Black History Month

Memoir, essays, music, art, sociology, health, women's studies, and more: Books to celebrate Black History Month.

Title: Collection: Black History Month. Featuring seven book covers including White Burgers, Black Cash; Traveling without Moving; Deeper Blues; and more.

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Essays, memoir, music, art, social justice, activism, social sciences, health, women's studies, and more: Books to honor Black History Month.

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UMN PRESS PODCAST EPISODES:

-How feelings about race are normalized by media culture. With Allison Page and Brittany Farr.

-We Are Meant to Rise: A live event recording with Carolyn Holbrook, David Mura, Douglas Kearney, Melissa Olson, Said Shaiye, and Kao Kalia Yang.

-How institutionalized racism shapes health in the 21st century: With Anne Pollock and Ruha Benjamin.

-How the ordinary postwar home constructed race in the US: With Dianne Harris and Mabel O. Wilson.

-The crime of black repair in Jamaica. With Jovan Scott Lewis and Peter James Hudson.

-Creative writing as a powerful tool for challenging racism: With Carolyn Holbrook and Sherrie Fernandez-Williams.

OTHER EXTRAS:

-Celebrate Black History Month 2024 with The Current: A collaboration, with new content released each week in February. The first piece is on King Solomon's Mines, paraphrased from Andrea Swensson's Got to Be Something Here.

-Hope in the Struggle, a reflection on the life of Josie R. Johnson, is a Twin Cities PBS documentary. It premieres February 12th.

-Naa Oyo Kwate (White Burgers, Black Cash) will receive the 2024 Best Book in the Field of Urban Affairs Award. (Announced Feb. 13, 2024)

-David Mura (The Stories Whiteness Tells Itself) talks with Alyssa Milano on her podcast Sorry Not Sorry.

-White Burgers, Black Cash: The book trailer.

-Sam and the Incredible African and American Food Fight: Watch an author talk featuring Shannon Gibney on the Multicultural Children's Book Day Instagram and download activity sheets.

BROWSE COLLECTION:

Deeper Blues: The Life, Songs, and Salvation of Cornbread Harris Deeper Blues The Life, Songs, and Salvation of Cornbread Harris Andrea Swensson 2024 Spring
The emotional, epic story of James “Cornbread” Harris—a self-proclaimed “blessed dude” and one of Minneapolis’s most influential musicians
Traveling without Moving: Essays from a Black Woman Trying to Survive in America Traveling without Moving Essays from a Black Woman Trying to Survive in America Taiyon Coleman 2024 Spring
A stunning lyrical commentary on the constructions of race, gender, and class in the fraught nexus of a Black woman’s personal experience and cultural history
The Promise of Youth Anti-citizenship: Race and Revolt in Education The Promise of Youth Anti-citizenship Race and Revolt in Education Kevin L. Clay and Kevin Lawrence Henry Jr., Editors 2024 Spring
When inclusion into the fold of citizenship is conditioned by a social group’s conceit to ritual violence, humiliation, and exploitation, what can anti-citizenship offer us?
Unsettling Choice: Race, Rights, and the Partitioning of Public Education Unsettling Choice Race, Rights, and the Partitioning of Public Education Ujju Aggarwal 2023 Fall
How the Great Recession revealed a system of school choice built on crisis, precarity, and exclusion
The Needle and the Lens: Pop Goes to the Movies from Rock ’n’ Roll to Synthwave The Needle and the Lens Pop Goes to the Movies from Rock ’n’ Roll to Synthwave Nate Patrin 2023 Fall
How the creative use of pop music in film—think Saturday Night Fever or Apocalypse Now—has shaped and shifted music history since the 1960s
In the Company of Radical Women Writers In the Company of Radical Women Writers Rosemary Hennessy 2023 Spring
Recovering the bold voices and audacious lives of women who confronted capitalist society’s failures and injustices in the 1930s—a decade unnervingly similar to our own
Expelling Public Schools: How Antiracist Politics Enable School Privatization in Newark Expelling Public Schools How Antiracist Politics Enable School Privatization in Newark John Arena 2023 Spring
Exploring the role of identitarian politics in the privatization of Newark’s public school system
Sam and the Incredible African and American Food Fight Sam and the Incredible African and American Food Fight Shannon Gibney 2023 Spring
Six-year-old Sam, with his Liberian dad and African American mom, finds a way to bring everyone in his cross-cultural family together at the dinner table
White Burgers, Black Cash: Fast Food from Black Exclusion to Exploitation White Burgers, Black Cash Fast Food from Black Exclusion to Exploitation Naa Oyo A. Kwate 2023 Spring
The long and pernicious relationship between fast food restaurants and the African American community
In the Company of Grace: A Veterinarian's Memoir of Trauma and Healing In the Company of Grace A Veterinarian's Memoir of Trauma and Healing Jody Lulich 2022 Fall
The son of a Black mother and white father overcomes family trauma to find the courage of compassion in veterinary practice
The Stories Whiteness Tells Itself: Racial Myths and Our American Narratives The Stories Whiteness Tells Itself Racial Myths and Our American Narratives David Mura 2022 Fall
Uncovering the pernicious narratives white people create to justify white supremacy and sustain racist oppression
The Unteachables: Disability Rights and the Invention of Black Special Education The Unteachables Disability Rights and the Invention of Black Special Education Keith A. Mayes 2022 Fall
How special education used disability labels to marginalize Black students in public schools
Afro-Sweden: Becoming Black in a Color-Blind Country Afro-Sweden Becoming Black in a Color-Blind Country Ryan Thomas Skinner 2022 Fall
A compelling examination of Sweden’s African and Black diaspora
A Voice but No Power: Organizing for Social Justice in Minneapolis A Voice but No Power Organizing for Social Justice in Minneapolis David Forrest 2022 Fall
Examining the work of social justice groups in Minneapolis following the 2008 recession
My Life in the Purple Kingdom My Life in the Purple Kingdom BrownMark 2022 Spring
From the young Black teenager who built a bass guitar in woodshop to the musician building a solo career with Motown Records—Prince’s bassist BrownMark on growing up in Minneapolis, joining Prince and The Revolution, and his life in the purple kingdom
Media and the Affective Life of Slavery Media and the Affective Life of Slavery Allison Page 2022 Spring
How media shapes our actions and feelings about race
Only a Black Athlete Can Save Us Now Only a Black Athlete Can Save Us Now 2022 Spring
A call to arms exploring the protest movements of 2020 as they reverberated through the athletic world
Black Pulp: Genre Fiction in the Shadow of Jim Crow Black Pulp Genre Fiction in the Shadow of Jim Crow Brooks E. Hefner 2021 Fall
A deep dive into mid-century African American newspapers, exploring how Black pulp fiction reassembled genre formulas in the service of racial justice
We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World We Are Meant to Rise Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World Carolyn Holbrook and David Mura, Editors 2021 Fall
A brilliant and rich gathering of voices on the American experience of this past year and beyond, from Indigenous writers and writers of color from Minnesota
Settler Colonial City: Racism and Inequity in Postwar Minneapolis Settler Colonial City Racism and Inequity in Postwar Minneapolis David Hugill 2021 Fall
Revealing the enduring link between settler colonization and the making of modern Minneapolis
An Essay for Ezra: Racial Terror in America An Essay for Ezra Racial Terror in America Grant Farred 2021 Fall
An intensely personal, and philosophical, account of why white America’s racial unconscious is not so unconscious
Sickening: Anti-Black Racism and Health Disparities in the United States Sickening Anti-Black Racism and Health Disparities in the United States Anne Pollock 2021 Fall
An event-by-event look at how institutionalized racism harms the health of African Americans in the twenty-first century
The Black Reproductive: Unfree Labor and Insurgent Motherhood The Black Reproductive Unfree Labor and Insurgent Motherhood Sara Clarke Kaplan 2021 Spring
How Black women’s reproduction became integral to white supremacy, capitalism, and heteropatriarchy—and remains key to their dismantling
Got to Be Something Here: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound Got to Be Something Here The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound Andrea Swensson 2021 Spring
The story, from start to superstardom, of the musicians who shaped the Minneapolis Sound
Fleeting Monuments for the Wall of Respect Fleeting Monuments for the Wall of Respect Romi Crawford, Editor 2021 Spring
A collaboration of artists and writers commemorates a powerful symbol for social justice and freedom on Chicago’s South Side
Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption Outsiders Within Writing on Transracial Adoption Jane Jeong Trenka, Julia Chinyere Oparah and Sun Yung Shin, Editors 2020 Fall
Confronting trauma behind the transnational adoption system—now back in print
Sweetness in the Blood: Race, Risk, and Type 2 Diabetes Sweetness in the Blood Race, Risk, and Type 2 Diabetes James Doucet-Battle 2021 Spring
A bold new indictment of the racialization of science
The Digital Black Atlantic The Digital Black Atlantic Roopika Risam and Kelly Baker Josephs, Editors 2021 Spring
Exploring the intersections of digital humanities and African diaspora studies
Hope in the Struggle: A Memoir Hope in the Struggle A Memoir Josie R. Johnson 2021 Spring
How a Black woman from Texas became one of the most well-known civil rights activists in Minnesota, detailing seven remarkable decades of fighting for fairness in voting, housing, education, and employment
The Children of Lincoln: White Paternalism and the Limits of Black Opportunity in Minnesota, 1860–1876 The Children of Lincoln White Paternalism and the Limits of Black Opportunity in Minnesota, 1860–1876 William D. Green 2021 Spring
How white advocates of emancipation abandoned African American causes in the dark days of Reconstruction, told through the stories of four Minnesotans
Breathing Race into the Machine: The Surprising Career of the Spirometer from Plantation to Genetics Breathing Race into the Machine The Surprising Career of the Spirometer from Plantation to Genetics Lundy Braun 2021 Spring
How race became embedded in a medical instrument
Black Queer Flesh: Rejecting Subjectivity in the African American Novel Black Queer Flesh Rejecting Subjectivity in the African American Novel Alvin J. Henry 2020 Fall
A groundbreaking examination of how twentieth-century African American writers use queer characters to challenge and ultimately reject subjectivity
Nellie Francis: Fighting for Racial Justice and Women’s Equality in Minnesota Nellie Francis Fighting for Racial Justice and Women’s Equality in Minnesota William D. Green 2020 Fall
The life and work of an African American suffragist and activist devoted to equality and freedom
Blackness in Morocco: Gnawa Identity through Music and Visual Culture Blackness in Morocco Gnawa Identity through Music and Visual Culture Cynthia J. Becker 2020 Fall
A groundbreaking study of Blackness in Morocco through the lens of visual representation
The Problem of the Negro as a Problem for Gender The Problem of the Negro as a Problem for Gender Marquis Bey 2020 Fall
A complex articulation of the ways blackness and nonnormative gender intersect—and a deeper understanding of how subjectivities are formed
Sounds from the Other Side: Afro–South Asian Collaborations in Black Popular Music Sounds from the Other Side Afro–South Asian Collaborations in Black Popular Music Elliott H. Powell 2020 Fall
A sixty-year history of Afro–South Asian musical collaborations
Scammer’s Yard: The Crime of Black Repair in Jamaica Scammer’s Yard The Crime of Black Repair in Jamaica Jovan Scott Lewis 2020 Fall
Tells the story of Jamaican “scammers” who use crime to gain autonomy, opportunity, and repair
Black Food Matters: Racial Justice in the Wake of Food Justice Black Food Matters Racial Justice in the Wake of Food Justice Hanna Garth and Ashanté M. Reese, Editors 2020 Fall
An in-depth look at Black food and the challenges it faces today
Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify: Essays Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify Essays Carolyn Holbrook 2020 Spring
The compassionate and redemptive story of a prominent Black woman in the Twin Cities literary community
Kill the Overseer!: The Gamification of Slave Resistance Kill the Overseer! The Gamification of Slave Resistance Sarah Juliet Lauro 2020 Fall
Explores the representation of slave revolt in video games—and the trouble with making history playable
Bring That Beat Back: How Sampling Built Hip-Hop Bring That Beat Back How Sampling Built Hip-Hop Nate Patrin 2020 Spring
How sampling remade hip-hop over forty years, from pioneering superstar Grandmaster Flash through crate-digging preservationist and innovator Madlib
Digitize and Punish: Racial Criminalization in the Digital Age Digitize and Punish Racial Criminalization in the Digital Age Brian Jefferson 2020 Spring
Tracing the rise of digital computing in policing and punishment and its harmful impact on criminalized communities of color
Degrees of Freedom: The Origins of Civil Rights in Minnesota, 1865–1912 Degrees of Freedom The Origins of Civil Rights in Minnesota, 1865–1912 William D. Green 2020 Spring
The true story, and the black citizens, behind the evolution of racial equality in Minnesota
What God Is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss by and for Native Women and Women of Color What God Is Honored Here? Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss by and for Native Women and Women of Color Shannon Gibney and Kao Kalia Yang, Editors 2019 Fall
Native women and women of color poignantly share their pain, revelations, and hope after experiencing the traumas of miscarriage and infant loss
Burgers in Blackface: Anti-Black Restaurants Then and Now Burgers in Blackface Anti-Black Restaurants Then and Now Naa Oyo A. Kwate 2019 Fall
A powerful account, and rebuke, of historical and contemporary racism in restaurant branding
Thursdays and Every Other Sunday Off: A Domestic Rap by Verta Mae Thursdays and Every Other Sunday Off A Domestic Rap by Verta Mae Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor 2018 Fall
Observations from the lives of African American domestic workers—back in print
A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None Kathryn Yusoff 2019 Spring
Rewriting the “origin stories” of the Anthropocene
The Denial of Antiblackness: Multiracial Redemption and Black Suffering The Denial of Antiblackness Multiracial Redemption and Black Suffering João H. Costa Vargas 2018 Fall
An incisive new look at the black diaspora, examining the true roots of antiblackness and its destructive effects on all of society
Black Boys Apart: Racial Uplift and Respectability in All-Male Public Schools Black Boys Apart Racial Uplift and Respectability in All-Male Public Schools Freeden Blume Oeur 2018 Fall
How neoliberalism and the politics of respectability are transforming African American manhood
The Anti-Black City: Police Terror and Black Urban Life in Brazil The Anti-Black City Police Terror and Black Urban Life in Brazil Jaime Amparo Alves 2018 Spring
An important new ethnographic study of São Paulo’s favelas reveals the widespread use of race-based police repression in Brazil
Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity Black on Both Sides A Racial History of Trans Identity C. Riley Snorton 2017 Fall
Uncovering the overlapping histories of blackness and trans identity from the nineteenth century to the present day
Stomping the Blues Stomping the Blues Albert Murray 2017 Fall
The 40th anniversary edition of a landmark study of blues and jazz by one of America’s premier essayists and novelists
Postcolonial Automobility: Car Culture in West Africa Postcolonial Automobility Car Culture in West Africa Lindsey B. Green-Simms 2017 Fall
Globalizing the car’s role in modern culture
Fats Waller Fats Waller Maurice Waller and Anthony Calabrese 2017 Fall
The exuberant life and times of a jazz giant with an unmatched zest for life and music
Who Writes for Black Children?: African American Children’s Literature before 1900 Who Writes for Black Children? African American Children’s Literature before 1900 Katharine Capshaw and Anna Mae Duane, Editors 2017 Spring
Innovative essays that challenge us to imagine African American children’s literature during the slavery and reconstruction eras
Gold Experience: Following Prince in the ’90s Gold Experience Following Prince in the ’90s Jim Walsh 2017 Spring
Rare interviews, live reviews, little known stories, and close encounters: Prince in a time of crazy brilliant music and life
The Nature of the Path: Reading a West African Road The Nature of the Path Reading a West African Road Marcus Filippello 2017 Spring
Sometimes a road is more than just a road
Good Morning Blues: The Autobiography of Count Basie Good Morning Blues The Autobiography of Count Basie Count Basie 2016 Fall
The riveting autobiography of Count Basie
Downed by Friendly Fire: Black Girls, White Girls, and Suburban Schooling Downed by Friendly Fire Black Girls, White Girls, and Suburban Schooling Signithia Fordham 2016 Fall
Rehabilitating the meaning of gender-specific violence
Living Cargo: How Black Britain Performs Its Past Living Cargo How Black Britain Performs Its Past Steven Blevins 2016 Fall
A sweeping survey of the historical turn in contemporary black British art and literature
First Strike: Educational Enclosures in Black Los Angeles First Strike Educational Enclosures in Black Los Angeles Damien M. Sojoyner 2016 Fall
Challenging perceptions of schooling and prison through the lens of America’s most populous state
Murray Talks Music: Albert Murray on Jazz and Blues Murray Talks Music Albert Murray on Jazz and Blues Albert Murray 2016 Spring
Rare and previously unpublished work from an influential critic, cultural theorist, and champion of jazz
Blood Sugar: Racial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America Blood Sugar Racial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America Anthony Ryan Hatch 2016 Spring
How contemporary biomedicine has shaped race and racism as America’s health disparities increase
Civil Racism: The 1992 Los Angeles Rebellion and the Crisis of Racial Burnout Civil Racism The 1992 Los Angeles Rebellion and the Crisis of Racial Burnout Lynn Mie Itagaki 2016 Spring
Examines how the preservation of civility comes at the expense of racial reconciliation and justice
Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction Speculative Blackness The Future of Race in Science Fiction André M. Carrington 2016 Spring
Examines race through fanzines, Star Trek, comic books, and Harry Potter
Our Gang: A Racial History of The Little Rascals Our Gang A Racial History of The Little Rascals Julia Lee 2015 Fall
Behind the scenes of The Little Rascals and the America that made them
Security in the Bubble: Navigating Crime in Urban South Africa Security in the Bubble Navigating Crime in Urban South Africa Christine Hentschel 2015 Fall
Can high-crime cities become safer by changing perceptions of space?
Bamako Sounds: The Afropolitan Ethics of Malian Music Bamako Sounds The Afropolitan Ethics of Malian Music Ryan Thomas Skinner 2015 Spring
A rich ethnography of contemporary urban life in Mali and its world-renowned yet little understood popular music culture
Biko’s Ghost: The Iconography of Black Consciousness Biko’s Ghost The Iconography of Black Consciousness Shannen L. Hill 2015 Spring
Traces the profound visual legacy of the life and politics of South African activist Stephen Biko
A Peculiar Imbalance: The Fall and Rise of Racial Equality in Minnesota, 1837–1869 A Peculiar Imbalance The Fall and Rise of Racial Equality in Minnesota, 1837–1869 William D. Green 2015 Spring
The untold story of what it meant to be a black member of early Minnesota society
The Poitier Effect: Racial Melodrama and Fantasies of Reconciliation The Poitier Effect Racial Melodrama and Fantasies of Reconciliation Sharon Willis 2015 Spring
Sidney Poitier as an icon of the civil rights era, signifying racial reconciliation without threat to the white status quo
Physics of Blackness: Beyond the Middle Passage Epistemology Physics of Blackness Beyond the Middle Passage Epistemology Michelle M. Wright 2015 Spring
Reveals how assumptions we make about time and space inhibit more inclusive definitions of Blackness
HIV Exceptionalism: Development through Disease in Sierra Leone HIV Exceptionalism Development through Disease in Sierra Leone Adia Benton 2015 Spring
Have HIV/AIDS-focused development programs ignored wider health crises in Africa?
Slaves of the State: Black Incarceration from the Chain Gang to the Penitentiary Slaves of the State Black Incarceration from the Chain Gang to the Penitentiary Dennis Childs 2015 Spring
A sweeping cultural history of U.S. prison slavery
Civil Rights Childhood: Picturing Liberation in African American Photobooks Civil Rights Childhood Picturing Liberation in African American Photobooks Katharine Capshaw 2014 Fall
The unexpected and evocative role of children’s photographic books in cultural transformation and social change
Backwater Blues: The Mississippi Flood of 1927 in the African American Imagination Backwater Blues The Mississippi Flood of 1927 in the African American Imagination Richard M. Mizelle Jr. 2014 Fall
A broad examination of the flood that, prior to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, was the most influential environmental disaster in American history
Precarious Prescriptions: Contested Histories of Race and Health in North America Precarious Prescriptions Contested Histories of Race and Health in North America Laurie B. Green, John Mckiernan-González and Martin Summers, Editors 2014 Spring
Explores the complex relations between the institutions and ideologies of health and people of color in America
Nobody Is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low Nobody Is Supposed to Know Black Sexuality on the Down Low C. Riley Snorton 2014 Spring
How the “down low” media phenomenon reinforces troubling representations of black sexuality
Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker Celebrating Bird The Triumph of Charlie Parker Gary Giddins 2013 Fall
The critically acclaimed study of jazz giant Charlie Parker—the revised and definitive edition of an American classic
Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance beyond Harlem Escape from New York The New Negro Renaissance beyond Harlem Davarian L. Baldwin and Minkah Makalani, Editors 2013 Fall
Resituating the Harlem Renaissance—and the New Negro movement—in broader global political and cultural currents
Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story Midnight at the Barrelhouse The Johnny Otis Story George Lipsitz 2013 Spring
The first biography of music legend and civil rights activist Johnny Otis
Love in Vain: A Vision of Robert Johnson Love in Vain A Vision of Robert Johnson Alan Greenberg 2012 Fall
The classic, deeply researched study and mythological telling of the life, legend, and enduring mystery of Robert Johnson
Creole Indigeneity: Between Myth and Nation in the Caribbean Creole Indigeneity Between Myth and Nation in the Caribbean Shona N. Jackson 2012 Fall
How Creoles refashioned the techniques of settler power and used the principle of labor to become the Caribbean’s new “natives”
South Africa and the Dream of Love to Come: Queer Sexuality and the Struggle for Freedom South Africa and the Dream of Love to Come Queer Sexuality and the Struggle for Freedom Brenna Munro 2012 Spring
Uncovers the story of how the politics of queer sexuality have played out in the struggle for multiracial democracy in South Africa
Out in Africa: LGBT Organizing in Namibia and South Africa Out in Africa LGBT Organizing in Namibia and South Africa Ashley Currier 2012 Fall
The first insider’s view of contemporary LGBT rights activism in Namibia and South Africa
Racial Democracy and the Black Metropolis: Housing Policy in Postwar Chicago Racial Democracy and the Black Metropolis Housing Policy in Postwar Chicago Preston H. Smith II 2012 Spring
How a black elite fighting racial discrimination reinforced class inequality in postwar America
Charisma and the Fictions of Black Leadership Charisma and the Fictions of Black Leadership Erica R. Edwards 2012 Spring
How a preoccupation with charismatic leadership in African American culture has influenced literature from World War I to the present
A Black Communist in the Freedom Struggle: The Life of Harry Haywood A Black Communist in the Freedom Struggle The Life of Harry Haywood Harry Haywood 2012 Spring
An extraordinary life story that encompasses the fight for African American freedom throughout the twentieth century
Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination Body and Soul The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination Alondra Nelson 2013 Fall
The legacy of the Black Panther Party’s commitment to community health care, a central aspect of its fight for social justice
The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalism, and the Remaking of New Orleans The Neoliberal Deluge Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalism, and the Remaking of New Orleans Cedric Johnson, Editor 2011 Fall
A critical collection on the politics of disaster and reconstruction in New Orleans
Rifftide: The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones Rifftide The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones Papa Jo Jones 2011 Fall
The life and times of Papa Jo Jones, gifted raconteur and one of the greatest drummers in the history of jazz
Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics Stare in the Darkness The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics Lester K. Spence 2011 Spring
Critiquing the true impact of hip-hop culture on politics
The Copyright Thing Doesn’t Work Here: Adinkra and Kente Cloth and Intellectual Property in Ghana The Copyright Thing Doesn’t Work Here Adinkra and Kente Cloth and Intellectual Property in Ghana Boatema Boateng 2011 Spring
The intersection of Western intellectual property law and traditional knowledge in Africa
Lusophone Africa: Beyond Independence Lusophone Africa Beyond Independence Fernando Arenas 2010 Fall
Situates the cultures of Portuguese-speaking Africa within the postcolonial global era
Who Speaks for Margaret Garner? Who Speaks for Margaret Garner? Mark Reinhardt 2010 Fall
A fascinating documentary history of the fugitive slave case that captivated the nation—and inspired Toni Morrison’s acclaimed novel Beloved.
A Black Soldier’s Story: The Narrative of Ricardo Batrell and the Cuban War of Independence A Black Soldier’s Story The Narrative of Ricardo Batrell and the Cuban War of Independence Ricardo Batrell 2010 Fall
The autobiographical account of an Afro-Cuban soldier who fought in the Cuban War of Independence—available in English for the first time
Into the Interior Into the Interior Michelle Cliff 2010 Spring
In her previous novels, Michelle Cliff explored potent themes of colonialism, race, myth, and identity with rare intelligence, lyrical intensity, and a profound sense of both history and place. Into the Interior is her most intimate, courageous work of fiction yet, a searing and ultimately moving reflection on the legacy of empire and the restless search for a feeling of belonging.
Black and Indigenous: Garifuna Activism and Consumer Culture in Honduras Black and Indigenous Garifuna Activism and Consumer Culture in Honduras Mark Anderson 2009 Fall
Reveals that indigeneity can be a way of being more than a matter of blood
To Smile in Autumn: A Memoir To Smile in Autumn A Memoir Gordon Parks 2009 Fall
“Gordon Parks was like the Jackie Robinson of film.” —Donald Faulkner, Director, New York State Writers Institute
Everything Is Now: New and Collected Stories Everything Is Now New and Collected Stories Michelle Cliff 2009 Spring
A tour de force of short fiction from an acclaimed author
Listen to the Lambs Listen to the Lambs Johnny Otis 2009 Spring
A rediscovered landmark in African American political and popular history
To Be, or Not . . . to Bop To Be, or Not . . . to Bop Dizzy Gillespie and Al Fraser 2009 Spring
Innovative memoir of jazz genius Dizzy Gillespie tells the story of black American music during one of its greatest periods
If I Could Write This in Fire If I Could Write This in Fire Michelle Cliff 2008 Fall
A deeply personal meditation on history and memory, place and displacement by a major writer
Jim Crow Nostalgia: Reconstructing Race in Bronzeville Jim Crow Nostalgia Reconstructing Race in Bronzeville Michelle R. Boyd 2008 Spring
An incisive analysis of racial identity in urban politics
Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the Making of African American Politics Revolutionaries to Race Leaders Black Power and the Making of African American Politics Cedric Johnson 2007 Fall
What happened to the revolutionary goals of the Black Power movement?
The Aesthetics of Equity: Notes on Race, Space, Architecture, and Music The Aesthetics of Equity Notes on Race, Space, Architecture, and Music Craig L. Wilkins 2007 Spring
A provocative examination of how and why African Americans have been excluded from the study and practice of architecture.
Private Lives, Proper Relations: Regulating Black Intimacy Private Lives, Proper Relations Regulating Black Intimacy Candice M. Jenkins 2007 Spring
Respectability, intimacy, and sexuality in African American women’s narratives
Words to Our Now: Imagination and Dissent Words to Our Now Imagination and Dissent Thomas Glave 2007 Spring
An intensely personal and political confrontation with prejudice, hatred, and violence
Catching Hell in the City of Angels: Life and Meanings of Blackness in South Central Los Angeles Catching Hell in the City of Angels Life and Meanings of Blackness in South Central Los Angeles João Costa Vargas 2006 Spring
A gripping account of South Central Los Angeles from the inside
Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle Demonic Grounds Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle Katherine McKittrick 2006 Spring
Explores how black women’s geographies are meaningful sites of political opposition
Black Hunger: Soul Food and America Black Hunger Soul Food and America Doris Witt 2004 Fall
Explores the complex relationship between food and African American history
The Motion of Light in Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village The Motion of Light in Water Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village Samuel R. Delany 2004 Spring
The unexpurgated edition of the award-winning autobiography
In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition In the Break The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition Fred Moten 2003 Spring
Investigates the connections between jazz, sexual identity, and radical black politics
Ghosts of Slavery: A Literary Archaeology of Black Women’s Lives Ghosts of Slavery A Literary Archaeology of Black Women’s Lives Jenny Sharpe 2002 Fall
Questions traditional assumptions about power and agency in slave women’s everyday lives.
The Adrienne Kennedy Reader The Adrienne Kennedy Reader Adrienne Kennedy 2001 Fall
An essential collection of works by one of our greatest living playwrights.
Fighting Words: Black Women and the Search for Justice Fighting Words Black Women and the Search for Justice Patricia Hill Collins 1998 Fall
Explores what African American women and other historically oppressed groups can teach us about social justice.
The Invention of Women: Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses The Invention of Women Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses Oyeronke Oyewumi 1997 Fall
Considers the meaning of gender in an African context.
Intersecting Boundaries: The Theatre of Adrienne Kennedy Intersecting Boundaries The Theatre of Adrienne Kennedy Paul K. Bryant-Jackson and Lois More Overbeck, Editors 1992 Spring
This collage of essays and interviews illuminates the complexity and richness of Adrienne Kennedy’s innovative dramas.