AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE
Books for Adults
by Abernathy, Donzaleigh.
The daughter of Ralph David Abernathy, Rev. King's friend and co-worker, remembers the evolution of the modern civil rights movement.
by Anderson, H. C.
Presents the rediscovered photographs of Henry Clay Anderson (1911- 1998), a truly prolific professional photographer who worked in Greenville, Mississippi at the beginning of the Civil Rights movement, chronicling the daily lives of a proud, dignified community of middle-class Blacks.
by Banks, William
Selections of the best essays, short stories, and novel excerpts, showcasing that American Mecca, Harlem.
by Barkley, Charles
Citing the obstacles to harmonious race relations in the United States, an analysis of the nation´s growing racial segregation describes the author´s experiences of talking about race with interviewees ranging from students to KKK members.
by Bogle, Donald
Gossip and great stories of the lives of the Black Hollywood stars - from 1915, through the 60´s
by Cliff, Michelle
In 1858, two black women meet at a restaurant and begin to plot a revolution. Mary Ellen Pleasant owns a string of hotels in San Francisco that secretly double as havens for runaway slaves. Her comrade, Annie, is a young Jamaican who has given up her life of privilege to fight for the abolitionist cause. Together they join John Brown´s doomed enterprise and barely escape with their lives.
by DeRamus, Betty
Based on newspaper stories, oral histories, slave narratives, etc., DeRamus tells the stories of couples who risked everything to be together.
by Dickey, Eric Jerome.
Driver's been in prison, and now has a job as a chauffeur. Soon he's caught between three women - one who wants him, one who loves him, and one who just can't stand him.
by Dyson, Michael Eric
Bill Cosby went on a rant about what´s wrong with Black Culture. Dyson confronts his arguments, and challenges the "Afristocracy".
by Ellison, Ralph
In Washington D.C., in the 1950´s, Senator Sunraider is mortally wounded by an assassin´s bullet. From his deathbead, he calls out for Hickman, an old black minister. Out of their conversation and memories born in silence, a story emerges.
by Ely, Melvin Patrick
Princeton history professor Melvin Patrick Ely chronicles a moving story of hope and hardship, pride and achievement, among free blacks in antebellum Virginia.
by Evers, Medgar Wiley
Evers was NAACP's first field secretary in Mississippi. He was assassinated by white supremecists in 1963. This collection of his papers, letters and essays shows his true heroism.
by Files, Lolita.
An extraordinary tale of one family's struggle to cope with the shame and violence that have riddled their lives.
by Gavin, James R
Dr. Gavin discusses health topics of particular concern to African Americans and suggests an intergenerational, family-centered approach to breaking the alarming cycle of lifestyle-caused diseases--such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes--which are now striking children.
by Griffin, John Howard
In the 1950s, a white journalist used medication to darken his skin. He then lived the life of an unemployed black man in the segregated south.
by Hill, Ernest,
Tyrone Stokes was imprisoned for shooting a man in a convenience store. His wife, Pauline, saw her chance to end their marriage and raise their son, Marcus, on her own. Now Tyrone has returned to Brownsville, Louisiana, to discover that Marcus needs help. Marcus has been convicted of the rape and murder of a young white girl.
by Hopkins, Evans D
Evans was one of the eleven students who integrated a Danville Virginia high school. He relates the story of his transformation to a member of the Black Panther party, and his "hard time" in the Virginia prison system.
by Hurston, Zora Neale
The story of Janie Crawford, her three husbands, her friends and neighbors, in the black community of Eaton, Florida.
by Jackson, Brenda
Every family has its secrets, some are just too hard to tell--but too hot to keep... It's been fifteen years since the Bennetts were all in one place at one time. Now at a total blowout of a reunion, three generations gather to remember old memories and re-establish deep roots. But hidden desires and long-kept secrets will challenge their bond, test their courage, and change their hearts forever.
by Joe, Yolanda.
Sandy is a twentysomething executive on the fast track. T.J. is the object of her affection. Bebe is Sandy's confidante, a bank supervisor. Speed is T.J.'s father. Together these four weave a funny, touching, and vivid tale of coping with the ups and downs of everyday life in Chicago that readers won't soon forget.
by Kelley, Norman
Kelley argues that Al Sharpton´s entrance into the 2004 Democratic presidential race is evidence of a decaying black political culture where ego trumps politics.
by Kendrick, Stephen
In 1848, five year old Sarah Roberts had to walk past five whites-only schools, to reach her school. Sarah´s family sued the city - a case which eventually resulted in the "separate but equal" principle. Includes a timeline of African-American activism.
by Latty, Yvonne.
The Greatest Generation meets American Patriots in this beautifully illustrated oral history of ordinary heroes in our midst--the often unrecognized African American war veterans who enlisted have fought in every war from World War II to the Gulf War.
by Maggin, Donald L.
Dizzy Gillespie was one of the creators of the Bebop and Afro-Cuban jazz revolutions. This book chronicles his life, from birth in the lowest social level, to his musical, personal and professional triumphs.
by Major, Marcus.
Millionaire John Sebastian has everything but love. When he bumps into an old girlfriend, they rekindle their love, and face the issues the separated them in the first place.
by Mallette, Gloria
After their son is murdered, Nola and Ron must motivate the police to solve his murder, and battle his drug addicted ex-wife for custody of his only child.
by Marberry, Craig.
An unforgettable collection of narratives, quotes, and photographs from the most sacred of spaces--the black barber shops--and reveals the camaraderie, comic turns, and sharp-tongued commentary of barbers and their customers.
by McMillan, Terry
Four strong, independent women - their friendship, their lives, and their hunt for "Mr. Right."
by Mitchell, Sharon
A novel about love and friendship and the powerful ties that hold women and men together.
by Monroe, Mary.
Trudy is a low-income woman of color. She's got high ambitions, but more than her share of troubles. Stealing someone’s credit cards may seem like an easy way out, but it leads to more troubles than she can foresee!
by Obama, Barack.
The son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. Obama’s father has been killed in a car accident. This inspires an odyssey. First to a small town in Kansas, where he retraces the migration of his mother's family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family and confronts the bitter truth of his father's life.
by Roby, Kimberla Lawson.
It was love-to-hate at first sight when Kimberla Lawson Roby's readers met Reverend Curtis Black--surely one of the cleverest ne'er-do-wells ever to set foot in a church. In this new tale, Curtis is starting over. He has a new job, a new wife (again), and a newfound will to follow the straight and narrow path of righteousness.
by Shange, Ntozake.
Words and images come together to portray the beauty of contemporary African-American culture in this inspiring venture from celebrated poet Ntozake Shange and an acclaimed group of photographers.
by Sluby, Patricia Carter
Discover the range of African American inventiveness with this collection of patents that have been filed since the start of the US Patent Office.
by Souljah, Sister
Sister Souljah's debut novel about the daughter of a drug lord captures the allure and the danger of Brooklyn's streets.
by Tyree, Omar
Another offering in the Flyy Girl series, Tracy's young cousin becomes her assistant and power-broker. Vanessa crafts a successful and exciting life.
by Vinson, Ben.
Virgil Richardson was a co-founder of Harlem´s American Negro Theater and radio personality in 1930s, a World War II pilot, and an expatriate through much of the last fifty years.
by Washington-Williams, Essie Mae
The illegitimate daughter of Strom Thurmond and one of his family's black maids reveals her complicated yet devoted relationship with a father who epitomized the Old Southern resistance to racial equality.
by Weber, Carl.
Three short stories about life, money, greed, and conscience.