New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

November 26, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The origins of the urban crisis : race and inequality in postwar Detroit

November 25, 2015
Sugrue, Thomas J., 1962-
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014.
liv, 375 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
"With a new preface by the author."
"Winner of the Bancroft Prize in American history"--Cover.
Introduction -- "Arsenal of democracy" -- "Detroit's time bomb" : race and housing in the 1940s -- "The coffin of peace" : the containment of public housing -- "The meanest and the dirtiest jobs" : the structures of employment discrimination -- "The damning mark of false prosperities" : the deindustrialization of Detroit -- "Forget about your unalienable right to work" : responses to industrial decline and discrimination -- Class, status, and residence : the changing geography of black Detroit -- "Homeowners' rights" : white resistance and the rise of antiliberalism -- "United communities are impregnable" : violence and the color line -- Conclusion: Crisis : Detroit and the fate of postindustrial America.

Holding fast to dreams : empowering youth from the civil rights crusade to STEM achievement

November 19, 2015
Hrabowski, Freeman A.
Boston, Massachusetts : Beacon Press, [2015]
200 pages ; 23 cm
Standing up for justice -- Development of an educator -- Inclusive excellence in science and engineering -- Raising a generation of achievers.
"Born in Birmingham, Alabama, once known as the "most segregated city" in the United States, Freeman Hrabowski discovered the courage to stand up for civil rights and educational opportunity when he heard Martin Luther King, Jr.'s call and joined the Children's March in 1963. Along with other protesting students, 12-year old Freeman spent five terrifying days in jail. But the march, the arrests, and the experience, led to desegregation in Birmingham and a life's journey for Freeman Hrabowski. In this book, Dr. Hrabowski relates his experiences with the civil rights movement in Birmingham as a child, his relentless desire for a quality education, his development as a leader in higher education, and the ways these experiences led to the development of programs and policies supporting inclusive excellence and educational success for African Americans. Dr. Hrabowksi details the lessons about education he drew from his own experiences as a student, faculty member, and administrator. He relates the circumstances in which he was able to draw on those lessons to develop the most successful program in the United States - the Meyerhoff Scholars Program -- for educating African Americans who go on to earn doctorates and M.D.-Ph.D.s in the natural sciences and engineering. And, lastly, he turns to a discussion of how important it is for research universities the seek inclusive excellence, work across the educational spectrum from Kindergarten through graduate school to ensure student success"-- Provided by publisher.

Encounters with police : a black man's guide to survival

November 17, 2015
Broyles, Eric C., author.
i, 102 pages : portraits ; 22 cm.
This book provides advice to African American boys and men on how to survive encounters with police. This book provides ideas on how to think about interaction with police to lower the chances of escalation. The book also provides information on legal and administrative rights citizens have to redress police misconduct so no hostilities occur at the time of encounter. The book provides practical step-by-step guidelines on how to respond to police when pulled over for traffic stops and when stopped for questioning outside of traffic encounters. Eric Broyles is an attorney and Adrian Jackson is a police officer.

Alex Haley and the books that changed a nation

November 16, 2015
Norrell, Robert J. (Robert Jefferson), auhor.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
x, 251 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Grandma's Boy -- The Cook Who Writes -- People on the Way Up -- The Fearsome Black Demagogue -- Marked Man -- Before This Anger -- The American Griot -- The Black Family Bible -- Pop Triumph -- Roots Uncovered -- Find the Good and Praise It.
"It is difficult to think of two twentieth century books by one author that have had as much influence on American culture when they were published as Alex Haley's monumental bestsellers, The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965), and Roots (1976). They changed the way white and black America viewed each other and the country's history. This first biography of Haley follows him from his childhood in relative privilege in deeply segregated small town Tennessee to fame and fortune in high powered New York City. It was in the Navy, that Haley discovered himself as a writer, which eventually led his rise as a star journalist in the heyday of magazine personality profiles. At Playboy Magazine, Haley profiled everyone from Martin Luther King and Miles Davis to Johnny Carson and Malcolm X, leading to their collaboration on The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Roots was for Haley a deeper, more personal reach. The subsequent book and miniseries ignited an ongoing craze for family history, and made Haley one of the most famous writers in the country. Roots sold half a million copies in the first two months of publication, and the original television miniseries was viewed by 130 million people. Haley died in 1992. This deeply researched and compelling book offers the perfect opportunity to revisit his authorship, his career as one of the first African American star journalists, as well as an especially dramatic time of change in American history"-- Provided by publisher.

And still I rise : Black America since MLK : an illustrated chronology

November 6, 2015
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr., author.
xiii, 321 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
1965-1969 -- 1970-1975 -- 1975-1979 -- 1980-1984 -- 1985-1989 -- 1990-1994 -- 1995-1999 -- 2000-2004 -- 2005-2009 -- 2010-2015.
"The companion book to Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s PBS series, And Still I Rise--a timeline and chronicle of the past fifty years of black history in the U.S. in more than 350 photos" -- provided by publisher.

The education of Kevin Powell : a boy's journey into manhood

November 5, 2015
Powell, Kevin, 1966-
New York : Atria Books, 2015.
xii, 285 pages ; 24 cm
"This powerful memoir by writer and activist Kevin Powell vividly recounts the horrific poverty of his youth, his struggles to overcome a legacy of anger, violence, and self-hatred, and his journey to be a man and a voice for others. Driven by his single mother's dreams for his survival and success, Kevin Powell became the first in his family to attend a university, where he became a student leader keenly aware of widespread social injustice. But the struggle to define himself and break out of poverty continued into adulthood, with traumatic periods of homelessness and despair. As a young star journalist with Vibe magazine, Powell interviewed luminaries such as Tupac Shakur, writing influential chronicles of the evolution of hip-hop from his eyewitness view. Now, with searing honesty, Powell examines his troubled relationships, his appearance on MTV's first season of The Real World, his battles with alcohol and depression, his two campaigns for Congress, and the uplifting trip to Africa that renewed his sense of personal mission. Finally, Powell embarks on a search for the father he never really knew in a redemptive passage from abandonment to self-discovery. A striking memoir by a child of post-Civil Rights America, The Education of Kevin Powell gives eloquent testimony to the power of the soul to heal"-- Provided by publisher.

Bloody Lowndes : civil rights and Black power in Alabama's Black Belt

November 4, 2015
Jeffries, Hasan Kwame, 1973-
New York : New York University Press, ©2009.
xx, 348 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Conditions unfavorable to the rise of the Negro : the pursuit of freedom rights before the civil rights era -- I didn't come here to knock : the making of a grassroots social movement -- We ain't going to shed a tear for Jon : school desegregation, White resistance, and the African American response -- I'm going to try to take some of the freedom here back home : the federal government and the fight for freedom rights -- We gonna show Alabama just how bad we are : the birth of the original Black Panther Party and the development of freedom politics -- Tax the rich to feed the poor : Black power and the election of 1966 -- Now is the time for work to begin : Black politics in the post-civil rights era -- Epilogue: That black dirt gets in your soul : the fight for freedom rights in the days ahead.

Forgotten : the untold story of D-Day's Black heroes, at home and at war

November 3, 2015
Hervieux, Linda, author.
xiii, 353 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
In the early hours of June 6, 1944, the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, a unit of African-American soldiers, landed on the beaches of France. Their orders were to man a curtain of armed balloons meant to deter enemy aircraft. One member of the 320th would be nominated for the Medal of Honor, an award he would never receive. Drawing on newly uncovered military records and dozens of original interviews with surviving members of the 320th and their families, Linda Hervieux tells the story of these heroic men charged with an extraordinary mission, whose contributions to one of the most celebrated events in modern history have been overlooked.

In their voices : Black Americans on transracial adoption

November 3, 2015
Roorda, Rhonda M., 1969- author.
New York : Columbia University Press, [2015]
xxiv, 322 pages ; 24 cm
Foreword / by Leon W. Chestang -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: moving beyond the controversy of the transracial adoption of black and biracial children -- Jim Crow era (1877-1954) -- Evelyn Rhodes, great grandmother and matriarch -- W. Wilson Goode Sr., first black mayor of Philadelphia (1984-92) -- Cyril C. Pinder, mentor and former national football league player -- Civil rights era (1955-72) -- Arthur E. McFarlane II, great grandson of W. E. B. du Bois and advocate for the preservation of cultural heritage -- Lora Kay (pseudonym), principal of a charter school in Washington, D.C -- Chester Jackson, professional adoption worker and adoptive father -- Henry Allen, professor of sociology -- Post-civil rights era (1973-present) -- Vershawn A. Young, author and scholar -- Michelle M. Hughes, adoption attorney and adoptive mother -- Mahisha Dellinger, CEO and founder of curls -- Deneta Howland Sells, physician and civil rights advocate -- Tabitha, child welfare bureau chief -- Bryan Post, CEO of the post institute for family-centered therapy and adoptee -- Shilease Hofmann, spouse of a transracial adoptee -- Chelsey Hines, foster care alumna and transracial adoptee -- Demetrius Walker, entrepreneur and cofounder of the DN/BE Apparel -- Conclusion -- Afterword -- Appendix: multicultural adoption plan -- Notes -- References.

Devotion : an epic story of heroism, friendship, and sacrifice

October 29, 2015
Makos, Adam.
xv, 445 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Ghosts and shadows -- The lesson of a lifetime -- Swimming with snakes -- The woods --The renaissance man -- This is flying -- So far, so fast -- The ring -- The pond -- One for the vultures -- A time for faith -- A deadly business -- A knock in the night -- The dancing fleet -- The reunion -- Only in France -- The friendly invasion -- At first sight -- On waves to war -- The longest step -- The last night in America -- The beast in the gorge -- Into the fog -- This is it -- Trust -- He might be a flyer -- Home -- The first battle of World War III -- The sky will be black -- A chill in the night -- A taste of the dirt -- When the deer come running -- Backs to the wall -- A smoke in the cold -- The lost legion -- Burning the woods -- Into hell together -- All the faith in the world -- Finality -- With deep regret -- To the finish -- The gift -- The call from the Capital -- The message.
"For readers of Unbroken comes an unforgettable tale of courage from America's 'forgotten war' in Korea, by the New York Times bestselling author of A Higher Call. Devotion tells the inspirational story of the U.S. Navy's most famous aviator duo, Lieutenant Tom Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown, and the Marines they fought to defend. A white New Englander from the country-club scene, Tom passed up Harvard to fly fighters for his country. An African American sharecropper's son from Mississippi, Jesse became the Navy's first black carrier pilot, defending a nation that wouldn't even serve him in a bar. While much of America remained divided by segregation, Jesse and Tom joined forces as wingmen in Fighter Squadron 32. Adam Makos takes us into the cockpit as these bold young aviators cut their teeth at the world's most dangerous job--landing on the deck of an aircraft carrier--a line of work that Jesse's young wife, Daisy, struggles to accept. Deployed to the Mediterranean, Tom and Jesse meet the Fleet Marines, boys like PFC 'Red' Parkinson, a farm kid from the Catskills. In between war games in the sun, the young men revel on the Riviera, partying with millionaires and even befriending the Hollywood starlet Elizabeth Taylor. Then comes the war no one expected, in faraway Korea. Devotion takes us soaring overhead with Tom and Jesse, and into the foxholes with Red and the Marines as they battle a North Korean invasion. As the fury of the fighting escalates and the Marines are cornered at the Chosin Reservoir, Tom and Jesse fly, guns blazing, to try and save them. When one of the duo is shot down behind enemy lines and pinned in his burning plane, the other faces an unthinkable choice: watch his friend die or attempt history's most audacious one-man rescue mission. A tug-at-the-heartstrings tale of bravery and selflessness, Devotion asks: How far would you go to save a friend?"--Provided by publisher.

Monster : a graphic novel

October 27, 2015
Sims, Guy A., adaptor.
153 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm
While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

Boy with thorn

October 22, 2015
Laurentiis, Rickey, author.
ix, 89 pages ; 21 cm
In a landscape at once the brutal American South as it is the brutal mind, Boy with Thorn interrogates the genesis of all poetic creation--the imagination itself, questioning what role it plays in both our fascinations with and repulsion from a national history of racial and sexual violence. The personal and political crash into one language here, gothic as it is supple, meditating on visual art and myth, to desire, the practice of lynching and Hurricane Katrina. Always at its center, though, is the poet himself--confessing a double song of pleasure and inevitable pain.

Dispatches from Pluto : lost and found in the Mississippi Delta

October 16, 2015
Grant, Richard, 1963-
New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2015.
x, 302 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.
First landing -- Serpents in the garden -- Joseph Brake -- Wing shooter -- The oncologist's hitmen -- Field trip -- Elephant in the room -- Deer season -- 92 in the shade -- Po monkeys -- Death row valentine -- Separate and unequal -- Rites of spring -- Holmes County miracle -- Morgan Freeman and the meaning of life -- Election Day -- Grabbing smoke -- You send me.

Game changer : John Mclendon and the secret game

October 15, 2015
Coy, John, 1958-
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations, color ; 24 x 28 cm
"Discover the true story of how in 1944, Coach John McLendon orchestrated a secret game between the best players from a white college and his team from the North Carolina College of Negroes. At a time of widespread segregation and rampant racism, this illegal gathering changed the sport of basketball forever"--Dust jacket flap.

Prince of darkness : the untold story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street's first black millionaire

October 15, 2015
White, Shane, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
360 pages : portraits ; 25 cm.
Introduction: Invisible man -- Haiti, 1828 -- Moving to New York -- The great fire, 1835 -- Business -- Jim Crow New York -- Real estate -- Bankruptcy -- Starting over -- The trial -- Wall Street -- Living with Jim Crow -- Making money -- To the draft riots -- Epilogue: a lion in winter.
"A prominent historian brings to life the story of a man who defied every convention of his time by becoming Wall Street's first black millionaire in pre-Civil War New York, marrying a white woman, owning railroad stock on trains he was not legally allowed to ride and outsmarting his contemporaries,"--NoveList.

The Beast side : living and dying while black in America

October 14, 2015
Watkins, D. (Dwight)
xxii, 153 pages ; 24 cm
Stoop stories -- Lessons of a former dope dealer -- That yak will kill you: rollin' with my uncle and his homeboy Rod -- Gunplay is all I know -- Black women -- Rappers' blood diamonds -- The school of failure -- My city is gone -- Too poor for pop culture -- My neighborhood revolution -- Crimes of the art -- Chasin' the gram -- What to eat? -- Fuck the national anthem -- Cops kill niggas in America -- Black lives DO capitalists -- Black cop down -- Cops are the terrorists in our neighborhood -- In Baltimore, we're all Freddie Gray -- Missing black men -- The black crisis clergy -- Smells like victory but the Baltimore Uprise is only the beginning -- O-Ate-Obama.

Where everybody looks like me : at the crossroads of America's Black colleges and culture

October 13, 2015
Stodghill, Ron, author.
x, 258 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
To Howard, with love -- Cosby, unplugged -- Eagles' eggs -- Break point -- Letter from a trustee -- The new Black on Black crime -- Diversity weekend -- Obama and the Morehouse men -- The hip-hop President -- "Who are these people?" -- Scandal -- The war at Wilberforce -- Magic city -- A wolf by the ear -- A rogue revisited.
"Present[ing] a compelling, tightly woven story of the challenges faced by HBCU's, [this work] features administrators, celebrities, and alumni whose lives are intricately tied to the fate of these institutions"--Front jacket flap.

Black silent majority : the Rockefeller drug laws and the politics of punishment

October 8, 2015
Fortner, Michael Javen, 1979- author.
xii, 350 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction : the reign of criminal terror must be stopped now -- Rights and wreckage in postwar Harlem -- Black junkies, White do-gooders, and the Metcalf-Volker Act of 1962 -- Reverend Dempsey's crusade and the rise of involuntary commitment in 1966 -- Crime, class, and conflict in the ghetto -- King heroin and the development of the drug laws in 1973 -- Race, place, and the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s -- Conclusion : liberal sentiments to conservative acts.

The wind in the reeds : a storm, a play, and the city that would not be broken

October 8, 2015
Pierce, Wendell, author.
344 pages ; 22 cm
A song of resurrection -- Down the bayou at the source -- This land is our land -- The family reserve -- My true north -- Art & life : "A man must have a code" : bunk -- It's raining so hard -- Godot : What's the good of losing heart now? -- Treme takes me home -- Tee and the joyful mysteries.
"From acclaimed actor and producer Wendell Pierce, an insightful and poignant portrait of family, New Orleans and the transforming power of art"-- Provided by publisher.

George Washington Carver : a life

October 7, 2015
Vella, Christina, 1952- author.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, [2015]
x, 422 pages, 18 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Carver's George -- Drifting toward life -- A real human being -- Booker -- Dominion of poverty -- "Stand up for the stupid and crazy" -- Love and lynch mobs -- Wrestling with devils -- Bad days and worse -- The curtain lifts -- Trying to be serious -- A real chemist? -- Passion pure and simple -- Suffering humanity -- Fame and its discontents -- Miles to go -- A million thanks -- Epilogue -- Appendices: 1. Experiment Station Bulletins by George W. Carver; 2. Partial list of Carver's products from peanuts and sweet potatoes (compiled by Carver); 3. Dr. Joseph Kenney's letter to Booker T. Washington and the Executive Council concerning unsanitary conditions at Tuskegee, March 26, 1903.

US (a.)

September 29, 2015
Williams, Saul, author.
New York : Gallery Books/MTV Books, 2015.
257 pages : illustration ; 18 cm

Black leaders on Black leadership : conversations with Julian Bond

September 29, 2015
Leffler, Phyllis K.
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
xxvi, 353 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Defining self: oral history, story-telling, and leadership -- Families: extended and fictive kin, racial socialization, diligence -- Education: caring communities -- Networks: role models, mentors, organizations -- Law and social change: catalyst for leadership -- The civil rights movement: grassroots leadership -- Leadership lessons.

Ezzard Charles : a boxing life

September 28, 2015
Dettloff, William.
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2015]
x, 221 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
"For Ezzard Charles--one of boxing's most skilled practitioners, with a record of 93-25-1 (52 KO)--recognition took decades. This first-ever biography of "The Cincinnati Cobra" covers his early life in a small country town and his career in the glamorously dirty business of prizefighting in the 1950s, one of the sport's Golden Ages"-- Provided by publisher.

Major Taylor : the inspiring story of a black cyclist and the men who helped him achieve worldwide fame

September 23, 2015
Kerber, Conrad, author.
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2014]
xii, 418 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"In the wake of the Tour de France's fallen heroes, the story of one of history's most legendary cyclists provides a much-needed antidote. In 1907 the world's most popular athlete was not Cy Young or Ty Cobb. Rather, he was a black bicycle racer named "Major" Taylor. In his day, Taylor became a spiritual and athletic idol. He was the fastest man in America and a champion who prevailed over unspeakable cruelty. The men who aided him were among the most colorful to emerge from the era. When hotel and restaurant operators denied Taylor food and lodgings, forcing him to sleep in horse stables and to race hungry, there was a benevolent racer-turned-trainer named Birdie Munger, who took Taylor under his wing and into his home. Then along came Arthur Zimmerman, an internationally famous bike racer, who gently mentored Taylor when some riders drew the color line and refused to race against him. Taylor's manager, pugnacious Irishman and famed Broadway producer William Brady, stood up for him when track owners tried barring him from competition. From the Old World came a rakishly handsome, mustachioed sports promoter named Victor Breyer, who lured Taylor overseas for a dramatic, Seabiscuit versus War Admiral-like match race that would be widely remembered a century later"--Jacket.

The long emancipation : the demise of slavery in the United States

September 21, 2015
Berlin, Ira, 1941- author.
227 pages ; 19 cm.
The near century-long demise of slavery -- Sounding the egalitarian clarion -- The bloody struggle endures -- Coda : free at last.


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