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SPECIAL FEATURES: Black History Month


African American lives DVD African American lives

African American lives [videorecording]
DVD-ED 973.0496 AFR179

A compelling combination of storytelling and science, this series uses genealogy, oral histories, family stories and DNA to trace roots of several accomplished African Americans down through American history and back to Africa. Distinguished scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., hosts the two-part series.



Best African American fiction:  2009 book Best African American fiction: 2009

Best African American fiction: 2009 / Gerald Early, series editor ; E. Lynn Harris, guest editor.
FIC BEST AF

The first in an annual series, this volume gathers the best short stories and excerpts from novels of African Aemerican writers. Editors E. Lynn Harris and Gerald Early have chosen to include works by well-known authors and new voices.



The King years : historic moments in the civil rights movement book The King years : historic moments in the civil rights movement

Branch, Taylor.
323.0973 BRANCH

This work includes selections from the America in the King Years trilogy with new introductions by the author. The essential moments of the Civil Rights Movement are set in historical context by the Pulitzer Prize winning author of the America in the King Years trilogy which includes Parting the Waters; Pillar of Fire; and At Canaan's Edge. This volume brings to life eighteen pivotal dramas, beginning with the impromptu speech that turned an untested, twenty six year old Martin Luther King forever into a public figure on the first night of the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott. Five years later, minority students filled the jails in a 1960 sit-in movement, and, in 1961, the Freedom Riders seized national attention. The author interprets King's famous speech at the 1963 March on Washington and the Birmingham church bombing that challenged his dream. We see student leader Bob Moses mobilize college volunteers for Mississippi's 1964 Freedom Summer, and a decade long movement for equal rights. In the chapter "King, J. Edgar Hoover, and the Nobel Peace Prize" the author details the covert use of state power for a personal vendetta. The chapter "Crossroads in Selma" describes King's ordeal to steer the citizen's movement through hopes and threats. The chapter "Crossroads in Vietnam" glimpses the ominous wartime split between King and President Lyndon Johnson. As the Black Power slogan of Stokely Carmichael captivated a world grown weary of nonviolent protest, King grew ever more isolated. King "pushed downward into lonelier causes until he wound up among the sanitation workers of Memphis." A requiem chapter leads to his assassination.



Some of my best friends are Black : the strange story of integration in America book Some of my best friends are Black : the strange story of integration in America

Colby, Tanner.
305.896 COLBY

Chronicles America's troubling relationship with race through four interrelated stories: the transformation of a once-racist Birmingham school system; a Kansas City neighborhood's fight against housing discrimination; the curious racial divide of the Madison Avenue ad world; and a Louisiana Catholic parish's forty-year effort to build an integrated church.



April 4, 1968 :  Martin Luther King, Jr's death and how it changed America book April 4, 1968 : Martin Luther King, Jr's death and how it changed America

Dyson, Michael Eric.
323.1196 DYSON

Michael Eric Dyson uses the fortieth anniversary of King's assassination as the occasion for a provocative and fresh examination of how King fought, and faced, his own death, and how we should use his death and legacy. Dyson also uses this landmark anniversary as the starting point for a comprehensive reevaluation of the fate of Black America over the four decades that followed King's death. He investigates the ways in which African-Americans have in fact made it to the Promised Land of which King spoke, while shining a bright light on the ways in which the nation has faltered in the quest for racial justice. Finally, he probes the virtues and flaws of charismatic black leadership that has followed in King's wake, from Jesse Jackson to Barack Obama.



In search of our roots :  how 19 extraordinary African Americans reclaimed their past book In search of our roots : how 19 extraordinary African Americans reclaimed their past

Gates, Henry Louis.
On order

In this companion book to a two-part PBS series, Gates combines rigorous historical research with DNA analysis to recreate the family trees of African-American celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones, as well as intellectuals, authors, comedians, musicians and athletes. Most of the subjects knew very little about ancestors as recent as grandparents, to say nothing of the information DNA results provided about their African and European ancestry. Gates connects gaps in ancestral knowledge to the fundamental evil of the American slave era, when slave owners and sellers purposely robbed black human beings of... "all aspects of civilization that make a human being 'human': names, birth dates, family ties."



The Hemingses of Monticello :  an American family book The Hemingses of Monticello : an American family

Gordon-Reed, Annette.
973.4609 GORDON

Gordon-Reed unearths startling new information about the Hemingses, Jefferson, and his white family. Although the book presents a detailed portrait of Sarah Hemings, who bore seven children by Jefferson over the course of their thirty-eight-year liaison, The Hemingses of Monticello tells more than the story of her life with Jefferson and their children. The Hemingses as a whole take their rightful place in the narrative of the family's extraordinary engagement with one of history's most important figures.



Simple justice :  the history of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's struggle for equality book Simple justice : the history of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's struggle for equality

Kluger, Richard.
344.7307 KLUGER

The definitive account of the legal battle that after three centuries at last awarded black Americans equal protection under the law by finding the old "separate but equal" doctrine to be a contradiction. Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Kluger explores the epochal Brown ruling from its legal and cultural roots, dwelling as well on the lives of those who led the long, bitter, and often disillusioning fight.



How free is free? :  the long death of Jim Crow book How free is free? : the long death of Jim Crow

Litwack, Leon F.
On order

In this stunning examination of African-American life after slavery. Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Litwack recounts the physical brutality and crushing legal oppression of Jim Crow America. Drawing on African-American literature, poetry and blues music, as well as traditional archival and media records, the author details lynchings, segregation, denial of education and housing—and the dedication among African-Americans determined not to be treated as second-class citizens.



While the world watched : a Birmingham bombing survivor comes of age during the civil rights movement book While the world watched : a Birmingham bombing survivor comes of age during the civil rights movement

McKinstry, Carolyn Maull, 1948-
976.1781 MCKINST

On September 15, 1963, a Klan-planted bomb went off in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Fourteen-year-old Carolyn Maull was just a few feet away when the bomb exploded, killing four of her friends in the girl's rest room she had just exited. It was one of the seminal moments in the Civil Rights movement, a sad day in American history ... and the turning point in a young girl's life. While the World Watched is a poignant and gripping eyewitness account of life in the Jim Crow South - from the bombings, riots and assassinations to the historic marches and triumphs that characterized the Civil Rights movement. A uniquely moving exploration of how racial relations have evolved over the past 5 decades, While the World Watched is an incredible testament to how far we've come and how far we have yet to go.



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