New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

August 18, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Arthur Ashe : a life

August 17, 2018
Arsenault, Raymond.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018.
xii, 767 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Under the Dominion -- Playing in the shadows -- Dr. J and the Lynchburg boys -- The only raisin in a rice pudding -- The gateway -- The golden land -- Traveling man -- From Dixie to Down Under -- Advantage Ashe -- Openings -- Mr. Cool -- Racket man -- Doubling down -- Risky business -- South Africa -- Pros and cons -- Wimbledon 1975 -- King Arthur -- Affairs of the heart -- Coming back -- Off the court -- Captain Ashe -- Blood lines -- Hard road to glory -- Days of grace -- Final set -- Epilogue: Shadow's end.

The art & science of respect : a memoir

August 16, 2018
Prince, James, 1964 or 1965- author.
289 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm
Cover title.
For decades, serial entrepreneur James Prince presided over Rap-A-Lot Records, one of the first and most successful independent rap labels. In his memoir, he explains how he earned his reputation as one of the most respected men in Hip Hop. By staying true to his three principles of heart, loyalty, and commitment, and an unwavering faith in God, he has defeated many adversaries. Whether battling the systemic cycle of poverty, record label executives, boxing promoters, or corrupt DEA agents, Prince has always emerged victorious. Respect isn't given, it's earned. In recounting his compelling life story, Prince analyzes the art and science of earning respect - and giving respect - and how to apply these principles to your own life.


August 13, 2018
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2018]
360 pages ; 21 cm
Sibling rivalry / by Carl Weber -- Love seldom, trust never / by Ty Marshall -- The bag is in / by Marlon PS White.
Headlined by New York Times bestseller Carl Weber, three authors bring readers tales of power, greed, and ambition set in some of the country's roughest neighborhoods.

Teaching for Black lives

August 9, 2018
382 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Black Students' Lives Matter : Building the school-to-justice pipeline / the editors of Rethinking Schools -- How One Elementary School Sparked a Citywide Movement to Make Black Students' Lives Matter / Wayne Au and Jesse Hagopian -- Student Athletes Kneel to Level the Playing Field / Jesse Hagopian -- Happening Yesterday, Happened Tomorrow : Teaching the ongoing murders of Black men / Renée Watson -- Space for Young Black Women : An interview with Candice Valenzuela / Jody Sokolower -- Trayvon Martin and My Students : Writing toward justice / Linda Christensen -- Two Sets of Notes / MK Asante -- Taking the Fight Against White Supremacy into Schools / Adam Sanchez -- A Vision for Black Lives : Policy demands for Black power, freedom, and justice / the Movement for Black Lives coalition -- The Color Line : How white elites sought to divide and conquer in the American colonies / Bill Bigelow -- Presidents and Slaves : Helping students find the truth / Bob Peterson -- When Black Lives Mattered : Why teach Reconstruction / Adam Sanchez -- Reconstructing the South : A role play / Bill Bigelow -- Medical Apartheid : Teaching the Tuskegee Syphilis Study / Gretchen Kraig-Turner -- Beyond Just a Cells Unit : What my science students learned from the story of Henrietta Lacks / Gretchen Kraig-Turner -- Teaching SNCC : The organization at the heart of the civil rights revolution / Adam Sanchez -- Claiming and Teaching the 1963 March on Washington / Bill Fletcher Jr. -- Reflections of a "Deseg Baby" / Linda Mizell -- What We Don't Learn About the Black Panther Party--but Should / Adam Sanchez and Jesse Hagopian -- COINTELPRO : Teaching the FBI's war on the Black freedom movement / Ursula Wolfe-Rocca -- Burned Out of Homes and History : Unearthing the silenced voices of the Tulsa Race Riot / Linda Christensen -- "The Most Gentrified City of the Century" / Becky HenkleBerry and Jeff Waters -- What Do You Mean When You Say Urban? Speaking honestly about race and students / Dyan Watson -- Vacancies to Fill : Considering desire in the past and future of Chicago's vacant schools / Eve L. Ewing -- Plotting Inequalities, Building Resistance / Bridget Brew, Crystal Proctor, and Adam Renner -- Bearing Witness Through Poetry / Renée Watson -- Shock-Doctrine Schooling in Haiti : Neoliberalism off the Richter scale / Jesse Hagopian -- Lead Poisoning : Bringing social justice to chemistry / Karen Zaccor -- Jailing Our Minds / Abbie Cohen -- Schools and the New Jim Crow : An interview with Michelle Alexander / Jody Sokolower -- Racial Justice Is Not a Choice : White supremacy, high-stakes testing, and the punishment of Black and Brown students / Wayne Au -- How K-12 Schools Push Out Black Girls : An interview with Monique W. Morris / Kate Stoltzfus -- Haniyah's Story / Haniyah Muhammad -- Teaching Haniyah / Jody Sokolower -- Teaching the Prison-Industrial Complex / Aparna Lakshmi -- Restorative Justice : What it is and is not / the editors of Rethinking Schools -- Baby Steps Toward Restorative Justice / Linea King -- A Talk to Teachers / James Baldwin -- Black Like Me / Renée Watson -- Dear White Teacher / Chrysanthius Lathan -- Black Boys in White Spaces : One mom's reflection / Dyan Watson -- "Raised by Women" : Celebrating our homes / Linda Christensen -- Ode to the Only Black Kid in the Class / Clint Smith -- #MeToo and The Color Purple / Linda Christensen -- Queering Black History and Getting Free / Dominique Hazzard -- Rethinking Islamophobia : Combating bigotry by raising the voices of Black Muslims / Alison Kysia -- Rethinking Identity : Afro-Mexican history / Michelle Nicola -- Brown Kids Can't Be in Our Club : Teaching 6-year-olds about skin color, race, culture, and respect / Rita Tenorio -- A Message from a Black Mom to Her Son / Dyan Watson -- Black Is Beautiful / Kara Hinderlie

I [heart] Obama

August 8, 2018
Kaplan, Erin Aubry, author.
Lebanon, NH : ForeEdge, An imprint of University Press of New England, [2016]
xii, 222 pages ; 24 cm
The word "heart" in the title appears as the heart symbol.
Introduction -- Obama the folk hero: what he means to us -- Obama represents -- Obama leads -- Who is this guy? -- Is Obama bad for us? -- Epilogue: I heart Obama.
"In his two terms as president, Barack Obama solidified his status as something black people haven't had for fifty years: a folk hero. The 1960s delivered Malcom X and Martin Luther King, Jr., forever twinned as larger-than-life outsiders and truth tellers who took on racism and died in the process. Obama is different: Not an outsider but president, head of the most powerful state in the world; a centrist Democrat, not the face of a movement. Yet he is every bit a folk hero, doing battle with the beast of a system created to keep people like him on the margins. He is unique among presidents and entirely unique among black people, who never expected to have a president so soon"--Jacket.

The lost education of Horace Tate : uncovering the hidden heroes who fought for justice in schools

July 31, 2018
Walker, Vanessa Siddle, author.
viii, 468 pages ; 25 cm
Introduction: finding the hidden provocateurs -- Prologue: before the end -- In the shadow of his smile -- Now you see me, now you don't -- My dear Mr. Marshall -- The balm in gilead -- A simple scheme to do a "simple little" -- To help our people -- Fighting white folk -- Out of the public eye -- Seasons of opportunity -- Paying the cost -- Just trying to be a man -- Moving on up -- In this present crisis -- Shifting sands -- The ties that bind -- Paying the Cost-Again -- Walking the Ancient Paths -- Policing the South -- Justice Restructured in Dixie -- As freedom turns -- Not a two-way street -- We hold these truths -- Fighting back -- A charge to keep I have -- Justice betrayed -- A second-class integration it is -- Nobody but a fool -- Epilogue: the last word.
"In the epic tradition of Eyes on the Prize and with the cultural significance of John Lewis's March trilogy, an ambitious and harrowing account of the devoted black educators who battled Southern school segregation and inequality. For two years an aging Dr. Horace Tate—a former teacher, principal, and state senator—told Emory University professor Vanessa Siddle Walker about his clandestine travels on unpaved roads under the cover of night, meeting with other educators and with Dr. King, Georgia politicians, and even U.S. presidents. Sometimes he and Walker spoke by phone, sometimes in his office, sometimes in his home; always Tate shared fascinating stories of the times leading up to and following Brown v. Board of Education. Dramatically, on his deathbed, he asked Walker to return to his office in Atlanta, in a building that was once the headquarters of another kind of southern strategy, one driven by integrity and equality. Just days after Dr. Tate’s passing in 2002, Walker honored his wish. Up a dusty, rickety staircase, locked in a concealed attic, she found the collection: a massive archive documenting the underground actors and covert strategies behind the most significant era of the fight for educational justice. Thus began Walker’s sixteen-year project to uncover the network of educators behind countless battles—in courtrooms, schools, and communities—for the education of black children. Until now, the courageous story of how black Americans in the South won so much and subsequently fell so far has been incomplete. The Lost Education of Horace Tate is a monumental work that offers fresh insight into the southern struggle for human rights, revealing little-known accounts of leaders such as W.E.B. Du Bois and James Weldon Johnson, as well as hidden provocateurs like Horace Tate."-- Provided by publisher.

The black and the blue : a cop reveals the crimes, racism, and injustice in America's law enforcement

July 31, 2018
Horace, Matthew, author.
xvi, 238 pages ; 24 cm
The boogeyman -- Being black in blue -- Who matters most? -- The system -- The conspiracy -- We can't be made whole -- A culture of criminality -- Culture versus strategy -- A murder in Chicago -- The cover-up -- Damage control -- The journey forward -- At the end of failing systems -- Epilogue.

13 days in Ferguson

July 27, 2018
Johnson, Ron (Police officer), author.
291 pages ; 24 cm
"A memoir " --Cover.
Confrontation -- Michael Brown's body -- "This is war" -- "These people" -- "Why am I different?" -- Waiting for the storm -- A different morning -- "I need answers" -- "Save our sons" -- "No more than I can bear" -- "I am you" -- A bullet has no name -- Man, Black man, trooper -- "Where have you been?" -- "Trouble doesn't last always".

This noble woman : Myrtilla Miner and her fight to establish a school for African American girls in the slaveholding South

July 26, 2018
Greenburg, Michael M., author.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press Incorporated, [2018]
216 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Prologue: To preserve a memory -- A country girl -- Awakening -- Mississippi -- "The antislavery altar of my country" -- "I shall try it!" -- "National only in name" -- "The School for Colored Girls" -- Growing pains -- Exhilaration and exhaustion -- "William the Unlucky" -- "A perpetual and impassable barrier" -- This noble woman -- Epilogue: "You are that monument".
Myrtilla Miner, the daughter of poor white farmers in Madison County, New York, was fueled by an unyielding feminist conviction. On December 3, 1851, the fiery educator and abolitionist opened the School for Colored Girls-- the only school in Washington, DC, dedicated to training African American students to be teachers. Milner fended off numerous attacks, including stonings, arson, and physical threats. The school would gradually gain national fame and stimulate a nationwide debate on the education of black people. -- adapted from back cover of jacket

My brother Moochie : regaining dignity in the face of crime, poverty, and racism in the American South

July 19, 2018
Bailey, Issac J., author.
New York, NY : Other Press, [2018]
288 pages ; 22 cm
At the age of nine, Issac J. Bailey saw his hero, his eldest brother, taken away in handcuffs, not to return from prison for thirty-two years. Bailey tells the story of their relationship and of his experience living in a family suffering from guilt and shame. Drawing on sociological research as well as his expertise as a journalist, he seeks to answer the crucial question of why Moochie and many other young black men--including half of the ten boys in his own family--end up in the criminal justice system.

Uncelebrated narratives from black history

July 18, 2018
Gill, Joel Christian.
Golden, CO : Fulcrum Publishing, 2014-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Strange fruit vol. 1 & 2
A collection of stories from African American history that exemplifies success in the face of great adversity offering historical and cultural commentary on nine uncelebrated heroes whose stories are not often found in history books.

I can't date Jesus : love, sex, family, race, and other reasons I'veput my faith in Beyoncé

July 18, 2018
Arceneaux, Michael, author.
New York : Atria Paperback, 2018.
ix, 241 pages ; 21 cm
Introduction: where'd you go? -- The first taste -- I see a priest in you -- The first, the worst -- Diana Ross -- You will die poor -- Learning How to ho and date and failing at both -- This place is no sanctuary -- Itchy and scratchy -- My lord and gyrator -- The marrying kind -- The pinkprint -- I'll dial that number -- The impossible -- I can't date Jesus -- Sweet potato Saddam -- Epilogue: yeah, everything good ... we good.
"In the style of New York Times bestsellers You Can't Touch My Hair, Bad Feminist, and I'm Judging You, a timely collection of alternately hysterical and soul-searching essays about what it is like to grow up as a creative, sensitive black man in a world that constantly tries to deride and diminish your humanity. It hasn't been easy being Michael Arceneaux. Equality for LGBT people has come a long way and all, but voices of persons of color within the community are still often silenced, and being black in America is...well, have you watched the news? With the characteristic wit and candor that have made him one of today's boldest writers on social issues, I Can't Date Jesus is Michael Arceneaux's impassioned, forthright, and refreshing look at minority life in today's America. Leaving no bigoted or ignorant stone unturned, he describes his journey in learning to embrace his identity when the world told him to do the opposite. He eloquently writes about coming out to his mother; growing up in Houston, Texas; that time his father asked if he was 'funny' while shaking his hand; his obstacles in embracing intimacy; and the persistent challenges of young people who feel marginalized and denied the chance to pursue their dreams. Perfect for fans of David Sedaris and Phoebe Robinson, I Can't Date Jesus tells us--without apologies--what it's like to be outspoken and brave in a divisive world"-- Provided by publisher.

Blacktino queer performance

July 17, 2018
Durham, NC : Duke University Press, 2016.
573 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction : Ethnoracial intimacies in Blacktino queer performance / E. Patrick Johnson and Ramón H. Rivera-Servera -- Part I : The love conjure/blues text installation / Sharon Bridgforth ; Reinventing the Black Southern Community in Sharon Bridgforth's The love conjure/blues text installation / Matt Richardson ; Interview with Sharon Bridgforth / Sandra L. Richards -- Part II : Machos / directed/developed by Coya Paz, created by Teatro Luna ; Voicing masculinity / Tamara Roberts ; Interview with Coya Paz / Patricia Ybarra -- Part III : Strange fruit : a performance about identity politics / E. Patrick Johnson ; Passing strange : E. Patrick Johnson's Strange fruit / Jennifer DeVere Brody ; Interview with E. Patrick Johnson / Bernadette Marie Calafell -- Part IV : Ah mén / Javier Cardona, translated by Andreea Micu and Ramón H. Rivera-Servera ; Homosociality and its discontents : Puerto Rican masculinities in Javier Cardona's Ah mén / Celiany Rivera-Velázquez and Beliza Torres Narváez ; Interview with Javier Cardona / Jossianna Arroyo, translated by Ramón H. Rivera-Servera -- Part V : Dancin' the down low / Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr. ; Queering Black identity and desire : Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr.'s Dancin' the down low / Lisa B. Thompson ; Interview with Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr. / John Keene -- Part VI: Cuban hustle / Cedric Brown ; Love and money : performing Black queer diasporic desire in Cuban hustle / Marlon M. Bailey ; Interview with Cedric Brown / D. Soyini Madison -- Part VII: Seens from the unexpectedness of love / Pamela Booker ; "Public intimacy" : women-loving-women as dramaturgical transgressions / Omi Osun Joni L. Jones ; Interview with Pamela Booker / Tavia Nyong'o -- Part VIII: Berserker / Paul Outlaw ; What's Nat Turner doing up in here with all these queers? Paul Outlaw's Berserker : a black gay meditation on interracial desire and disappearing blackness / Charles I. Nero ; Interview with Paul Outlaw / Vershaum Ashanti Young -- Part IX: I just love Andy Gibb : a play in one act / Charles Rice-González ; Learning to unlove Andy Gibb : race, beauty, and the erotics of Puerto Rican black queer pedagogy / Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes ; Interview with Charles Rice-González / Ramón H. Rivera-Servera.

The light of truth : writings of an anti-lynching crusader

July 17, 2018
Wells-Barnett, Ida B., 1862-1931.
New York : Penguin Books, 2014.
xxxvi, 581 pages ; 20 cm.
What is an African American classic? / Henry Louis Gates Jr. -- Introduction / Mia Bay -- The light of truth -- I. "Iola, the Princess of the Press" : Wells's Early Writings -- Stick to the race (1885) -- Functions of leadership 1885) -- Freedom of political action (1885) -- Woman's mission (1885) -- A story of 1900 (1886) -- Our women (1887) -- "Iola" on discrimination (1887) -- The model woman (1888) -- All things considered (1891) -- The Jim Crow car (1891) -- The lynchers wince (1891) -- The requisites of true leadership (1892) -- II. To call a thing by its true name : Wells's crusade against lynching -- Afro-Americans and Africa (1892) -- Bishop Tanner's "ray of light" (1892) -- Southern horrors : Lynch Law in all its phases (1892) -- Iola's southern field (1892) -- The requirements of Southern journalism (1893) -- Lynch Law in all its phases (1893) -- The reign of mob law (1893) -- Lynch Law and the color line (1893) -- To tole with watermelons (1893) -- Selections from The Reason Why the Colored American Is Not in the world's Columbian Exposition (1893) -- III. Ida B. Wells Abroad -- Two Christmas days : a holiday story (1894) -- Liverpool slave traditions and present practices (1894) -- The bitter cry of Black America : a new "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1894) -- Ida B. Wells abroad (1864) -- The English speak (1894) -- The scoundrel (1894) -- IV. The Crusade Continues -- She pleads for her race : Miss Ida B. Wells talks about her anti-lynching campaign (1894) -- A red record -- Lynch Law in Georgia (1899) -- V. Twentieth-Century Journalism and Letters -- Mob rule in New Orleans : Robert Charles and his fight to the death (1900) -- Lynch Law in America (1900) -- The Negro's case in equity (1900) -- Lynching and the excuse for it (1901) -- Booker T. Washington and his critics (1904) -- How enfranchisement stops lynchings (1940) -- The Northern Negro woman's social and moral condition (1910) -- Slayer, in grip of law, fights return to South (1910) -- Mrs. Ida Wells Barnett on Why Mrs. Jack Johnson Suicided (1912) -- Our country's lynching record (1913) -- The ordeal of the "solitary" (1915) -- The East St. Louis massacre : the greatest outrage of the century (1917) -- The Arkansas Race Riot (1920) -- Articles on the Mississippi flood (1927).
"The broadest and most comprehensive collection of writings available by an early civil and women's rights pioneer . Seventy-one years before Rosa Parks's courageous act of resistance, police dragged a young Black journalist named Ida B. Wells off a train for refusing to give up her seat. The experience shaped Wells's career, and--when hate crimes touched her life personally--she mounted what was to become her life's work: an anti-lynching crusade that captured international attention. This volume covers the entire scope of Wells's remarkable career, collecting her early writings, articles exposing the horrors of lynching, essays from her travels abroad, and her later journalism. The Light of Truth is both an invaluable resource for study and a testament to Wells' long career as a civil rights activist"-- Provided by publisher.

Afrofuturism : the world of black sci-fi and fantasy culture

July 17, 2018
Womack, Ytasha.
Chicago, IL : Chicago Review Press, [2013]
ix, 213 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Evolution of a space cadet -- A human fairy tale named black -- Project imagination -- Mothership in the key of Mars -- The African cosmos for modern mermaids (mermen) -- Divine feminine in space -- Pen my future -- Moonwalkers in paint and pixels -- A clock for time travelers -- The surreal life -- Agent change -- Future world

Ballots and bullets : Black Power politics and urban guerrilla warfare in 1968 Cleveland

July 12, 2018
Robenalt, James D., 1956- author.
Chicago, Illinois : Lawrence Hill Books, an imprint of Chicago Review Press Incorporated, [2018]
376 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Watch yourself, Willie" -- "We will meet violence with violence and lynching with lynching" -- "We will meet physical force with soul force" -- "The hate that hate produced" -- "You nigger pickaninnies, stay out of our schools, this is our neighborhood!"-- "The ballot or the bullet" -- "There's no room for a rifle club named after Medgar Evers" -- "I am on the outside" -- "The Black Stalin" -- "Whatever you fear is what you worship" -- "Their fight is for dignity and work" -- "A daily battle against depression and hopelessness" -- "Hough" -- "Reliability and discretion assured" -- "Blood will flow in the streets" -- "Life for me ain't been no crystal stair" -- "He speaks my views" -- "He desperately needed a victory" -- "As lambs for the slaughter" -- "You should establish their unsavory backgrounds" -- "The voice of madness" -- "Cleveland: NOW!" -- "The good news in American cities is coming out of Cleveland" -- "Having a gun is no crime" -- "Tow truck in trouble" -- "This is only the beginning" -- "Alot of people are going to get killed" -- "The case against Fred Ahmed Evans is weak" -- "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield".

Girls from da hood 13

July 12, 2018
392 pages ; 21 cm
At head of title on cover: Urban Books presents.
Get it! Get it! / by Ms. Michel Moore -- You can't break us / by Treasure Hernandez -- So far gone / by Katt.
Three dramatic stories of life on the streets, including the tale of Voodo and Moni, lovers who dispense their share of street justice revenge when they are wronged by former business associates.

Homey don't play that! : the story of In Living Color and the black comedy revolution

July 9, 2018
Peisner, David, author.
vii, 386 pages ; 24 cm
"If you ain't helping your brother, then I'm beating your ass" -- "Keenen was always the pioneer" -- "This is the place" -- "Richard was a god, so we were just lucky to be in his orbit" -- "There's a new sheriff in town" -- "This is what they think of us" -- "I was young, black, and angry" -- "Anybody who was anybody went there" -- "We're the Black Pack, homey" -- "You can't kill this movie" -- "The bad boys of television" -- "The running joke was if your last name's not Wayans, you didn't have a shot" -- Is this okay to say?" -- "If he ain't got no jokes, I don't need him" -- "It was just this overnight sensation" -- "Until it's funny, I can't care" -- "What they thought was hip-hop, wasn't hip-hop" -- "That's the beauty of it: it's dangerous and we shouldn't be doing it" -- "We got a problem. I want the other girl" -- "Some white kid from Harvard joking about Malcolm X-Lax-- I don't think that shit is funny" -- "If you don't bring your A game, other people are happy to do it" -- "All I remember is the layer of desperation that hung in the air" -- "Jamie fucking scared me" -- "I'm better that any of these girls and you know it!" -- "We were horrible to the censors" -- "I started laughing so hard that I forgot to do my job" -- "This show isn't just a money spigot" -- "It just seemed like nothing was ever going to be funny again" -- "It was a really cold, destructive place to work" -- "They were trying to commandeer the show" -- "It was a bunch of scared people left trying to save a sinking ship" -- "We didn't land on Chris Rock. Chris Rock landed on us" -- "We were getting a sense it just wasn't working" -- "It was time to fold up the tent" -- "Does anybody say NBC has all this white programming?" -- "No matter how funny a black comic is, it doesn't mean shit unless he makes the right white man laugh" -- "How does In Living Color fare in a world of Key and Peele?" -- "It's that moment when it all ignited."
"Discover the fascinating behind-the-scenes stories and lasting impact of the trailblazing sketch comedy show that upended television, launched the careers of some of our biggest stars, and changed the way we talk, think, and laugh about race: In Living Color."--Publisher's description.

Enemies in love : a German POW, a black nurse, and an unlikely romance

June 28, 2018
Clark, Alexis, author.
New York, NY : The New Press, 2018.
xvi, 251 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Elinor -- Frederick -- Fighting Hitler and Jim Crow -- German POWs in the United States -- Prisoners and nurses -- A forbidden romance -- End of war -- An uncertain future -- Searching for acceptance -- Finally home.
"This is the nonfiction love story of Elinor Powell, an African American army nurse, and Frederick Albert, a German prisoner of war. The two met when black army nurses were put in regular contact with German POWs who were detained in the United States during World War II, an unlikely and little-discussed circumstance during one of the most documented periods in history"-- Provided by publisher.

Free the beaches : the story of Ned Coll and the battle for America's most exclusive shoreline

June 28, 2018
Kahrl, Andrew W., 1978- author.
viii, 364 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Introduction -- New England's sand curtain -- What am I doing here? -- Rats cause riots -- Let's share summer -- Gut liberalism -- Who the hell invited that guy? -- Freedom of beach -- Saving the shore -- Go home, Ned -- Welcome to Greenwich! -- Epilogue: Nature bats last.
"The story of our separate and unequal America in the making, and one man's fight against it--During the long, hot summers of the late 1960s and 1970s, one man began a campaign to open some of America's most exclusive beaches to minorities and the urban poor. That man was anti-poverty activist and one-time presidential candidate Ned Coll of Connecticut, a state that permitted public access to a mere seven miles of its 253-mile shoreline. Nearly all of the state's coast was held privately, for the most part by white, wealthy residents. This book is the first to tell the story of the controversial protester who gathered a band of determined African American mothers and children and challenged the racist, exclusionary tactics of homeowners in a state synonymous with liberalism. Coll's legacy of remarkable successes--and failures--illuminates how our nation's fragile coasts have not only become more exclusive in subsequent decades but also have suffered greater environmental destruction and erosion as a result of that private ownership."--Publisher's website.

A lot like me : a father and son's journey to reconciliation : a memoir

June 25, 2018
Elder, Larry, author.
Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing, a division of Salem Media Group, [2018]
283 pages ; 22 cm

Pulse of perseverance : three black doctors on their journey to success.

June 22, 2018
187 pages ; 23 cm
Book I / Pierre Johnson MD -- Book II / Maxime Madhere MD -- Book III / Joseph Semien Jr MD.
The authors each tell their story, from growing up in New York City and Washington, D.C., Chicago, and New Orleans, to their meeting as premed students at Xavier University of Louisiana, to becoming board certified physicians, fathers and community mentors.

Uncensored : my life and uncomfortable conversations at the intersection of black and white America

June 21, 2018
Wood, Zachary R., author.
x, 257 pages ; 22 cm
Crossroads -- Dads' Day -- One call -- Starting over again -- Comeback route -- The void -- Gravity -- Circling -- Friday nights -- Shoulder to the wheel -- Evolution.
"As the president of the student group Uncomfortable Learning at Williams College, Zachary Wood knows all about intellectual controversy. From John Derbyshire to Charles Murray, there's no one Zach refuses to debate or engage with simply because he disagrees with their beliefs--sometimes vehemently so--and this controversial view has given him a unique platform on college campuses and in the media. But Zach has never shared the details of his own personal story, and how he came to be a crusader for open dialogue and free speech. In Uncensored, he reveals for the first time how he grew up poor and black in Washington, DC, in an environment where the only way to survive was to resist the urge to write people off because of their backgrounds and their perspectives. By sharing his troubled upbringing--from a difficult early childhood filled with pain, uncertainty, and conflict to the struggles of code-switching between his home in a rough neighborhood and his elite private school--Zach makes a compelling argument for a new way of interacting with others, in a nation and a world that has never felt more polarized. In Uncensored, he hopes to foster a new outlook on society's most difficult conversations, both on campus and across the country."--Page [2] of cover.

Old in art school : a memoir of starting over

June 20, 2018
Painter, Nell Irvin, author.
xvi, 331 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: You'll never be an artist -- How old are you? -- Leaving my former life -- Getting there -- So much to learn -- Familiar artists, new ways -- Illustration versus the context of art -- Transcription -- Look like an artist -- Drawing -- I could not draw my mother dying -- A bad decision -- Euphoria -- Grief -- Peers -- Crit -- Art school + history history -- You'll never be an artist -- Discovery -- MFA thesis -- And now? -- Newark artist -- Art history by Nell Painter -- Coda: Happy ending.
Following her retirement from Princeton University, celebrated historian Dr. Nell Irvin Painter surprised everyone in her life by returning to school--in her sixties--to earn a BFA and MFA in painting. In Old in Art School, she travels from her beloved Newark to the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design; finds meaning in the artists she loves, even as she comes to understand how they may be undervalued; and struggles with the unstable balance between the pursuit of art and the inevitable, sometimes painful demands of a life fully lived. How are women and artists seen and judged by their age, looks, and race? What does it mean when someone says, "You will never be an artist"? Who defines what "An Artist" is and all that goes with such an identity?--from publisher's description.

The bone and sinew of the land : America's forgotten black pioneers & the struggle for equality

June 18, 2018
Cox, Anna-Lisa, author.
xviii, 280 pages : map ; 25 cm
"Life, liberty" -- Interlude: "We hold these truths to be self-evident" -- "The pursuit of happiness" -- "And secure the blessings of liberty." -- "To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." -- "Burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people" -- "The right of the people to peaceably assemble." -- "For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments" -- "A history of repeated injuries and usurpations." -- Conclusion: "All men are created equal".
"The American frontier is one of our most cherished and enduring national images. We think of the early settlers who tamed the wilderness and built the bones of our great country as courageous, independent--and white. In this groundbreaking work of deep historical research, Anna-Lisa Cox shows that this history simply isn't accurate. In fact, she has found a stunning number of black settlements on the frontier--in the thousands. Though forgotten today, these homesteads were a matter of national importance at the time; their mere existence challenged rationalizations for slavery and pushed the question toward a crisis--one that was not resolved until the eruption of the Civil War. Blending meticulous detail with lively storytelling, Cox brings historical recognition to the brave people who managed not just to secure their freedom but begin a battle that is still going on today--a battle for equality."--Provided by publisher.


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