, Olive and Frances W. Titus.
Narrative of Sojourner Truth. Salem, NH: Ayer Co., 1988.
Call Number: E185.97 .T882 1988

Narrative of Sojourner Truth is one of the most important documents of slavery ever written, as well as being a partial autobiography of the woman who became a pioneer in the struggles for racial and sexual equality. With an eloquence that resonates more than a century after its original publication in 1850, the narrative bears witness to Sojourner Truth's thirty years of bondage in upstate New York and to the mystical revelations that turned her into a passionate and indefatigable abolitionist.

Griffin, John Howard
Black Like Me. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1977.
Call Number:E185.61 .G8 1977

Regardless of how much progress has been made in eliminating outright racism from American life, Black Like Me endures as a great human and humanitarian document. In our era, when "international" terrorism is most often defined in terms of a single ethnic designation and a single religion, we need to be reminded that America has been blinded by fear and racial intolerance before.

Helfer, Andrew and Randy DuBurke.
Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography. New York: Hill and Wang, 2006.
Call Number: PN6727.H45 M35 2006

A graphic novel that shows Malcolm Little's transformation from a black youth beaten down by Jim Crow America into Malcolm X, the charismatic, controversial, and doomed national spokesman for the Nation of Islam.
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Lee, Chana Kai.
For Freedom's Sake: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2000.
Call Number: E185.97.H35 L44 2000

The youngest of twenty children of sharecroppers in rural Mississippi, Fannie Lou Hamer witnessed throughout her childhood the white cruelty, political exclusion, and relentless economic exploitation that defined black existence in the Delta. In this intimate biography, Chana Kai Lee documents Hamer's lifelong crusade to empower the poor through collective action, her rise to national prominence as a civil rights activist, and the personal costs of her ongoing struggle to win a political voice and economic self-sufficiency for blacks in the segregated South.

Marable, Manning.
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. New York: Viking, 2011.
Call Number: BP223.Z8 L57655 2011

Draws on new research to trace the life of Malcolm X from his troubled youth through his involvement in the Nation of Islam, his activism in the world of Black Nationalism, and his assassination.

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McKinstry, Carolyn Maull and Denise George.
While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age During the Civil Rights Movement. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2011.
Call Number: F334.B653 M356 2011

On September 15, 1963, a Klan-planted bomb went off in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Fourteen-year-old Carolyn Maull was just a few feet away when the bomb exploded, killing four of her friends in the girl's rest room she had just exited. It was one of the seminal moments in the Civil Rights movement, a sad day in American history ... and the turning point in a young girl's life.

Ottley, Roi and Mark A. Huddle.
Roi Ottley's World War II: The Lost Diary of an African American Journalist. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2011.
Call Number:D811.5 .O86 2011

When black journalist Vincent "Roi" Ottley was assigned to cover the European theater in World War II, he provided a perspective shared by few other war correspondents. But what he really saw has taken more than sixty years to come to light. Already famous as the author of New World A-Coming-in which he decried the hypocrisy of America fighting for freedom in Europe while denying it to blacks at home-Ottley was sent to cover the experiences of African American soldiers that neither white journalists nor the American military felt obliged to report. But while his dispatches documented this assignment, his personal diary reveals a different war-one that included mess hall brawls between Southern white soldiers and their black counterparts, the British public's ignorance toward their own black soldiers, and other subtle glimpses of wartime life that never made it into print.

Randall, Herbert and Bobs M. Tusa.
Faces of Freedom Summer. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 2001.
Call Number: E185.93.M6 R36 2001

These rare photographs re-create the exhilaration and danger of Freedom Summer in 1964 Mississippi.

Sellum, Brian.
Black Cadet in a White Bastion: Charles Young at West Point. Lincoln, NB: University of Nebraska Press, 2006.
Call Number:E185.97.Y63 S53 2006

Examines the life of Charles Young, whose hard work, intellect, focus, and humor allowed him to overcome hazing, social ostracism, and academic difficulties to become the third black graduate of West Point and a colonel.

Washington, Booker T.
Up From Slavery: Authoritative Text, Contexts, and Composition History, Criticism. New York: Norton, 1996.
Call Number: E185.97.W4 A3 1996

Up from Slavery is the 1901 autobiography of Booker T. Washington detailing his slow and steady rise from a slave child during the Civil War, to the difficulties and obstacles he overcame to get an education at the new Hampton University, to his work establishing vocational schools-most notably the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama-to help black people and other disadvantaged minorities learn useful, marketable skills and work to pull themselves, as a race, up by the bootstraps.

Williams, Michael Vinson
Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press, 2011.
Call Number: F349.J13 W55 2011

Extensive archival work in the Evers Papers, the NAACP Papers, oral history collections, FBI files, Citizen Council collections, and the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission Papers, to list a few, provides a detailed account of Evers’s NAACP work and a clearer understanding of the racist environment that ultimately led to his murder.

Youme and Anthony Horton.
Pitch Black. Cinco Puntos Press, 2008.
Call Number: PN6727.Y68 P58 2008

Anthony Horton, an African-American homeless man living in a subway tunnel, describes his life on the streets

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Go Tell it on the Mountain
Always Movin' On
Roy Ottley's World War II Angela Bassett: A biography
Halle Berry: a Biography
The Zulu Kings

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Black History Month This display celebrates African American and African history through a look at African heritage, the Civil Rights movement, biography, literature, and entertainment.

American History and the Civil Rights Movement

Boyd, Herb.
We Shall Overcome. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, 2004.
Call Number: E185.61 .B774 2004

Chronicles the significant events and key figures from the civil right movement, including the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the murder of Emmet Till, and the Watts riots…

Crawford, Michael J.
. The Having of Negroes is Become a Burden: The Quaker Struggle to Free Slaves in Revolutionary North Carolina. Gainesville, FL: University of Press of Florida, 2010.
Call Number: E445.N8 H38 2010

Through diaries, petitions, legislative debates, and letters, well-known as well as uliknown players in the struggle for manumission are allowed to tell their own stories'in their own words, highlighting their personal motivations. This record of the Quaker movement to free their slaves in Revolutionary War-era North Carolina depicts, with penetrating clarity and embtion, a microcosm of the larger struggles over slavery and freedom in the contemporary Atlantic world.

Dagbovie, Pero Gaglo.
The Early Black History Movement, Carter G. Woodson and Lorenzo Johnston Greene. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2007.
Call Number: E185.97.W65 D34 2007

This book examines the lives, work, and contributions of two of the most important figures of the early black history movement, Carter G. Woodson and Lorenzo Johnston Greene.

Du Bois, W.E.B
The Souls of Black Folk. New York: Penguin Books, 1996.
Call Number: E185.6 .D797 1996b

Part historian, part activist, part autobiographer, part economic critic. W. E. B. Du Bois, in this fundamental look at the basis of the civil rights movement, attempts a scrupulous evaluation of the progress of African American cultural development in the United States. Du Bois insisted that there were three things indispensable to this progress: the right to vote, civic impartiality, and equal educational situations.

Engdahl, Sylvia
Amendment XIV: Equal Protection. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2009.
Call Number: KF4755 .A955 2009

The Fourteenth Amendment brought about a fundamental change in the government of America. It is the most sweeping of the U.S. constitution's Amendments, and in fact some scholars have called it "the second Constitution." The amendment's first sectio, which among other provisions ensures that all Americans have equal protection under state and local laws, has become a guarantee of civil rights for everyone.
Source: "Introduction." Amendment XIV. Sylvia Engdahl Ed. Farmington Hills, MI; Greenhaven Press, 2009. 19. Print.

I am a Man: Race, Manhood, and the Civil Rights Movement  Nefertiti: Unlocking the Mystery   Faces of Freedom Summer

Erenst, John.
A Nation within a Nation: Organizing African-American Communities Before the Civil War. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, Inc., 2011.
Call Number: E185.5 .E76 2011

John Ernest offers a comprehensive survey of the broad-ranging and influential African American organizations and networks formed in the North in the late eighteenth century through the end of the Civil War. He examines fraternal organizations, churches, conventions, mutual aid benefit and literary societies, educational organizations, newspapers, and magazines. Ernest argues these organizations demonstrate how African Americans self-definition was not solely determined by slavery as they tried to create organizations in the hope of creating a community.

Estes, Steve.
I am a Man!: Race, Manhood, and the Civil Rights Movement. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005.
Call Number: E185.61 .E76 2005

The civil rights movement was first and foremost a struggle for racial equality, but questions of gender lay deeply embedded within this struggle. Steve Estes explores key groups, leaders, and events in the movement to understand how activists used race and manhood to articulate their visions of what American society should be.

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Forman, James.
The Making of Black Revolutionaries. Washington: Open Hand Pub., 1985.
Call Number: E185.97.F715 A3 1985

This eloquent and provocative autobiography records a day by day, sometimes hour by hour, compassionate account of the events that took place in the streets, meetings, churches, jails, and in people's hearts and minds in the 1960s civil rights movement.

Gottheimer, Josh.
Ripples of Hope: Great American Civil Rights Speeches. New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2003.
Call Number: E184.A1 R53 2003

A collection of civil rights speeches includes a never-before-published speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., in a volume that captures the civil rights movements of African Americans, gays, Asian Americans, women, and Hispanic Americans.

Greenwood, Willard B. Jr.
Aristocrats of Color: The Black Elite, 1880-1920. . Fayetville, AR: University of Arkansas Press, 2000.
Call Number: E185.86 .G38 2000

In the forty years following Reconstruction, African Americans in the United States developed a distinct set of intraracial classes, with a black aristocracy occupying the upper echelons of the community. As he seeks to identify this black elite, Willard Gatewood pays specific attention to its self-image, conduct, values, plans, and relationship to the rest of society.

Hay, Jeff.
Amendment XV: Race and the Right to Vote. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2009.
Call Number: KF4893 .A96 2009

Discusses the historical and political significance of the Fifteenth Amendment--securing voting rights to citizens regardless of race--and how it helped develop voting rights in the United States today.

Black Cadet at a White Bastion  Picturing the Promise   Zora in Florida

Indyk, Martin and others.
Bending History: Barack Obama's Foreign Policy. Washington: Brookings Institution Press, 2012.
Call Number:E907 .I53 2012

Examines first years of the Obama presidency and effects on American foreign policy, including the U.S. relationships with China and Pakistan, war in Afghanistan and withdrawal from Iraq, movement toward Middle East peace, response to the Arab Spring, agendas involving energy, climate, and weak states, and approaches to rogue states.

LeFever, Harry G. and Michael C. Page.
Sacred Places: A Guide to the Civil Rights Sites in Atlanta, Georgia. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2008.
Call Number: JC599.U52 G445 2008

This guide is organized around four walking and driving tours of the important civil rights sites in Atlanta from the 1940s to the present. It also contains historic and current photographs of most of the sites and provides information about how to reach the sites by car or public transportation.

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May, Gary.
Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy. New York: Basic Books, 2013.
Call Number: KF4893 .M39 2013

In Bending Toward Justice, celebrated historian Gary May describes how black voters overcame centuries of bigotry to secure and preserve one of their most important rights as American citizens.

Moore, Jacqueline, M.
Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, and the Struggle for Racial Uplift. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 2003.
Call Number: E185.97.W4 M66 2003

Although other books address the Washington–Du Bois conflict, this text provides a detailed overview of the issues in a brief yet thorough narrative, giving students a clear understanding of these two influential leaders.

Williams, Cecil J.
Freedom & Justice: Four Decades of the Civil Rights Struggle as Seen by a Black Photographer of the Deep South. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1995.
Call Number: E185.93.S7 W693 1995

This collection of essays by eight historians -- along with an epilogue by noted scholar Donald G. Mathews -- not only expands historical investigation of race and ethnicity in the South in fresh directions, but also dissects more thoroughly some traditional aspects of the topic. Addressing subjects from the 1830s to the 1990s, all of the essays underscore the constant struggle to define and redefine ethnic boundaries and etiquettes to match changing historical circumstances.

Young, Mitchell
Racial Discrimination. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2006.
Call Number: KF4755.A7 R35 2006

Presents extracts and analysis of recent court decisions dealing with racial discrimination, covering such issues as the outlawing of school segregation, the prosecution of hate crimes, and racial balancing in the college admission process.

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Literature and the Arts

Ailey, Alvin and A. Peter Bailey.
Revelations: The Autobiography of Alvin Ailey. Bridgewater, NJ: Replica Books, 1999.
Call Number: GV1785.A38 A3 1999

The distinguished dancer and choreographer recalls his childhood in rural Texas, his search for identity, and the individuals that shaped his life and career.

Baldwin, James.
Go Tell it on the Mountain. New York: Modern Library, 1995.
Call Number: PS3552.A45 G62 1995

Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy’s discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935. Baldwin’s rendering of his protagonist’s spiritual, sexual, and moral struggle of self-invention opened new possibilities in the American language and in the way Americans understand themselves.

Bindman, David, Henry Louis Gates, and Karen C. Dalton.
The Image of the Black in Western Art. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2010.
Call Number: N8232 .I46 2010

John and Dominique de Menil were vocal champions of human rights worldwide, focusing their actions on civil rights in particular. In 1960 they launched the ambitious scholarly research project The Image of the Black in Western Art, directed by art historian Ladislas Bugner. Spanning nearly 5,000 years and documenting virtually all forms of media, the unprecedented research project was devoted to the systematic investigation of how people of African descent have been perceived and represented in art.

Gardner, Eric.
Unexpected Places: Relocating Nineteenth-Century African American Literature. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2009.
Call Number: PS153.N5 G25 2009

: In conversation with both archival sources and contemporary scholarship, Unexpected Places calls for a large-scale rethinking of the nineteenth-century African American literary landscape.

Gardullo, Paul, National Museum of African American History and Culture, and National Museum of American Hisory.
Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing the Promise. Washington: National Museum of African American History, 2009.
Call Number: E185.93.D6 S38 2009

Nearly a century's worth of Scurlock photographs combine to form a searing portrait of black Washington in all its guisesits challenges and its victories, its dignity and its determination.

Gates, Henry Louis and Anthony Appiah.
Langston Hughes: Critical Perspectives. New York: Amistad, 1993.
Call Number: PS3515.U274 Z672 1993

With a career that spanned the Harlem Renaissance of the twenties and Black Arts movement of the sixties, Langston Hughes was the most prolific Black poet of his era.

Glassman, Steve and Kathryn Lee Seidel.
Zora in Florida Orlando: University of Central Florida Press, 1991.
Call Number: PS3515.U789 Z958 1991

Zora in Florida focuses on the place that nurtured and inspired her work, the frontier wilderness of central Florida and the all-black town of Eatonville.

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Goldstein, Nancy
Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2008.
Call Number: PN6727.O74 G65 2008

Jackie Ormes chronicles the life of this multiply talented, fascinating woman who became a successful commercial artist and cartoonist.

Haskins, James.
Always Movin' On: The Life of Langston Hughes. Trenton: Africa World Press, 1993.
Call Number: PS3515.U274 Z656 1993

A book on the writer who, throughout his career, sought to express the heroism he saw in his people -- a strength to endure without bitterness.

The Having of Negroes...  The Souls of Black Folks   Black Aristocrats

Hopkins, Pauline E. and Ira Dworkin.
Daughter of the Revolution: The Major Nonfiction Works of Pauline E. Hopkins. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2007.
Call Number: E185.6 .H7 2007

Pauline E. Hopkins (1859–1930) came to prominence in the early years of the twentieth century as an outspoken writer, editor, and critic. Frequently recognized for her first novel, Contending Forces, she emerged as one of the most prolific African American women writers of fiction prior to 1930 and is currently one of the most widely read and studied African American novelists from that period. While nearly all of Hopkins's fiction remains in print, there is very little of her nonfiction available. This reader brings together dozens of her hard-to-find essays.

Hughes, Langston.
Short Stories. New York: Hill and Wang, 2007.
Call Number: 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.

Hurston, Lucy Anne.
Speak So You Can Speak Again: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. New York: Doubleday, 2004.
Call Number:PS3515.U789 Z74 2004

A life of the distinguished African American folklorist and author features facsimiles of her writing and samples of her works in their original published format.

Hurston, Zora Neale.
I Love Myself when I am Laughing -- And Then Again when I am Looking Mean and IMpressive: A Zora Neale Hurston Reader. Old Westbury, NY: The Feminist Press, 1979.
Call Number: PS3515.U789 A6 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.

Johnson, James Weldon.
The Essential Writings fo James Weldon Johnson. New York: Modern Library, 2008.
Call Number: PS3519.O2625 A6 2008

This collection of poetry, fiction, criticism, autobiography, political writing and two unpublished plays by James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) spans 60 years of pure triumph over adversity. [….Johnson’s] nobility, his inspiration shine forth from these pages, setting moral and artistic standards.

Johnson, James Weldon, Rosamond J. Johnson, and Elizabeth Catlett.
Lift Every Voice and Sing. New York: Walker, 1993.
Call Number: M1671 .J64 1993

An illustrated version of the song that has come to be considered the African American national anthem.

Simak, Evelyn.
African Beads: The Jewels of a Continent. Denver: Africa Direct, 2010.
Call Number: NK3650.5.A35 S56 2010

African Beads: Jewels of a Continent is the first book dedicated exclusively to African-made beads. In detailed chapters organized by material (bone and shell, wood and amber, stone, metal, glass) authors Evelyn Simak and Carl Dreibelbis trace the historical journey of bead making in Africa.

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Sports and Entertainment

Bennetta, Jules-Rosette and Simon Njami.
Josephine Baker in Art and Life: The Icon and the Image. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2007.
Call Number:GV1785.B3 J85 2007

Josephine Baker (1906-1975) was a dancer, singer, actress, author, politician, militant, and philanthropist, whose images and cultural legacy have survived beyond the hundredth anniversary of her birth. Neither an exercise in postmodern deconstruction nor simple biography, Josephine Baker in Art and Life presents a critical cultural study of the life and art of the Franco-American performer whose appearances as the savage dancer Fatou shocked the world.

Bogle, Donald.
Brown Sugar: Over One Hundred Years of America's Black Female Superstars. New York: Continuum, 2007.
Call Number: PN2286 .B6 2007

With a wink or a nod, a shake of their shoulders or hips, America's "Dark Divas," "Sepia Sirens," "Black Beauties" have acted out fantastic stories full of whispers and secrets. They have played with the myths, created legends, turned the social order topsy-turvy.

Bogle, Donald.
Dorothy Dandridge: A Biography. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997.
Call Number: PN2287.D256 B64 1997

She captured America's hearts in such stunning films as Carmen Jones and Porgy and Bess. Finally, the true story of America's first Black movie star is revealed in this brilliant, in-depth biography-from her turbulent childhood in Cleveland, to her Hollywood girlhood, her battles against racism, her rise to fame, her marriage and affairs, and her professional and personal decline.

Davis, Tracey and Dolores A. Barclay.
Sammy Davis Jr.: My Father. Los Angeles: General Pub. Group, 1996.
Call Number: PN2287.D322 D38 1996

The daughter of Sammy Davis, jr, and May Britt recounts her loving, but distant relationship with her father, and describes how she confronted him and they drew closer after she grew up.

Fitzgerald, Dawn.
Angela Bassett. Philadephia: Chesea House Publishers, 2002.
Call Number: PN2287.B384 A3 2002

A biography of the actress known for her work in such films as How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting to Exhale.

Goudsouzian, Ara.
Sidney Poitier: Man, Actor, Icon. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.
Call Number: PN2287.P57 G68 2004

In the first full biography of actor Sidney Poitier, Aram Goudsouzian analyzes the life and career of a Hollywood legend, from his childhood in the Bahamas to his 2002 Oscar for lifetime achievement. Poitier is a gifted actor, a great American success story.

Hill, Constance Valis.
. Tap Dancing America: A Cultural History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
Call Number: GV1794 .H485 2010

The first comprehensive (and only up-to-date) history of tap dancing in its three-hundred-year evolution in America.

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Hughes, Langston and Milton Meltzer.
Black Magic: A Pictorial History of the Negro in American Entertainment. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1967.
Call Number: PN2286 .H75 1967

Black Magic Langston Hughes's last book, presents the vast, sweeping story of African-American entertainers--the artists and the musicians, the singers and the dancers, the obscure and the illustrious--from the tragic beginnings in slavery to he triumphant artistic achievements of the late 1960s.

Johnson, Melissa Ewey.
Halle Berry: A Biography. Santa Barbara: Greenwood Press, 2010.
Call Number: PN2287.B4377 J76 2010

Outlines the life and career of Halle Berry and describes many of the roles that she performed on her way to becoming an Oscar award-winning actress.

Leonard, Sugar Ray and Michael Akush.
Sugar Ray Leonard: The Big Fight: My Life in and out of the Ring. New York: Viking, 2011.
Call Number: GV1132.L42 L46 2011

The International Boxing Hall of Fame icon shares the story of his rise from impoverished origins to become a national Golden Gloves champion, Olympic gold medalist, and top-rate pro, discussing his professional relationships, exposure to sports corruption, and struggles with addiction.

Papich, Stephen.
Remembering Josephine. Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill, 1976.
Call Number: GV1785.B3 P36

I have not stripped Josephine of her illusions about herself. I , too, wish everyone to hang on to his own illusions about himself -- and about Josephine.
Source: Papich, Stephen. "Preface." Remembering Josephine. New York: bobbs-Merrill Co; 1976 xviii. Print.

Smith, Eric Ledell
Bert Williams: A Biography of the Pioneer Black Comedian. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1992.
Call Number: PN2287.W46 S55 1992

In the early 20th century, black musical shows, operettas, and revues were among Americas most popular forms of entertainment. The foremost of the eras African-American entertainers was pantomime artist and comedian Bert Williams. With partner George Nash Walker, Williams starred in the first black musical to open on Broadway, In Dahomey (which became the first black show to give a command performance before English royalty). In 1910, he joined Florenz Ziegfelds Follies--the only black then regularly appearing on Broadway.

Smith, Ronald L.
Cosby: The Life of a Comedy Legend. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1997.
Call Number: PN2287.C632 S63 1997

The Life of a Comedy Legend by Ronald L. Smith, a recognized writer on comedy and comedians, tracks the humble upbringing of the Cos in the Philadelphia projects; explores the inspiration he drew from his family, his teachers, the strong female figures in his life, and the books he read; discusses the hardships he experienced while working several jobs to help support his sisters and brothers after his father deserted the family; and reveals his lean years as a budding comic, his early successes, and the big break that brought him to television.

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Around the World

Bahadur, Jay.
The Pirates of Somalia: Inside their Hidden World. New York: Pantheon Books, 2011.
Call Number: DT403.2 .B34 2011

This riveting narrative examines the world of the Somalian pirates: how they live, the forces that have created piracy in Somalia, how they spend the ransom money, and how they deal with their hostages.

Brown, Gordon S.
Toussaint's Clause: The Founding Fathers and the Hatian Revolution. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2005.
Call Number: E310.7 .B76 2005

The story of an early American foreign policy crisis and its lasting effect on liberty and the Caribbean

Calvin, Matthew J.
Toussaint Louverture and the American Civil War: The Promise and Peril of a Second Hatian Revolution. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010.
Call Number: E453 .C535 2010

Toussaint Louverture and the American Civil War demonstrates beyond a doubt just how much attention the Haitian Revolution received in the United States between 1791 and 1865, from both whites and blacks, from the North and the South alike, and from abolitionists to fire-eaters. Elegantly written and deeply researched, this gripping account is filled with insight about America's fascination with Louverture and his rebellion.

Carter, Cynthia Jacobs.
Africana Woman: Her Story Through Time. Washington: National Geographic, 2003.
Call Number: E185.86 .C325 2003

Celebrates the political, economic, social, and cultural contributions of women of African descent throughout history, from Queen Tiye, Queen of Egypt in 1300 B.C., to abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth, to journalist and activist Ida B. Wells, and others, giving voice to these women in a collection of diary excerpts, songs, poetry, and artwork.

Dallaire, Romeo, Jessica Dee Humphreys, and Ishmael Beah.
They Fight Like Soldiers They Die Like Children: The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers. New York: Walker & Co., 2011.
Call Number: UB419.R93 D358 2011

Traces the proliferation of child-soldier use throughout the world as well as international efforts to end the practice.

Davidson, Basil and Time-Life Books.
African Kingdoms. New York: Time Inc., 1966.
Call Number: DT25 .D29

This belongs to that glorious Time-Life series of books from the mid-'60s called the Great Ages of Man. It is a good place to start for the beginner who wants to get a basic grasp of African history.

Maharaj, Mac. and A.M. Kathrada.
Mandela: The Authorized Portrait. Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel Pub., 2006.
Call Number: DT1974 .M348 2006

Describes and depicts the life and times of the South African president who spent twenty-seven years in jail for his political beliefs, and includes interviews by such figures as Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, and Bono.

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Mandela, Nelson.
Nelson Mandela: The Struggle is my Life: His Speeches and Writings Brought Togethers with HistoricalDocuments and Accounts of Mandela in Prison by Fellow-Prisoners.
Call Number: DT1949.M35 A3 1990

A man with an unequal quality of integrity,prestige and apure heart full of courage even at the face of impossibilities.Formed by a great passion for humanity,equiped by a flaming determination,born by struggle in the black devastating soil of Africa,my mother land.

Pitch Black  African Beads: Jewels of a Continent

Roberts, Brian.
The Zulu Kings. New York: Scribner, 1974.
Call Number: DT878.Z9 R72 1975

What seems not to have bothered either of them (or if they were bothered they did not admit to it was the mysterious nature of the Natal interior and the formidable repuation of its inhabitants…From the reports they had gathered it must have been obvious that it would require more than comercial enterprise to deal with the people whom the Portuguese called Vatwas or Hollentontes and whom others referred to vaguely as Zooloos, Zulos, or Zoolahs.
Source: Roberts, Brian. The Zulu Kings. New York: Scribner, 1975. 15-16. Print.

Schwarz-Bart, Simone and Andre Schwarz-Bart.
In Priase of Black Women. Madison, WI: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2003.
Call Number: HQ1123 .S379 2001

In Praise of Black Women is a magnificent tribute to women in Africa and the African diaspora from the ancient past to the present. Lavishly illustrated, with text written and selected by the celebrated Guadeloupean novelist Simone Schwarz-Bart, this four-volume series celebrates remarkable women who distinguished themselves in their time and shaped the course of culture and history.

Tutu, Desmond.
God is not a Christian and Other Provocations. New York: HarperOne, 2011.
Call Number: BR127 .T88 2011

In this collection of Desmond Tutu's most historic and controversial speeches and writings, we witness his unique career of provoking the powerful and confronting the world in order to protect the oppressed, the poor, and other victims of injustice. Renowned first for his courageous opposition to apartheid in South Africa, he and his ministry soon took on international dimensions.

Tyldesley, Joyce A
Nefertiti: Egypt's Sun Queen. New York: Penguin, 2005.
Call Number: DT87.45 .T95 2005

For over a decade Nefertiti, wife of the heretic king Akhenaten, was the most influential woman in the Bronze Age world; a beautiful queen blessed by the sun-god, adored by her family and worshipped by her people. Her image and her name were celebrated throughout Egypt and her future seemed golden. Suddenly Nefertiti disappeared from the royal family, vanishing so completely that it was as if she had never been.

Walz Terence and Kenneth M. Cuno.
Race and Slavery in the Middle East: Histories of Trans-Saharan Africans in Nineteenth-Century Egypt, Sudan, and the Ottoman Mediterranean. New York: American University in Cairo Press, 2010.
Call Number: HT1316 .R23 2010

This fascinating study describes the Middle East's culture of slavery and the evolution of racial prejudice.

Woods, Donald.
Biko. New York: H. Holt, 1991.
Call Number: DT779.8.B48 W67 1991

This portrait of South African Black leader Steve Biko includes the testimony of Peter Jones, who was arrested with Biko, and the story of the author's escape from South Africa after leading the public outcry over Biko's death.

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