New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

January 23, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Unexampled courage : the blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring

January 22, 2019
Gergel, Richard, author.
New York : Sarah Crichton Books ; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.
324 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction: A collision of two worlds -- A tragic detour -- A wave of terror -- "The place was Batesburg" -- The bystander government -- "My God... we have to do something" -- The Isaac Woodard Road Show -- The gradualist -- "A baptism in racial prejudice" -- "I shall fight an evil like this" -- "We know the way. We need only the will!" -- Confronting the American dilemma -- There will be no fines -- Fighting the "battle royal" -- Driving the "last nail in the coffin of segregation" -- Conclusion: Unexampled courage.
"A nonfiction book detailing the case of Isaac Woodard, its influence on Judge J. Waties Waring, and how Waring went on to lay the groundwork for landmark civil rights rulings"-- Provided by publisher.

Hole in the head : a life revealed

January 22, 2019
Smith, Wilbert L.
235 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"A true story"
"Following twenty years of close friendship with author Wilbert Smith, Vertus Hardiman reveals the truth about his horrifying experience hidden since age five. His life is a moving example of humility, success, and achievement while enduring long standing suffering. The story tells of Vertus Hardiman and nine other children, each attending the same elementary school in Lyles Station, Indiana--who, in 1927, was severely irradiated during a medical experiment conducted at the local county hospital. The experiment was misrepresented as a newly developed cure for the scalp fungus known as ringworm. But in reality, the ringworm fungus was merely the lure used to gain access to children whose unsuspecting parents blindly signed permission slips for the treatment. Vertus was age five and the youngest. As remarkable and shocking as the story may appear, it is not an indictment on inhumane government-sanctioned medical experimentation. Rather, Hole in the Head: a Life Revealed reflects the incredible strength of one man who survived the harshest imaginable circumstances through the power of who and what he was determined to become. His simplicity and life philosophy always lifted the spirits of those he touched. Remarkably, not one person in Vertus's community was aware of his suffering because he always wore a wig or woolen beanie cap to hide his shame. He stated, 'For over seventy-one years, only four individuals outside a few medical specialists have ever seen my condition. I hide it because I look like some monster.' But in reality, Vertus was the kindest example of human love Wilbert had ever met-always choosing love over hate and success over excuses and failure. This incredible story inspires us to change our outlook on life, while teaching the true meaning of love, forgiveness, and acceptance."--Amazon website.

The death of the angry black woman

January 18, 2019
Young-Mitchell, Jameliah, author.
Charlotte, NC : Warren Publishing, [2018]
91 pages ; 21 cm

A bound woman is a dangerous thing : the incarceration of African American women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland

January 15, 2019
Hill, DaMaris B., author.
New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2019.
xviii, 163 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

Amy Sherald.

January 15, 2019
Sherald, Amy, 1973-
Saint Louis, Missouri : Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2018.
34 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Published on the occassion of the exhibition Amy Sherald, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, May 11-August 19, 2018.
Foreword & acknowledgments by Lisa Melandri -- Notes on Amy Sherald by Erin Christovale -- Plates -- Checklist.

Fr. Augustus Tolton : the slave who became the first African-American priest

January 15, 2019
Burke-Sivers, Harold, author.
Irondale, Alabama : EWTN Publishing, Inc., 2018.
vii, 159 pages ; 22 cm
Fr. Augustus Tolton: a short biography -- Overcoming racism -- Building strong families -- The power of prayer -- A culture of life and the meaning of human suffering -- Freedom in God's mercy -- Toward sainthood.

Ghosts in the schoolyard : racism and school closings on Chicago's South side

January 14, 2019
Ewing, Eve L., author.
xiii, 222 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
What a school means -- City of losses -- Dueling realities -- Mourning -- Conclusion: an open door.
"Failing schools. Underprivileged schools. Just plain bad schools." That's how Eve L. Ewing opens Ghosts in the Schoolyard: describing Chicago Public Schools from the outside. The way politicians and pundits and parents of kids who attend other schools talk about them, with a mix of pity and contempt. But Ewing knows Chicago Public Schools from the inside: as a student, then a teacher, and now a scholar who studies them. And that perspective has shown her that public schools are not buildings full of failures--they're an integral part of their neighborhoods, at the heart of their communities, storehouses of history and memory that bring people together. Never was that role more apparent than in 2013 when Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced an unprecedented wave of school closings. Pitched simultaneously as a solution to a budget problem, a response to declining enrollments, and a chance to purge bad schools that were dragging down the whole system, the plan was met with a roar of protest from parents, students, and teachers. But if these schools were so bad, why did people care so much about keeping them open, to the point that some would even go on a hunger strike? Ewing's answer begins with a story of systemic racism, inequality, bad faith, and distrust that stretches deep into Chicago history. Rooting her exploration in the historic African American neighborhood of Bronzeville, Ewing reveals that this issue is about much more than just schools. Black communities see the closing of their schools--schools that are certainly less than perfect but that are theirs--as one more in a long line of racist policies. The fight to keep them open is yet another front in the ongoing struggle of black people in America to build successful lives and achieve true self-determination.

None of the above : the untold story of the Atlanta public schools cheating scandal, corporate greed, and the criminalization of educators

January 11, 2019
Robinson, Shani, 1984- author.
xiv, 256 pages ; 24 cm
Hook,line, and sinker -- Finding my way -- The pot calling the kettle black -- Pushing the envelope -- The darker the night --Between a rock and a hard place -- Getting cold -- Not the brightest bulb in the box -- Speak of the devil.

The life of Frederick Douglass : a graphic narrative of a slave's journey from bondage to freedom

January 10, 2019
Walker, David, 1968- author.
California : Ten Speed Press, [2018]
ix, 181 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
The early life of Frederick Douglass -- Lesson: A brief history of slavery in America -- Coming to understand slavery -- Unfit to be a slave -- The escape -- Life as a runaway slave -- Lesson: Photography and Frederick Douglass -- England and freedom -- A voice grows louder -- Lesson: A brief explanation of the Civil War -- The war against slavery -- Later years.

Interracial relationships between black women and white men

January 10, 2019
Judice, Cheryl Yvette, author.
205 pages ; 23 cm
Black women and dating challenges -- How and where interracial couples meet -- How the interviewees were selected for this book -- In their own words : African American women on dating white men -- Black women married to white men -- Black women divorced from white men -- White men on dating black women -- Frequently asked questions and comments -- Concluding thoughts.

Showtime at the Apollo : the epic tale of Harlem's legendary theater

January 9, 2019
Fox, Ted, 1954- author.
xv, 224 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm
Adapted from Showtime at the Apollo: The story of Harlem's World Famous Theater by Ted Fox.
The Apollo: home -- Harlem before the Apollo -- The 1930s: swingin' -- Amateur night and the Apollo audience -- The 1940s: boppin' -- The 1950s: rockin' -- Roots: blues and gospel at the Apollo -- The 1960s: soulful -- The 1970s: funky.
This graphic novel adaptation brings to life the Apollo Theater's legendary significance in music history, African American history, and to the culture of New York City.

It was all a dream : a new generation confronts the broken promise to Black America

January 9, 2019
Allen, Reniqua, author.
New York, NY : Nation Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC,, [2019]
viii, 359 pages ; 25 cm
We out -- Millennial moment : Katrina -- Don't double down on stupid -- Millennial moment : two lives -- Red lips and nails -- Millennial moment : Queens -- Tryin' to eat -- Millennial moment : 40 acres -- Painted walls and temples -- Millennial moment : that craving -- Bad and bougee -- Millennial moment : 5-0 -- Applause -- Millennial moment : Russian roulette -- Still in love -- Millennial moment : catch-22 -- Breathe -- Millennial moment : the day after.
"In the last few decades, any hope of economic progress for black Americans has been slowly and steadily undermined. This quiet crisis was only exacerbated by the recession, which cut black households' wealth by over 30 percent. Black millennials watched their parents try to play by the rules, buying homes and aspiring to the trappings of middle-class life, only to sink deeper and deeper into debt. Now, in the post-Obama era, young black Americans face a critical turning point, as they try to realize dreams too long deferred. In It Was All a Dream, Reniqua Allen tells the stories--too often overlooked--of black millennials struggling, innovating, and flourishing. We meet a former college athlete burdened with mounting debt; a fashion entrepreneur who, like so many of her generation, has left New York for southern cities like Atlanta; a sex worker in Chicago; and an ambitious Republican college student who wrestles with being a black conservative on campus. Allen interweaves reflections on defining moments, from Hurricane Katrina to the murder of Michael Brown to the election of Donald Trump. Together, the lives and reflections in these pages offer a portrait of a generation on the brink, tracing their efforts to build their own futures and write their own history"-- Provided by publisher.

Trailblazer : a pioneering journalist's fight to make the media look more like America

January 9, 2019
Gilliam, Dorothy Butler, 1936- author.
Nashville : Center Street, 2019.
351 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Trailblazer is a powerful behind-the-scenes memoir from the first female African American reporter at the Washington Post. Gilliam recounts her full, fascinating life -spanning from the 1930s to the present."--Inside dust jacket.

Bluff City : the secret life of photographer Ernest Withers

January 9, 2019
Lauterbach, Preston, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]
339 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Don't touch anything -- The pictures tell the story -- Holding on to Jerusalem Slim -- I am a man.
"The little-known story of an iconic photographer, whose work captured--and influenced--a critical moment in American history. Ernest Withers took some of the most legendary images of the 1950s and 60s: Martin Luther King Jr. riding a newly integrated bus in Montgomery, Alabama; Emmett Till's uncle pointing an accusatory finger across the courtroom at his nephew's killer. But from his position at the heart of the cultural revolution, Withers was simultaneously gathering information for the FBI. Withers traversed disparate worlds, from Black Power meetings to raucous Memphis nightclubs where Elvis brushed shoulders with B. B. King. In this gripping narrative history, Preston Lauterbach examines the complicated political and economic forces that supported Withers' seeming betrayal of those he witnessed, and suggests that Withers' attention to nuance--so arresting in his photography--also made him essential to the FBI. Bluff City culminates with a riveting account of the 1968 riot that led to Dr. King's death, and investigates how Withers may have altered the course of this momentous event"-- Provided by publisher.

The truths we hold : an American journey

January 3, 2019
Harris, Kamala D., author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2019.
xvii, 318 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
For the people -- A voice for justice -- Underwater -- Wedding bells -- I say we fight -- We are better than this -- Every body -- The cost of living -- Smart on security -- What I've learned.
"From one of America's most inspiring political leaders, a book about the core truths that unite us, and the long struggle to discern what those truths are and how best to act upon them, in her own life and across the life of our country. By reckoning with the big challenges we face together, drawing on the hard-won wisdom and insight from her own career and the work of those who have most inspired her, Kamala Harris offers in The Truths We Hold a master class in problem solving, in crisis management, and leadership in challenging times. Through the arc of her own life, on into the great work of our day, she communicates a vision of shared struggle, shared purpose, and shared values. In a book rich in many home truths, not least is that a relatively small number of people work very hard to convince a great many of us that we have less in common than we actually do, but it falls to us to look past them and get on with the good work of living our common truth. When we do, our shared effort will continue to sustain us and this great nation, now and in the years to come"-- Provided by publisher.

Negro history week pamphlet.

January 2, 2019
Washington, D.C. : Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Inc.,
v. ; 23-28 cm.

The forgetting tree : a rememory

December 28, 2018
Paris, Rae, author.
Detroit : Wayne State University Press, [2017]
154 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Poems and prose.
"Rae Paris began writing The forgetting tree : a rememory in 2010, while traveling the United States, visiting sites of racial trauma, horror, and resistance. ... A perfect blending of prose, poetry, and images, The forgetting tree is a necessary collection that argues for a deeper understanding of past and present so that we might imagine a more hopeful, sustaining, and loving future for Black lives."--Back cover.

The FBI war on Tupac Shakur and Black leaders : U.S. intelligence's murderous targeting of Tupac, MLK, Malcolm, Panthers, Hendrix, Marley, rappers & linked ethnic leftists

December 26, 2018
Potash, John.
Baltimore, MD : Progressive Left Press, ©2007.
xv, 283 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

African American officers in Liberia : a pestiferous rotation, 1910-1942

December 19, 2018
Shellum, Brian, author.
xxvii, 271 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Place of publication taken from publisher's website.
Chronology -- Liberia : Black colony -- American support : dollar diplomacy -- Davis : mission defined -- Young : rescuing Liberia -- York, Green, Anderson : war and peace -- Young : final post -- Nabors, Staten, Outley : mission transition -- Firestone : privatization -- Afterward : starting over -- Conclusion : accomplishments -- Appendix : biographies of African Americans who served in Liberia 1910-1942.
"The story of seventeen African American officers who trained, reorganized, and commanded the Liberian Frontier Force to defend Liberia between 1910 and 1942"-- Provided by publisher.

The burden : African Americans and the enduring impact of slavery

December 19, 2018
xiv, 178 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Foreword / Nikole Hannah-Jones -- Introduction -- The burden / Rochelle Riley -- The armor we still need / A'Lelia Bundles -- A military family, descended from slaves / Benét J. Wilson -- Remnants of survival: black women and legacies of defiance / Charlene A. Carruthers -- Quiet defiance / Aku Kadogo -- Living without a beginning / Patrice Gaines -- Forged by fire / Tim Reid -- Eternal bondage / Leonard Pitts Jr. -- Sports industries as plantations / Kevin B. Blackistone -- What slavery means to me / Betty DeRamus -- If America had believed that black girls were girls / Tamara Winfrey-Harris -- Kalief Browder: a life marked for death / Vann R. Newkirk II -- An abomination, but you got fed / Julianne Malveaux -- Object lessons: re-encountering slavery through Rose's gift / Mark Auslander -- Chasing my past on a different map / Paula Williams Madison -- Our internal war: embracing a greatness that should be normal / Aisha Hinds -- The footprint of America's racial struggle in Cuba / DeWayne Wickham -- Lemonade: the duality of a black woman's devotion in the shadow of slave culture / Tonya M. Matthews -- It's not just hair / T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh -- The weapon of narrative and the African American story / Michael Simanga -- Our new civil rights movement will begin in our schools / Torrance G. Latham -- The black press -- more needed than ever / Herb Boyd -- Big Mama's money: a lasting lesson from bondage: don't be a slave to debt / Michelle Singletary -- Catching hands: African Americans and everyday rebellions / Carolyn Edgar -- Notes -- Author biographies.
This book is a plea to America to understand what life post-slavery remains like for many African Americans, who are descended from people whose unpaid labor built this land, but have had to spend the last century and a half carrying the dual burden of fighting racial injustice and rising above the lowered expectations and hateful bigotry that attempt to keep them shackled to that past.

Why I stand : from freedom to the killing fields of socialism

December 18, 2018
Owens, Burgess, 1951- author.
New York : Nashville : Post Hill Press, [2018]
287 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
American individualism -- The flag and why I stand -- Why I stand -- The killing fields of socialism -- Socialism vs. capitalism: which is the moral system? -- The NAACP strategy: the Trojan Horse -- Planned Parenthood: the sophistry of Margaret Sanger -- The Chinese bamboo tree -- America's promise -- It's all about team -- The Royalty Class Black man -- For the record: the Congressional Black caucus vote -- The Davis-Bacon Act -- The big lie -- John Lewis: the man, the bridge, the socialist hero -- James Meredith: the forgotten/ignored civil rights pioneer -- The Royalty Class Black man: who's who -- The state of President Obama's Black America -- The NFL, the flag, and globalism -- Corporate globalist: profits over patriotism -- The solution: "we the people" -- The solution: chivalry -- The solution: man-up/stand-up -- The solution: courage -- Black American conservatives: America's freedom sentinels.

With all my blessings above & beyond

December 14, 2018
White, Anita, (Christian writer) author.
[United States?] : [Anita White], [2017]
144 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"This book was written in the beliefs that it can help teens and other women in general to cope with abuse, rape, low self-esteem and etc. I hope that something in between these pages can up lift someone's mind and heart. These were low periods in my life that I had to learn through the hardship of life to appreciate myself and others that come in and out of my life whether it is for the good, bad or indifference. I hope and believe that through my hurt, tears and pain other teens and women can pull themselves up by their boot straps and become a phenomenon woman"--Back cover.

Breathing in God & exhaling life

December 14, 2018
White, Anita, (Christian writer) author.
[United States?] : [Anita White], [2018]
252 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Love by starlight (poem) -- Learning to use your imagination -- I am a diamond in the rough -- In the presences of an angel -- In the womb -- The projects -- The dark presence -- The family gets saved -- The pain gets greater -- From teen hood to Motherhood -- The streets my father & mother -- The drugs & lifestyle -- My romeo -- Bike accident -- Learning to walk again -- A prayer for increase -- Bible man -- New York, New York -- I could have had it all -- Atlanta aka: ATL -- Norcross Georgia -- I saw Satan -- Recovery is possible -- A brand-new day -- You deserve a million blessings (poem) -- Conclusion.
"Breathing in God & Exhaling Life is a book about my personnel spiritual relationship with a higher being that I found dwelling inside of me. I hope my memoirs of trials & tribulation allow you to open your mind. I have had many dances with the brushes of death. Due to the power of that higher being constantly stepping in on my behalf is the reason why I am still here. We are all philosophers and we all have a story to tell and this one is mine. I had to come to believe in a reality and dismiss all my illusions"

Jason Reynolds

December 13, 2018
Golkar, Golriz, author.
North Mankato, Minnesota : Bright Idea Books, [2019]
32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
A celebrity author -- A boy who did not like to read -- Picking up the pen -- Helping others find their voices -- Glossary -- Timeline -- Activity -- Further resources.
Presents information about the author who grew up not wanting to read to becoming a best-selling author who now writes books urban readers can relate to.

The speeches of Frederick Douglass : a critical edition

December 6, 2018
Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895, author.
xxxix, 645 pages ; 21 cm
Illustrations; Preface; Introduction: Frederick Douglass's Oratory and Political Leadership; Part 1: Selected Speeches by Frederick Douglass; "I Have Come to Tell You Something about Slavery" (1841); "Temperance and Anti-Slavery" (1846); "American Slavery, American Religion, and the Free Church of Scotland" (1846); "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?" (1852); "A Nation in the Midst of a Nation" (1853); "The Claims of the Negro Ethnologically Considered" (1854); "The American Constitution and the Slave" (1860); "The Mission of the War" (1864)"Sources of Danger to the Republic" (1867); "Let the Negro Alone" (1869); "We Welcome the Fifteenth Amendment" (1869); "Our Composite Nationality" (1869); "Which Greeley Are We Voting For?" (1872); "Recollections of the Anti-Slavery Conflict" (1873); "The Freedmen's Monument to Abraham Lincoln" (1876); "This Decision Has Humbled the Nation" (1883); " 'It Moves,' or the Philosophy of Reform" (1883); "I Am a Radical Woman Suffrage Man" (1888); "Self-Made Men" (1893); "Lessons of the Hour" (1894) -- Part 2: Known Influences on Frederick Douglass's Oratory; Caleb Bingham, from The Columbian Orator (1817); Henry Highland Garnet, from "An Address to the Slaves of the United States of America" (1843); Samuel Ringgold Ward, "Speech Denouncing Daniel Webster's Endorsement of the Fugitive Slave Law" (1850); Wendell Phillips, from "Toussaint L'Ouverture" (1863) -- Part 3: Frederick Douglass on Public Speaking; Frederick Douglass, "Give Us the Facts," from My Bondage and My Freedom (1855); Frederick Douglass, "One Hundred Conventions" (1843), from Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (1881; 1892); Frederick Douglass, "Letter from the Editor" (1849), from the Rochester North Star; Frederick Douglass, "A New Vocation before Me" (1870), from Life and Times; Frederick Douglass, "People Want to Be Amused as Well as Instructed" (1871), Letter to James Redpath; Frederick Douglass, "Great Is the Miracle of Human Speech" (1891), from the Washington (D.C.) Evening Star -- Part 4: Contemporary Commentary on Frederick Douglass as an Orator; Nathaniel Peabody Rogers, from "Rhode Island Anti-Slavery Meeting" (1841); William J. Wilson, "A Leaf from My Scrap Book: Samuel R. Ward and Frederick Douglass" (1849); Thurlow G. Weed, from "A Colored Man's Eloquence" (1853); William Wells Brown, from The Rising Son (1874); Elizabeth Cady Stanton, "An 1895 Public Letter from Elizabeth Cady Stanton on the Occasion of Frederick Douglass's Death," from In Memoriam: Frederick Douglass, ed. Helen Douglass (1897); Thomas Wentworth Higginson, from American Orators and Oratory (1901) -- Part 5: Modern Scholarly Criticism of Frederick Douglass as an Orator.


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