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The Autobiography of Medgar Evers: A Hero's Life and Legacy Revealed Through His Writings, Letters, and Speeches

by Myrlie Evers-Williams & Manning Marable

One of America’s leading black intellectuals teams up with Myrlie Evers-Williams to bring us the first-ever definitive look at the life, work, and tragic death of civil rights hero Medgar Evers


Stokely: A Life

by Peniel E. Joseph

Stokely Carmichael, the charismatic and controversial black activist, stepped onto the pages of history when he called for “Black Power” during a speech one humid Mississippi night in 1966. Carmichael’s...


Is Bill Cosby Right?: Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?

by Michael Eric Dyson

The best-selling book that sparked a national debate about the class divide in black America


The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African-American Culture

by Bakari Kitwana

This brilliantly provocative work is a focused, passionate, inspiring, and extremely thoughtful attempt not only to examine the problems facing young blacks, but also to point to a way out.--Atlanta Journal-Constitution...


Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II

by Farah Jasmine Griffin

As World War II raged overseas, Harlem witnessed a battle of its own. Brimming with creative and political energy, Harlem’s diverse array of artists and activists launched a bold cultural offensive aimed at...


Some of Us Did Not Die: New and Selected Essays

by June Jordan

A posthumous collection of the essays of June Jordan, noted for its "love of language" and "expression of social identity" (Reamy Jansen, San Francisco Chronicle)


Out There

by Darryl Pinckney

One of our most provocative African American novelists affirms the literary power of the African diaspora with an eloquent appreciation of three writers from very different places and times


Soldier: A Poet's Childhood

by June Jordan

Written with exceptional beauty throughout, Soldier stands and delivers an eloquent, heart-breaking, hilarious and hopeful, witness to the beginnings of a truly extraordinary, American life.


Ripples of Hope: Great American Civil Rights Speeches

by Josh Gottheimer

The only single source for civil rights speeches, spanning all of American history and representing the African-American, Asian-American, gay, Hispanic-American, and women's movements


Considering Genius: Writings on Jazz

by Stanley Crouch

A collection of Crouch's greatest works


Party Crashing: How the Hip-Hop Generation Declared Political Independence

by Keli Goff

One of the biggest young talents in Democratic politics takes on a subject she knows from the inside: why the new generation of black voters is leaving the Democratic Party


The Michael Eric Dyson Reader

by Michael Eric Dyson

: At last in one place-and in paperback-the best and most important writing from the leading African-American intellectual of his generation.


Mending the World: Stories of Family by Contemporary Black Writers

by Rosemarie Robotham

Today's most talented African American writers redefine and celebrate the black family in a collection of uniquely evocative poetry and prose


Open Mike

by Michael Eric Dyson

Essays and interviews from one of the most insightful and thought-provoking black intellectuals to emerge since the heyday of the civil rights movement.


Being Sugar Ray: Sugar Ray Robinson, America's Greatest Boxer and First Celebrity Athlete

by Kenneth Shropshire

A biography of Sugar Ray Robinson and an intellectual expedition into the culture of celebrity in sports


Something Torn and New: An African Renaissance

by Ngugi wa wa Thiong'o

"One of Africa's greatest writers” (San Francisco Chronicle) makes an impassioned plea for the resurrection of African language—and African culture itself


Why White Kids Love Hip Hop: Wankstas, Wiggers, Wannabes, and the New Reality of Race in America

by Bakari Kitwana

Why White Kids Love Hip Hop addresses uncomfortable truths about America's level of comfort with black people and challenges preconceived notions of race.


Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas's Illmatic

by Michael Eric Eric Dyson & Sohail Daulatzai

The best and brightest writers of the hip-hop generation reflect upon the era’s landmark album: Nas’s Illmatic


April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Death and How It Changed America

by Michael Eric Dyson

On April 4, 1968, at 6:01 p.m., while he was standing on a balcony at a Memphis hotel, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and fatally wounded. Only hours earlier King ended his final speech with the words, “I...


The Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Reader

by Henry Louis Gates & Abby Wolf

A primer from one of America’s most esteemed and popular intellectuals