Folklore, memoirs, and other writings
Summary:When she died in poverty and obscurity in 1960, all of Zora Neale Hurston’s books were out of print. Today her groundbreaking works, suffused with the culture and traditions of African-Americans and the poetry of black speech, have won her recognition as one of the most significant African-American writers.
Dreams from my father : a story of race and inheritance
Summary:In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father, a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man, has been killed in a car accident.
The audacity of hope : thoughts on reclaiming the American dream
Summary:Senator Obama…grapples with the role that faith plays in a democracy. Only by returning to the principles that gave birth to our Constitution, he says, can Americans repair a broken political process, and restore to working order a government dangerously out of touch with millions of ordinary Americans.
Summary:In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era… With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private…Narrating with grace, good humor, and uncommon candor.
The Harlem renaissance : hub of African-American culture, 1920-1930
Summary:It was W.E.B. DuBois who paved the way with his essays and his magazine The Crisis, but the Harlem Renaissance was mostly a literary and intellectual movement…Steven Watson clearly traces the rise and flowering of this movement…describing Harlem from the Cotton Club to its literary salons…This is an important history of one of America’s most influential cultural phenomenons.
Zora and Langston : a story of friendship and betrayal
Summary:"Hurston and Hughes, two giants of the Harlem Renaissance and American literature, were best friends–until they weren’t. Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes were collaborators, literary gadflies, and close companions. Yuval Taylor answers [many]…questions while illuminating Hurston’s and Hughes’s lives, work, competitiveness and ambition."
Slavery and the making of America
Summary:The history of slavery is central to understanding the history of the United States. Slavery and the Making of America offers a richly illustrated, vividly written history that illuminates the human side of this inhumane institution, presenting it largely through stories of the slaves themselves.
Freedom on my mind : the Columbia documentary history of the African American experience
Summary:Contains a collection of speeches, interviews, pamphlets, addresses, and other writings by African-Americans from the Colonial era to the 1990s.
Stony the road : Reconstruction, white supremacy, and the rise of Jim Crow
Summary:A profound new rendering of the struggle by African-Americans for equality after the Civil War and the violent counter-revolution that resubjugated them, as seen through the prism of the war of images and ideas that have left an enduring racist stain on the American mind.
Life upon these shores : looking at African American history, 1513-2008
Summary:The author gives us a sumptuously illustrated, book tracing African American history from the arrival of the conquistadors to the election of Barack Obama. By documenting and illuminating the sheer diversity of African American involvement in American history, society, politics, and culture, he bracingly disabuses us of the presumption of a single "Black Experience."
Obama : an oral history 2009-2017
Summary:Drawing on anecdotes, personal memories and impressions from friends and critics alike—including cabinet secretaries, speechwriters, legal advisers and campaign strategists—a candid oral history of the Obama administration brings to life the behind-the-scenes story of a historic presidency.
The breakthrough : politics and race in the age of Obama
Summary:The late journalist, Gwen Ifill shed new light on the impact of Barack Obama’s presidential victory and introduced the emerging African American politicians forging a new path to political power.
Yes we did : photos and behind-the-scenes stories celebrating our first African American president
Summary:"Intimate photos and insights from the only White House photographer of color during the Obama years–including never-before-seen images of the President and First Lady Michelle Obama, and a diverse array of guests, staffers, and candid moments.
Race man : the collected works of Julian Bond
Summary:"An inspiring, historic collection of writings from one of America’s most important civil rights leaders"–
Between the world and me
Summary:For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage of his life, he’s sought in his explorations of history answers to the mysteries that surrounded him–most urgently, why he, and other black people he knew, seemed to live in fear … In [this book], Coates takes readers along on his journey through America’s history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings–moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race…
What truth sounds like : Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and our unfinished conversation about race in America
Summary:"In 1963 Attorney General Robert Kennedy sought out James Baldwin to explain the rage that threatened to engulf black America."
How to be an antiracist
Summary:""The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it — and then dismantle it." Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America — but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other…"
Hattiesburg : an American city in black and white
Summary:In this rich multigenerational saga of race and family in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, William Sturkey reveals the personal stories behind the men and women who struggled to uphold their southern "way of life" against the threat of desegregation, and those who fought to tear it down in the name of justice and racial equality.–
Wilmington’s lie : the murderous coup of 1898 and the rise of white supremacy
Summary:"By 1898 Wilmington, North Carolina, was a shining example of a mixed-race community… In Wilmington’s Lie, David Zucchino uses contemporary newspaper reports, diaries, letters, and official communications to create a gripping narrative that weaves together individual stories of hate, fear, and brutality. This is a dramatic and definitive account of a remarkable but forgotten chapter of American history"–
They can’t kill us all : Ferguson, Baltimore, and a new era in America’s racial justice movement
Summary:A behind-the-scenes account of the #blacklivesmatter movement shares insights into the young men and women behind it, citing the racially charged controversies that have motivated members and the economic, political, and personal histories that inform its purpose.
Barracoon : the story of the last "black cargo"
Summary:"In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston went to Plateau, Alabama, just outside Mobile, to interview eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis. Of the millions of men, women, and children transported from Africa to America as slaves, Cudjo was then the only person alive to tell the story of this integral part of the nation’s history."
Eighty-eight years : the long death of slavery in the United States, 1777-1865
Summary:Why did it take so long to end slavery in the United States, and what did it mean that the nation existed eighty-eight years as a "house divided against itself," as Abraham Lincoln put it?
Democracy : stories from the long road to freedom
Summary:"A sweeping look at the global struggle for democracy and why America must continue to support the cause of human freedom. Condoleezza Rice has served on the front lines of history. As a child, she was an eyewitness to a third awakening of freedom, when her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, became the epicenter of the civil rights movement for black Americans."
Frederick Douglass in Brooklyn
Summary:This volume compiles original source material that illustrates the complex relationship between Frederick Douglass and the city of Brooklyn.
On the other side of freedom : the case for hope
Summary:"Drawing from his own experiences, DeRay Mckesson, the civil rights activist and organizer, offers ways for all Americans to work to dismantle the legacy of racism and to take responsibility for imagining and building a better world"–
Bending toward justice : the Birmingham church bombing that changed the course of civil rights
Summary:"The story of the decades-long fight to bring justice to the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, culminating in Sen. Doug Jones’ prosecution of the last living bombers. On September 15, 1963, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed. The blast killed four young girls and injured twenty-two others. "
Driving while black : African American travel and the road to civil rights
Summary:"How the automobile fundamentally changed African American life–the true history beyond the Best Picture-winning movie. At the heart of this story is Victor and Alma Green’s famous Green Book, begun in 1936, which made possible that most basic American right, the family vacation, and encouraged a new method of resisting oppression. "
The audacity to win : the inside story and lessons of Barack Obama’s historic victory
Summary:The forty-fourth president’s campaign manager reveals the strategies that he credits with Obama’s successful primary and general elections, explaining how a combination of technology and grassroots organization is revolutionizing politics.
For colored girls who have considered politics
Summary:"The lives of black women in American politics are remarkably absent from the shelves of bookstores and libraries. For Colored Girls Who Have Consider Politics is a sweeping view of American history from the vantage points of four women who have lived and worked behind the scenes in politics for over thirty years–Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, and Minyon Moore–a group of women who call themselves The Colored Girls."
Separate : the story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s journey from slavery to segregation
Summary:Documents the story of the infamous nineteenth-century Supreme Court ruling in favor of segregation, tracing the half-century of history that shaped the ruling and the reverberations that are still being felt today.
Upending the ivory tower : civil rights, black power, and the Ivy League
Summary:"…Between the close of WWII and 1975, the civil rights and Black Power movements transformed the demographics and operation of the Ivy League on and off campus."
Go gator and muddy the water : writings
DVD 323.1196 FRE
American experience. Freedom riders
Summary:This inspirational documentary is about a band of courageous civil-rights activists calling themselves the Freedom Riders. …It chronicles a chapter of American history that stands as an astonishing testament to the accomplishment of youth and what can result from the incredible combination of personal conviction and the courage to organize against all odds.
DVD 973.932 DRE
Dreams of Obama
Summary:A personal and political biography, the film examines the key moments that shaped Obama, and asks what his election says about America. Examines how Obama’s life experiences made him uniquely suited to launch his successful campaign to become the country’s first black president.
Young Adult 323.1196 MAC
The freedom rides : the rise of the civil rights movement
Young Adult B Du Bois
W.E.B. Du Bois : co-founder of the NAACP
Summary:"The first African-American to earn a doctorate at Harvard, W.E.B Du Bois went on to become one of history’s most important civil rights activists. This text analyzes how Du Bois became a leading figure in American history and examines his most influential texts. Students will read and interpret his most important works within their historical context"–
Young Adult Graphic Novel B Lewis
March. Book One
Summary:…Book one spans Congressman Lewis’ youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins…His commitment to justice and nonviolence took him from an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington D.C., and from receiving beatings from state troopers, to receiving the Medal of Freedom awarded to him by Barack Obama, the first African-American president.
Young Adult Graphic Novel B Lewis
March. Book two
Summary:"After the success of the Nashville sit-in campaign, John Lewis is more committed than ever to changing the world through nonviolence — but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like neveuot;
Young Adult Graphic Novel B Lewis
March. Book three
Summary:Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today’s world.
Across that bridge : life lessons and a vision for change
Summary:Sharing stories, life lessons, and reflections on moments that challenged his commitment to his virtues, a civil rights icon presents his philosophy on living courageously and with purpose to create a new America.
Black man, white house : an oral history of the Obama years
Summary:“Drawing upon satirical interviews with the most notorious public figures of our day, a stand-up comic, actor and radio and TV host presents a hilarious send-up of the Obama years that looks at the president’s successes and failures through the imagined eyes of those who saw history unfold…/span>
Sweet taste of liberty : a true story of slavery and restitution in America
Summary:The unforgettable saga of one enslaved woman’s fight for justice and reparations…Henrietta Wood. McDaniel’s book is an epic tale of a black woman who survived slavery twice and who achieved more than merely a moral victory over one of her oppressors. Above all, Sweet Taste of Liberty is a portrait of an extraordinary individual.
The life of Harriet Tubman : Moses of the Underground Railroad
Summary:…”I grew up like a neglected weed–ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it. Now I’ve been free, I know what a dreadful condition slavery is.” Harriet Tubman ran away from slavery in 1849, walking one hundred miles to freedom in the North. For the next sixteen years, Tubman risked her newfound freedom–and her life–to help about three hundred other slaves escape. years, she joined the struggle for the education of her people and for women’s rights. This book is developed from HARRIET TUBMAN: MOSES OF THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD…