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  • Details about Life upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008

    Life upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008

    Henry Louis Gates

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr., gives us a sumptuously illustrated landmark book tracing African American history from the arrival of the conquistadors to the election of Barack Obama. Informed by the latest, sometimes provocative scholarship and including more than seven hundred images--ancient maps, fine art, documents, photographs, cartoons, posters-- Life Upon These Shores focuses on defining events, debates, and controversies, as well as the signal achievements of people famous and obscure. Gates ……more

  • Details about The warmth of other suns : the epic story of America's great migration

    The warmth of other suns : the epic story of America's great migration

    Isabel Wilkerson.

    One of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year. In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of ot……more

  • Details about They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement

    They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement

    Wesley Lowery

    "Electric...so well reported, so plainly told and so evidently the work of a man who has not grown a callus on his heart."--Dwight Garner, New York Times, "A Top Ten Book of 2016" "I'd recommend everyone to read this book because it's not just statistics, it's not just the information, but it's the connective tissue that shows the human story behind it." -- Trevor Noah, The Daily Show New York Times Editors' Choice One of the Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016 -- Publishers Weekly One of the……more

  • Details about 4 Little Girls

    4 Little Girls

    Spike Lee

    When a bomb tears through the basement of a black Baptist church on a peaceful fall morning, it takes the lives of four young girls; Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Addie Mae Collins. This racially motivated crime, taking place at a time when the civil rights movement is burning with a new flame, could have doused that flame forever. Instead it fuels a nation's outrage and brings Birmingham, Alabama to the forefront of America's concern.…more

  • Details about Fences

    Fences

    August Wilson; Lloyd Richards (Introduction by)

    * Now a Major Motion Picture directed by Denzel Washington, and starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis (winner of Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe for her role) * Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play "In his work, Mr. Wilson depicted the struggles of black Americans with uncommon lyrical richness, theatrical density and emotional heft, in plays that give vivid voices to people on the frayed margins of life."-- The New York Times From legendary playwr……more

  • Details about The bluest eye; a novel.

    The bluest eye; a novel.

    Toni Morrison ; with a new afterword by the author.

    Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison's virtuosic first novel asks powerful q……more

  • Details about The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America

    The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America

    Michael Eric Dyson

    A provocative and lively deep dive into the meaning of America's first black presidency, from "one of the most graceful and lucid intellectuals writing on race and politics today" ( Vanity Fair ). Michael Eric Dyson explores the powerful, surprising way the politics of race have shaped Barack Obama's identity and groundbreaking presidency. How has President Obama dealt publicly with race--as the national traumas of Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, and Walter……more

  • Details about Homegoing

    Homegoing

    Yaa Gyasi

    " Homegoing is an inspiration." --Ta-Nehisi Coates A novel of breathtaking sweep and emotional power that traces three hundred years in Ghana and along the way also becomes a truly great American novel. Extraordinary for its exquisite language, its implacable sorrow, its soaring beauty, and for its monumental portrait of the forces that shape families and nations, Homegoing heralds the arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction. Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into differe……more