New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

October 1, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.

September 30, 2014
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968.
Berkeley : University of California Press, 1992-<c2007>
v. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Volume editors varies.
v. 1. Called to serve, Jan. 1929-Sept. 1951 -- v. 2. Rediscovering precious values, July 1951-Nov. 1955 -- v. 3. Birth of a new age, Dec. 1955-Dec. 1956 -- v. 4. Symbol of the movement, Jan. 1957-Dec. 1958 -- v. 5. Threshold of a new decade, Jan. 1959-Dec. 1960 -- v. 6. Advocate of the Social Gospel, Sept. 1948-Mar. 1963 -- v. 7. To save the soul of America, Jan. 1961-Aug. 1962.

Fistful of Benjamins

September 30, 2014
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2014]
250 pages ; 21 cm
Special delivery / Kiki Swinson -- Gun play / Amaleka McCall.
"Kiki Swinson and De'nesha Diamond light it up with two devious tales of players, hustles--and running out of time"--Page 4 of cover.

Black prophetic fire

September 29, 2014
West, Cornel.
Boston : Beacon Press, 2014.
253 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternate title from CIP.
It's a beautiful thing to be on fire : Frederick Douglass -- The black flame : W.E.B. Du Bois -- Moral fire : Martin Luther King Jr. -- The heat of democratic existentialism : Ella Baker -- Revolutionary fire : Malcolm X -- Prophetic fire : Ida B. Wells -- Conclusion : last words on the Black Prophetic tradition in the age of Obama.
"Cornel West, with distinguished scholar Christa Buschendorf, provides a fresh perspective on six revolutionary African American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida Wells-Barnett. West examines the impact of these men and women on their own eras and across the decades. He not only rediscovers the integrity and commitment within these passionate advocates but also their fault lines." -- Provided by publisher.

Redemption songs : suing for freedom before Dred Scott

September 26, 2014
VanderVelde, Lea.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2014]
xii, 305 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
A metaphor for the voices of the subordinate buried in history -- Peter's dual redemption -- The three daughters of Marie Scypion -- Winny and her children -- The kidnap of Lydia's children -- John Merry, also known as Jean Marie: free born -- David Shipman -- The Duncan Brothers: black and white -- Leah Charleville -- Sex and servitude in women litigants' cases -- Yours truly, Lucy A. Delaney -- The slaves of Milton Duty -- Canadienne Rose -- The final chapter.
The Dred Scott case is the most notorious example of slaves suing for freedom. Most examinations of the case focus on its notorious verdict, and the repercussions that the decision set off-especially the worsening of the sectional crisis that would eventually lead to the Civil War-were extreme. In conventional assessment, a slave losing a lawsuit against his master seems unremarkable. But in fact, that case was just one of many freedom suits brought by slaves in the antebellum period; an example of slaves working within the confines of the U.S. legal system (and defying their masters in the process) in an attempt to win the ultimate prize: their freedom. And until Dred Scott, the St. Louis courts adhered to the rule of law to serve justice by recognizing the legal rights of the least well-off. For over a decade, legal scholar Lea VanderVelde has been building and examining a collection of more than 300 newly discovered freedom suits in St. Louis. In Redemption Songs, VanderVelde describes twelve of these never-before analyzed cases in close detail. Through these remarkable accounts, she takes readers beyond the narrative of the Dred Scott case to weave a diverse tapestry of freedom suits and slave lives on the frontier.

Impolite conversations : on race, politics, sex, money, and religion

September 24, 2014
Daniels, Cora.
New York : Atria Books, 2014.
viii, 312 pages ; 24 cm

Becoming Belafonte : black artist, public radical

September 24, 2014
Smith, Judith E., 1948- author.
©2014
xiii, 352 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
From Harlem, Jamaica, and the segregated navy to New York City's interracial left-wing culture, 1927/1948 -- Black left, white stage, Cold War : moving into the spotlight, 1949/1954 -- Multimedia stardom and the struggle for racial equality, 1955/1960 -- Storming the gates : producing film and television, 1957/1970.

Death of a King : the real story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s final year

September 24, 2014
Smiley, Tavis, 1964- author.
New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
x, 276 pages ; 25 cm
Four seasons : spring, summer, fall, and winter. "Vocation of agony" ; "Betraying the cause" ; "The language of the unheard" ; "Anxiety and sorrow in my heart" ; The bloodiest month of all ; Where do we go from here? ; Cities aflame ; Respect ; Chaos ; Ominous clouds ; "I, Martin Luther King, take thee, Non-Violence, to be my wedded wife" ; Ironic anniversary -- Final season : the last three months. Thirty-nine ; Confession ; Drum major ; Humility, levity, and longevity ; Frantic melancholy ; Restless heart ; Garment of destiny ; Firemen ; Midnight hour in Memphis ; Freedom explosion ; The mountaintop in Memphis ; April 4, 1968.
Presents a revealing and dramatic chronicle of the 12 months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.

The short and tragic life of Robert Peace : a brilliant young man who left Newark for the Ivy League

September 18, 2014
Hobbs, Jeff, 1980-
New York : Scribner, 2014.
viii, 406 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Examines "the short life of a talented young African-American man who escapes the slums of Newark for Yale University only to succumb to the dangers of the streets--and of one's own nature--when he returns home"--Amazon.com.

Fire shut up in my bones : a memoir

September 17, 2014
Blow, Charles M., 1970-
Boston, [MA] : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
228 pages ; 24 cm
The house with no steps -- Thanksgiving -- Chester -- The punk next door -- Look-away Jesus -- Change -- Another boy's baby -- The brothers -- Hell week -- The champagne-colored girl -- Lie detector -- The just-in-case-gun.
A respected journalist describes the abuse he suffered at the hands of a close family relative, the effect this had on his formative years and how he overcame the anger and self-doubt it left behind.

Black comics : politics of race and representation

September 17, 2014
London ; New York : Bloomsbury, [2013].
xiii, 267 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
pt. 1. Comics then and now. Brief history of the black comic strip : past and present / Sheena C. Howard ; The trouble with romance in Jackie Ormes's comics / Nancy Goldstein ; Contemporary representations of black females in newspaper comic strips / Tia C.M Tyree ; Black comics and social media economics : new media, new production models / Derek Lackaff and Michael Sales ; Beyond b&w? The global manga of Felipe Smith / Casey Brienza -- pt. 2. Representing race and gender. Studying black comic strips : popular art and discourses of race / Angela M. Nelson ; Blowing flames into the souls of black folk : Ollie Harrington and his bombs from Berlin to Harlem / Christian Davenport ; Panthers and vixens : Black superheroines, sexuality, and stereotypes in contemporary comic books / Jeffrey A. Brown ; Gender, race, and The Boondocks / Sheena C. Howard ; From sexual siren to race traitor : Condoleeza Rice in political cartoons / Clariza Ruiz De Castilla and Zazil Elena Reyes Garcia -- pt. 3. Comics as political commentary. "There's a revolutionary messiah in our mist" : a pentadic analysis of Birth of a Nation : a comic novel / Carlos D. Morrison and Ronald L Jackson II ; Inappropriate political content : serialized comic strips at the intersection of visual rhetoric and the rhetoric of humor / Elizabeth Sills ; "Will the 'real' black superheroes please stand up?!" A critical analysis of the mythological and cultural significance of black superheroes / Kenneth Ghee ; Culturally gatekeeping the black comic / David Deluliis.

Rickey & Robinson : the true, untold story of the integration of baseball

September 11, 2014
Kahn, Roger.
New York, NY : Rodale, [2014]
xi, 292 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"In Rickey & Robinson, legendary sportswriter Roger Kahn at last reveals the true, unsanitized account of the integration of baseball, a story that for decades has relied on inaccurate secondhand reports. This story contains exclusive reporting and personal reminiscences that no other writer can produce, including revelatory material he'd buried in his notebooks in the '40s and '50s, back when sportswriters were still known to "protect" players and baseball executives. That starts first and foremost with an in-depth examination of the two men chiefly responsible for making integration happen: Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson. Considering Robinson's exalted place in American culture (as evidenced by the remarkable success of the recent biopic), the book's eye-opening revelations are sure to generate controversy as well as conversation. No other sportswriter working today carries Kahn's authority when writing about this period in baseball history, and the publication of this book, Kahn's last, is a true literary event. In Rickey & Robinson, Kahn separates fact from myth to present a truthful portrait of baseball and its participants at a critical juncture in American history"-- Provided by publisher.

The Black Panthers : a story of race, war, and courage : the 761st Tank Battalion in World War II

September 10, 2014
DiNicolo, Gina M., author.
©2014
xxvi, 321 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

But one race : the life of Robert Purvis

September 8, 2014
Bacon, Margaret Hope.
Albany : State University of New York Press, c2007.
xi, 279 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Of southern birth -- The city of brotherly love -- Present at the beginning -- World traveler -- "We are not intruders here" -- To aid the fleeing slave -- A time of loss -- Gentleman farmer -- "This wicked law" -- "Are we not men?" -- "A proud day for the colored man" -- "Equality of rights for all" -- The Freedman's savings bank -- "We are to the manner born" -- "His magnificent record."
"Born in South Carolina to a wealthy white father and mixed race mother, Robert Purvis (1810-1898) was one of the nineteenth century's leading black abolitionists and orators. In this first biography of Purvis, Margaret Hope Bacon uses his eloquent and often fierce speeches to provide a glimpse into the life of a passionate and distinguished man, intimately involved with a wide range of major reform movements, including abolition, civil rights, Underground Railroad activism, women's rights, Irish Home Rule, Native American rights, and prison reform. Citing his role in developing the Philadelphia Vigilant Committee, an all black organization that helped escaped slaves secure passage to the North, the New York Times described Purvis at the time of his death as the president of the Underground Railroad. Voicing his opposition to a decision by the state of Pennsylvania to disenfranchise black voters in 1838, Purvis declared "there is but one race, the human race." But One Race is the dramatic story of one of the most important figures of his time."--Page [4] of cover.

The half has never been told : slavery and the making of American capitalism

September 8, 2014
Baptist, Edward E.
New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]
xxvii, 498 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Historian Edward Baptist reveals how the expansion of slavery in the first eight decades after American independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States.

African Americans found in Owen county, Indiana, records, 1819-1880

September 2, 2014
Peterson, Roger A., 1923-
Owen County, Ind. : Peterson, c1996.
94 p. : tables ; 29 cm.
Includes index.

Hip hop family tree

August 29, 2014
Piskor, Ed.
Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics Books, 2014-
v. : chiefly col. ill. ; 33 cm.
v. 1. 1970s-1981 -- v. 2. 1981-1983

Brown girl dreaming

August 22, 2014
Woodson, Jacqueline.
New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014.
336 pages : illustrations, genealogical table ; 22 cm
"Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson's eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become. Praise for Jacqueline Woodson: Ms. Woodson writes with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story. but a mature exploration of grown-up issues and self-discovery"-The New York Times Book Review"-- Provided by publisher.

The great Black migration : a historical encyclopedia of the American mosaic

August 13, 2014
Santa Barbara, California : Greenwood, an Imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2014]
xxxvi, 455 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
A one-volume condensed version of the Encyclopedia of the Great Black Migration.

The house of black and white : my life with and search for Louise Johnson Morris

August 11, 2014
Sherer, David, author.
©2014
xvi, 156 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"The memoir of a white boy who was so strongly influenced by a black woman--the family maid--that he begins searching for her three decades after she went missing. This compelling book begins in 1959 in suburban Washington, D.C., and ends in 2012. Author David Sherer was barely two years old when Louise Johnson Morris became the family maid in 1959. She grew close to the children, particularly David, and taught him many life lessons. During medical school in Boston, he discovered in 1981 that Louise had left the family. After unsuccessfully trying to learn why, he continued his life and career until late 2011, when during a mid-life crisis of sorts, he went looking for her. He eventually discovered that she was living back in her hometown of Macon, Georgia, and after a separation of thirty-one years, traveled to Macon to reunite with his childhood friend. She died a mere three months later, at the age of ninety. David was an honored guest at her funeral. This is the story of their lives together and his quest to find her. It is both a memoir and an homage, set in a highly charged time of our country's history."--Page [4] of cover.

Kehinde Wiley : Memling.

August 8, 2014
Phoenix, Arizona : Phoenix Art Museum, [2013]
59 pages : color illustrations, portraits ; 30 x 33 cm.
Catalog of an exhibition held February 20-June 23, 2013 at Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona and July 11-October 5, 2014 at Taft Museum of Art, Ohio.

Bad feminist : essays

August 7, 2014
Gay, Roxane, author.
©2014
xiv, 320 pages ; 21 cm
Feel me, see me, hear me, reach me -- Peculiar benefits -- Typical first year professor -- To scratch, claw or grope clumsily or frantically -- How to be friends with another woman -- Girls, girls, girls -- I once was Miss America -- Garish, glorious spectacles -- Not here to make friends -- How we all lose -- Reaching for catharsis : getting fat right (or wrong) and Diana Spechler's Skinny -- The smooth surfaces of idyll -- The careless language of sexual violence -- What we hunger for -- The illusion of safety/the safety of illusion -- The spectacle of broken men -- A tale of three coming out stories -- Beyond the measure of men -- Some jokes are funnier than others -- Dear young ladies who love Chris Brown -- So much they would let him beat them -- Blurred lines, indeed -- The trouble with Prince Charming, or, He who trespassed against us -- The solace of preparing fried foods and other quaint remembrances from 1960s Mississippi : thoughts on The help -- Surviving Django -- Beyond the struggle narrative -- The morality of Tyler Perry -- The last day of a young black man -- When less is more -- The politics of respectability -- When Twitter does what journalism cannot -- The alienable rights of women -- Holding out for a hero -- A tale of two profiles -- The racism we all carry -- Tragedy, call, compassion, response -- Bad feminist : take one -- Bad feminist : take two.
A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay. "Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pink, all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I'm not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue." In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture. Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.

Because they marched : the people's campaign for voting rights that changed America

August 6, 2014
Freedman, Russell, author.
New York : Holiday House, [2014]
83 pages : illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
The day the teachers marched -- "White folks business" -- Selma's students lead the way -- "March, dammit!" -- Bloody Sunday -- Turnabout Tuesday -- A good day to be alive -- Because they marched.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Newbery Medalist Freedman presents a riveting account of this pivotal event in the history of civil rights.

Glow : the autobiography of Rick James

August 4, 2014
James, Rick, 1948-2004, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2014.
342 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"Hitmaker, singer, innovator, producer, award-winning pioneer in the fusion of funk groove and rock, the late Rick James collaborated with go-to music biographer David Ritz, in this wildly entertaining and profound expression of a rock star's life and soul"-- Provided by publisher.

Black faces, white spaces : reimagining the relationship of African Americans to the great outdoors

July 22, 2014
Finney, Carolyn.
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2014].
xviii, 173 pages ; 24 cm
"Why are African Americans so underrepresented when it comes to interest in nature, outdoor recreation, and environmentalism? In this thought-provoking study, Carolyn Finney looks beyond the discourse of the environmental justice movement to examine how the natural environment has been understood, commodified, and represented by both white and black Americans. Bridging the fields of environmental history, cultural studies, critical race studies, and geography, Finney argues that the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow, and racial violence have shaped cultural understandings of the "great outdoors" and determined who should and can have access to natural spaces. Drawing on a variety of sources from film, literature, and popular culture, and analyzing different historical moments, including the establishment of the Wilderness Act in 1964 and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Finney reveals the perceived and real ways in which nature and the environment are racialized in America. Looking toward the future, she also highlights the work of African Americans who are opening doors to greater participation in environmental and conservation concerns. "-- Provided by publisher.

Tomlinson Hill : the remarkable story of two families who share the Tomlinson name--one white, one black

July 17, 2014
Tomlinson, Chris.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2014.
xii, 430 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 25 cm
"Foreign correspondent Chris Tomlinson returns to Texas to discover the truth about his family's slave owning history, [telling] the story of two families, one black and one white, who trace their ancestry to the same Central Texas slave plantation. Tomlinson discovers that his counterpart in the African American family is LaDainian Tomlinson, one of the greatest running backs in the history of the National Football League"-- Provided by publisher.

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