African American History, Life & Values since 1968
On the Web: Specialized Sites
Cartosio, Bruno. "US black mayors-what next? A European perspective," Monthly Review 37,2 (6/85):25-39.
Kadetsky, Elizabeth. "My neighbor, my enemy," Nation (12/30/91):839-842. Hasidic Jews & African American in conflict in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg.
Kenyatta, Muhammad. "In defense of the black family: the impact of racism on the family as a support system," Monthly Review 34,10 (3/83):12-21.
Pogrebin, Letty Cottin. "Blacks & Jews: different kinds of survival," Nation (9/23/91).
In the Library: Non-Fiction Books
Acham, Christine. Fight the Power. Revolution Televised: Prime Time & the Struggle for Black Power (Minneapolis: U. of Minnesota, 2004). Political reading of "Sanford & Son" & "Good Times."
Allen, Ray. Singing in the Spirit: African-American Sacred Quartets in New York City (Philadelphia: U. Pennsylvania, 1991).
Baker, Houston A. Jr. Turning South Again: Re-Thinking Modernism, Re-Reading Booker T. (Durham NC: Duke, 2001).
Bell-Scott, Patricia & others (eds.) Double Stitch: Black Women Write About Mothers & Daughters (Boston: Beacon, 1991).
Cannon, Lou. Official Negligence: How Rodney King & the Riots Changed Los Angeles & the LAPD (NY: Random House, 1997).
Carey, Lorene. Black Ice (NY: Knopf, 1991). Memoir of a high school teacher's work & isolation.
Cohen, Cathy J. The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS & the Breakdown of Black Politics (Chicago, 1999).
Davis, Angela Y. The Angela Y. Davis Reader (ed. Joy James; Boston: Blackwell, 1998).
Davis, Sampson; George Jenkins & Rameck Hunt with Lisa Frazier Page. The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise & Fulfill a Dream (NY: Riverhead, 2002). How three Newark NJ youths helped each other get out of poverty & into the medical profession.
Edelman, Marian Wright. The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children & Yours (Boston: Beacon, 1992).
Essed, Philomena. Everyday Racism: Reports from Women of Two Cultures (Claremont CA: Hunter House, 1990). Cf. Surinamese experience in Netherlands, Black experience in US.
Evers-Williams, Myrlie with Melinda Blau. Watch Me Fly: What I Learned On the Way to Becoming the Woman I Was Meant to Be (Boston: Little, Brown, 1999).
Feagin, Joe R. & Melvin P. Sikes. Living with Racism: The Black Middle-Class Experience (Boston: Beacon, 1995).
Fountain, John W. True Vine: A Young Black Man’s Journey of Faith, Hope & Clarity (NY: PublicAffairs, 2003).
Garner, Rochelle. Contesting the Terrain of the Ivory Tower: Spiritual Leadership of African American Women in the Academy (NY: Routledge, 2004).
Greene, Melissa Faye. Praying for Sheetrock: A Work of Nonfiction (Reading MA: Addison-Wesley, 1991). Civil rights come, belatedly, to the southeast Georgia coast.
Gwaltney, John Langston. Drylongso: A Self-Portrait of Black America (NY: Random House, 1980). Ethnography of middle-class folks.
Harley, Sharon & Black Women & Work Collective. Sister Circle: Black Women & Work (New Burnswick NJ: Rutgers, 2002).
Hill, Robert B. The Strengths of Black Families (Lanham MD: University Press, 2003).
Husemoller, Carl. A History of Poor Black Children & Their American Dreams (NY: Basic, 1994)
Headley, Bernard. The Atlanta Youth Murders & the Politics of Race (Carbondale IL: Southern Illinois U, 2000).
Kotlowitz, Alex. There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America (NY: Doubleday, 1991).
McCall, Nathan. Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America (NY: Random, 1994).
Merelman, Richard M. Representing Black Culture: Race & Cultural Politics in the US (NY: Routledge, 1995).
Mosley, Walter (ed.) Black Genius: African American Solutions to African American Problems (NY: Norton, 1999).
__________. Workin' on the Chain Gang: Shaking Off the Dead Hand of History (NY: Ballantine, 2000).
Nissel, Angela. The Broke Diaries: The Completely True & Hilarious Misadventures of a Good Girl Gone Broke (NY: Villard, 2001).
Raybon, Patricia. My First White Friend: Confessions on Race, Love, & Forgiveness (NY: Viking Penguin, 1996).
Rogers, Mary Beth. Barbara Jordan: American Hero ( NY: Bantam, 2000).
Rose, Dan. Black American Street Life: South Philadelphia, 1969-1971 (Philadelphia: U. Pennsylvania, 1987).
Shabazz, Ilyasah. Growing Up X (NY: Ballantine, 2002).
Smith, David John. Black Judas: William Hannibal Thomas & the American Negro
(Athens: U. of Georgia, 1999).
Smith, R. Drew (ed.) African American Churches & Civic Culture in Post-Civil Rights America. Vol. I: The Public Influences of African American Churches (Durham NC: Duke, 2003).
Smith-Shomade, Beretta E. Shaded Lives: African-American Women & Television (New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers, 2002).
Washington, Elsie B. Uncivil War: The Struggle Between Black Men & Women (Chicago: Noble, 1996).
Wickham, DeWayne. Bill Clinton & Black America (NY: Ballantine, 2002).
In the Library: Fiction
In the Library: For Young Readers
In the Library: Poetry
In the Library: Drama
In the Library: Photography
"Commitments" , dir. Carol Mazes, 90m.
"Crossroads: Boyle Heights" , by John Esaki, 28m. From Japanese American National Museum.
"Do the Right Thing" , dir. Spike Lee, 120m. In video stores. Searing portrait of inter-ethnic relations in NY.
"Flag Wars" , dir. Linda Goode Bryant, ?m. From PBS. Communal strife between gay gentrifiers & their African-American neighbors in Columbus, OH.
"Grand Canyon" , dir. Lawrence Kasdan, 134m. In video stores. LA lives intertwine in rare interracial drama in which hero, both wise & good (Danny Glover), is working-class Black man.