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The Mis-Education of the Negro

Author:Carter G. Woodson
About the Author
Dr. Woodson (1875-1950), African American historian and educator, was the founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. He was the author of more than 16 books, and the founder and editor of the Journal of Negro History and the Negro History Bullentin.

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"History shows that it does not matter who is in power... those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they did in the beginning." -- Dr. Carter G. Woodson Now Available --- BACK IN PRINT!

ISBN: 1592320953
Format: Paperback, 240pp
Publication Date: 2006
Publisher: African Tree Press
Retail Price: $8.95
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Spirit of Harlem

Author:Craig Marberry, Photographer- Michael Cunningham
The creative team behind the smash hit Crowns:Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats returns with a glorious tour of the spirit of Harlem?a collection of fifty stunning black-and-white photographs and unforgettable interviews that capture the heart and soul of one of the most famous and vibrant neighborhoods in the world. Harlem, long known as the epicenter of black cultural life in America, is undergoing a radical change. An unprecedented infusion of hundreds of millions of dollars in development capital is revitalizing the community and transforming a cityscape marred by decades of poverty. In a striking show of exuberance, upscale shops are materializing in once-abandoned buildings, new homes are popping up in vacant lots, and sheets of glass twinkle in place of grim, boarded-up windows. The economic renewal has lured a host of new people to the neighborhood?doctors, lawyers, investment bankers, and even a former president. But it has also posed a threat to many residents who have lived through the worst of times and now fear that they will lose their homes and livelihoods as boom times sweep in. Spirit of Harlem documents this extraordinary period of transition through the words and faces of newcomers and longtime residents alike. There are reminiscences of Harlem during the 1920s through the 1960s, stories of friends and families gathering at churches, in local shops, and on the streets, and thoughts on what the future holds for the neighborhood. Millions of tourists visit Harlem each year, and many people in the United States can trace their roots to this legendary area or have read about its remarkable history and impact on American life and culture. In more than fifty stunning portraits and essays, Spirit of Harlem brings all its splendor, rancor, drama, and glamour vividly to life. The voices of Spirit of Harlem: The minute you step out your door, everything in Harlem is in your face. There is a beauty and a poetry in all that . . . Lana Turner, real estate broker Bubba and me thought Harlem was Heaven, all the lights and the sights. I asked my aunt, "Where do all the white people live?" Rev. Betty Neal When I came up from the subway, I said, "Oh man, I'm lost!" But then I saw the Apollo and it blew me away. I said, "Wow, this is it! I'm in Harlem!" I had never been to Harlem before, but I just knew I belonged here. Bryan Collier, author and artist

ISBN: 0385504063

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The Willie Lynch Letter and the Making of a Slave

Author:Kashif Malik Hassan-El
The Willie Lynch Letter and the Making of a Slave is a study of slave making. It describes the rationale and the results of Anglo Sazon's ideas and methods of insuring the master/slave relationship.

ISBN: 0948390530

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History of Black Business in America

Author:Juliet E.K. Walker
This book traces the development of black enterprise in America. It is a return to the days when communities, including those in the tradition of black Americans, placed enterprise at the very center of their activity. It also reminds us of the blue-print for success in America. More importantly, it is a return to scholarship which concentrates on the importance of self-help; enterprise building and the ability to think and act like a free person. Since the early 1960s, studies of failure have dominated literature on black Americans. This book returns us to literature which examines how people actually created economic stability in hostile situations. It also reminds us that the excellent literature on present day immigrant groups share a lot in common with the early literature on black Americans. A great piece of scholarship. It is also instructive to note that Madam Walker, Booker T. Washington, and Mr. Johnson are pictured on the cover. This denotes a time which entrepreneurs, rather than politicians and ministers, were the most important leaders in the black community.

ISBN: 0805716505

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Mandela, Mobutu, and Me

A Bittersweet Journal of Africa
Author:Lynne Duke
For an African American female journalist in the 1990s, there was no more exciting or heartrending place to be than southern Africa. Duke, Johannesburg bureau chief for the Washington Post from 1995 to 1999, covered it all: civil war in Congo-Zaire, genocide in Rwanda, the tenuous peace in Angola, and the end of apartheid in South Africa. A self-described "walking, talking curiosity," Duke found that her race and gender variously elicited confusion, suspicion, trust, and blatant sexism. Despite her inescapable emotional involvement, she clearly and impartially describes the atrocities, political maneuverings, and daily life in countries where exploitative colonial rule has given way to internal strife and devastation. The book's title reflects the starkly opposite choices available to postcolonial Africa: brutal dictatorship, symbolized by former Zairian leader Mobutu Sese Seko, and the optimistic, democratic future represented by former South African president Nelson Mandela. Although an index and maps would have enhanced Duke's skillful distillation of events, her absorbing memoir should find a wide audience in both public and academic.

ISBN: 0385503989

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I May Not Get There With You

The True Martin Luther King, Jr
Author:Michael Dyson
Provocative preacher-teacher Michael Eric Dyson, known for his hip-hop-style delivery and encyclopedic intellectual powers, heroically tries to update and examine the true legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. for a glib Generation-X world. Calling I May Not Get There with You a work of "biocriticism," Dyson peels away the superficial image of King the man to reveal a complex human being whose work was far from finished or totally understood. "In the last thirty years we have trapped King in romantic images or frozen his legacy in worship," he writes. "I seek to rescue King from his admirers and deliver him from his foes." To that end, Dyson takes aim at neoconservatives like Shelby Steele, who spin King's multiracial dreams into a right-wing call to end affirmative action, and goes after black militants who thought King was "soft" and overlooked the power of his "black radical Christianity." He also criticizes the government's co-opting of King's philosophy in a holiday, as well as what he calls the King family's well-meaning, but destructive, attempts to protect King's legacy. Dyson forces us to accept King for all of his faults--including plagiarism and womanizing--but more importantly allows us to see a real human being who rose to the height of humanity


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General A. P. Hill

Author:James L. Robertson, Robert H. Rhodes
A Confederate general who ranks with Lee, Jeb Stuart, and Stonewall Jackson but whose achievements have been unfairly neglected until now, finally receives his due in this invaluable biography by a noted historian of the Civil War. Drawing extensively on newly unearthed documents, this work provides a gripping battle-by-battle assessment of Hill's role in Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and other battles. 8 pages of photographs.


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The Emergence of African-American Culture
Author:Howard Dodson, Lisa Lytton (Editor) Winton Marsalis (Introducion)
Slaves came to the Americas from many different parts of the African continent, bringing with them distinct languages, religions, and expressive arts. Jubilee shows the many ways that these diverse peoples united, forged their own identity, and laid the foundations for truly unique African-American social, cultural, political, and economic expressions throughout the Western Hemisphere.
Jubilee is written by Howard Dodson, chief of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture-one of the most prominent institutions of black scholarship in the world. Essays by leading voices in African-American history and literature, including Henry Louis Gates, Jr., John Hope Franklin, Amiri Bakara, Annette Gordon-Reed, and Gail Buckley will explore topics such as abolition and emancipation, changes in family life and social development, religion, and the evolution of language, literacy, and education through the end of Reconstruction. This illuminating text is surrounded by more than 200 stunning illustrations, culled from the Schomburg’s collection of more than 5 million items. From slave ship manifests, manumission papers, and some of the earliest photographs of slaves to carved items that echo African sculpture and freedom quilts with African motifs, the book is richly illustrated in an interactive way that brings to life this crucial transition from slavery to freedom.


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Lest We Forget

The Passage from Africa to Slavery and Emancipation: A Three-Dimensional Interactive Book with Photographs and Documents from the Black Holocaust Exhibi
Author:Velma Maia Thomas
Velma Maia Thomas, the developer of the Black Holocaust Exhibit, has written a passionate yet brief account of slavery in America. Lest We Forget is packaged to mimic a multimedia exhibit: pages fold out, pop up, and often contain three-dimensional objects, such as an envelope that opens to reveal a facsimile of a receipt for a slave named Francis. The production techniques may make Lest We Forget look like a children's book, but the text offers a serious, moving depiction of how slaves lived before emancipation.

ISBN: 0609600303

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The African American Archive

The History of the Black Experience Through Documents
Author:Kai Wright
Here is the most sweeping and informative collection of documents detailing the Black experience ever compiled. Destined to become the bible of writings on and about African-American culture, politics and history, THE AFRICAN AMERICAN ARCHIVE portrays the stark realities, great moments and fascinating particulars of being black in America, through the minds and pens of those who lived it. Featuring letters, articles, pamphlets and papers of all kinds, every important document is here-the Emancipation Proclamation, the Brown vs. Board of Education decision, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech and-along with scores of enlightening personal documents-harrowing accounts from slaves who suffered the passage from Africa, letters from black soldiers in the Civil War, journal entries from civil rights workers in the '60s and Louis Farrakhan's speech at the 1995 Million Man March. Arranged chronologically from the 1600s to the present, each document is introduced with a careful discussion, providing historical background and context .

ISBN: 1549121578

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My Brother Martin

Author:Christine King Farns, Chris Soentpiet (Illustrator)
Christine King Farris, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s sister, and artist Chris Soentpiet bring us a unique, moving look at the boyhood of a civil rights leader often portrayed as larger than life.With the aid of the Soentpiet's strikingly realistic images, which transport us to the earlier part of the 20th century, Farris describes the mischievous and determined younger days of her brother (called M.L. by the family), before he became the man who "had a dream."

ISBN: 0689843879

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America's First Black General

Author:Marvin E. Fletcher, Benjamin O. Davis (Introduction)
Throughout an illustrious career that spanned the half-century from the Spanish-American War through World War II, Benjamin O. Davis proved that determination and diplomacy could overcome the barriers raised by racial bigotry.Today there are as many as 10,000 black officers in the army. In Davis's day there weren't more than two or three. As Marvin Fletcher's admiring but balanced portrait shows, this enormous change owes not a little to the persistent efforts and quiet dignity of Benjamin O. Davis. Davis helped "lay the foundation for the integration of the armed forces, the first major break in the wall of segregated America."
Born into the black middle class of Washington, D.C., Davis maintained a lifelong love for the military, despite the debilitating effects of the army's segregation policies. Such policies repeatedly denied Davis promotions and meant " safe assignments"-Liberia, Tuskegee Institute, Wilberforce University- designed to keep him from commanding white troops. It took thirty years from his enlistment until his promotion to colonel, and another decade before he became America's first black general

ISBN: 0700609636

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Another Day at the Front

Author:Ishmael Reed
Dispatches from the Race War
An irreverent, brilliant, politically charged barrage of essays aimed at the perpetrators of America's war on blacks. African Americans have been at war with certain elements of the white population from the very beginning. Being black in this hemisphere is a battle, and each day is one spent at the front. In this new collection of essays, his first since Airing Dirty Laundry (1993), Ishmael Reed explores the many forms that this homefront war has taken. His brilliant social criticism feints deftly among past and present, government and media, personal and political. From the author whose essay style has been compared to the punching power of boxers Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali, this book is a series of fast, powerful jabs at America's long tradition of racism.


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Growing Up King

Author:Dexter Scott King, Ralph Wiley (Contributor)
A memoir of great style, exploration, and impact. "I was born worried. I was born anxious," writes the third child of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. It’s not surprising. Even in the beginning, when "we were kids just running around" in the bitterly segregationist Atlanta of the early 1960s, "a lot did rub off on us, just through osmosis, being in the environment, the SCLC conventions where Aretha Franklin sang." When Dexter was six, his father was killed. "Hope went out of many lives. We were not alone in that, and never would be alone in it from then on." Imagine the pressures: The requirement of being pious moral exemplar; the "if only I’d been more like my father" guilt; the failure to finish college; the love of music that earned him the black-sheep tag; the "extra oomph in my feelings of failure when I didn’t follow in his exact footprints." There would be highs and lows: the cruel politics of the King Center; the author’s inability to sustain a commitment because of his experience of what happens when you love somebody and they are taken away. But there were also his fights to secure the intellectual-property rights of his father and to try to learn the full circumstances of the assassination, both efforts that earned him the calumny of vested interests. Throughout, the memoir is wonderfully written: stories are nested within stories, pulled forward through history with a disarming openness--King is still very much a work in progress. There’s a lightness to his touch and a subversiveness to his humor. For all his black-sheep status, the author has found grace and purpose, and has stayed aware of his own identity, even when it was truly out of focus

ISBN: 0446529427

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A Lawyer's Life

Author:Johnnie Cochran, David Fisher (Contributor)
Johnnie Cochran gained international recognition for leading the "Dream Team" defense of O. J. Simpson. But long before and since then Johnnie Cochran has been a leader in the fight for justice for all Americans.
While often vilified for his defense of Simpson, Cochran emerged from the trial as a leading African American spokes person. But he has done most of his talking through the courtroom in such high profile cases as:
Abner Louima
Amadou Diallo
The Racially profiled New Jersey Turnpike Four
Sean "Puffy" Combs
Patrick Dorismond
Cynthia Wiggins

Cochran explains how he has used the law to force fundamental changes in America, it was Cochran, critics still claim, who dealt the first "race card." Here is his answer to that and other accusations.

Publisher:St Martin's

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Up From Slavery

Author:Booker T. Washington, Ishmwal Reed (Introduction)

Up from Slavery chronicles the life and times of Booker T. Washington. In this captivating autobiography, Washington recounts his personal voyage from the shackles of slavery to the pinnacle of prominence. The Tuskegee Institute, later to become today's Tuskegee University, plays a large role in the book, so much so that the latter half of Up from Slavery is as much about Tuskegee as it is about Washington.


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 Complete History of the Negro Leagues

Author:Mark Ribowsky
In their heyday, the Negro Baseball Leagues were an important part of black America, with games played between black teams drawing as many as 40,000 fans in some large cities, and casting its players in the role of celebrated heroes.
This exhaustive yet concise history masterfully evokes these long-gone days with portraits of such Hall of Fame's as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and Cool Papa Bell, who played for teams like the Kansas City Monarchs, the Chicago American Giants, and the Pittsburgh Crawfords.
It is also a window into the black culture of the times, reflecting the pride and the dreams of a people living under the shameful burden of segregation. This rich volume offers the story of this great American epic one that continues to fascinate today.


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Seventh Child

Author:Rodney P. Collins with A. Peter Bailey

This is the most important book on Malcolm X since publication of the Autobiography. In African mythological culture it is believed that the seventh child will emerge as a leader of his people. Malcolm X was his father's seventh child. Seventh Child: A Family Memoir of Malcolm X is a valuable contribution to our knowledge of a great and controversial figure. No other book about Malcolm X-and there have been more than forty, in eight different languages-provides such enlightenment on the man, except, of course, his own autobiography. Told by loving sister Ella Little Collins, who knew Malcolm X better than anyone else, and her son, Rodnell P. Collins, to whom Malcolm X was a much-loved and admired uncle and mentor, Seventh Child adds immeasurably to our knowledge of the man.


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 The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass

Author:Frederick Douglass

Born in slavery in Maryland in 1817, Frederick Douglass escaped from servitude twenty years later, joined the ranks of abolitionists such as William Lloyd Garrison, Wendell Phillips and John Brown, and devoted a long and fruitful life to the winning of freedom for his people. A fervent integrationist, Douglass believed that true freedom could not come for him until all blacks were free and equal, and he gave voice and direction to the movement to achieve this goal. Told in Frederick Douglass's own words, this volume stands as one of the most important chronicles of one man's courageous fight to end slavery.


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Up from Slavery

The Autobiography of Booker T. Washington
Author:Booker T. Washington

I was born a slave on a plantation in Franklin County, Virginia. I am not quite sure of the exact date of my birth, but at any rate I suspect I must have been born somewhere and at some time. As nearly as I have been able to learn, I was born near a cross-roads post-office called Hale’s Ford, and the year was 1858 or 1859. I do not know the month or the day. The earliest impressions I can now recall are of the plantation and the slave quarters-the latter being the part of the plantation where the slaves had their cabins.” Thus begins Booker T. Washington's fascinating autobiography, an important milestone in American history.


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Paul Robeson Speaks

Edited by:Professor Phillip S. Foner

Many remember Paul Robeson for his magnificent singing voice and for his stirring interpretations of Othello and The Emperor Jones. But how many are aware that forty years before Alex Haley's Roots, Robeson wrote and spoke about African culture; thirty years before “black is beautiful,” he described his pride in being African American; and twenty years before détente, he wrote and argued against The Cold War?
Paul Robeson-all-around athlete, All-American football player, Rutgers University scholarship student, Columbia Law School graduate, internationally acclaimed actor and singer-made a choice. Leaving the “heights of purely individual achievement to enter the day-to-day, rank-and-file struggles of my people,” he placed himself squarely on the side of those who fought against imperialism and racial discrimination.
In this volume, Professor Philip S. Foner has brought together a stirring collection of Robeson’s speeches and writings, as well as interviews, newspaper reports and photographs. It is a vivid portrait of a towering African American, told in his own unforgettable words.


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Spike Lee Interviews

Author:Spike Lee, Cynthia Fuchs (Editor)

Introduction-Chronology-Filmography-Lee Way-Spike Lee's Bed-Stuy BBQ-He's Gotta Have It: An Interview with Spike Lee- Spike Lee: The Playboy Interview- Our Film Is Only a Starting Point: An Interview with Spike Lee-Doing the Job- Interview with Spike Lee-Between "Rock" and a Hard Place-Spike Speak-Interview with Spike Lee-The Demystification of Spike Lee-An Interview with Spike Lee, Director of 4 Little Girls-Hoops to Conquer-Big Words: An Interview with Spike -Spike Lee's Seventies Flashback-The Demystification of Spike Lee-An Interview with Spike Lee, Director of 4 Little Girls-Hoops to Conquer-Big Words: An Interview with Spike Lee -Spike Lee's Seventies Flashback-Delroy Lindo on Spike Lee-Summer of Sam: An Interview with Spike Lee-By Any Means Necessary: Spike Lee on Video's Viability-Spike's Minstrel Show-Black like Spike-Interview with Spike Lee-Thinking about the Power of Images: An Interview with Spike Lee.


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