New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

April 19, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Brown : poems

April 18, 2018
Young, Kevin, 1970- author.
vii, 161 pages ; 24 cm
Divided into "Home Recordings" and "Field Recordings," Brown speaks to the way personal experience is shaped by culture, while culture is forever affected by the personal, recalling a black, Kansas boyhood to comment on our times."--Provided by publisher.

The desegregation of public libraries in the Jim Crow South : civil rights and local activism

April 18, 2018
Wiegand, Wayne A., 1946- author.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, [2018]
xii, 266 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Jim Crow public libraries before 1954 -- Rumbles of discontent before 1960 -- Memphis, Tennessee, and Greenville, South Carolina -- Petersburg and Danville, Virginia -- Alabama -- Georgia -- Mississippi -- Black youth in rural Louisiana -- The American Library Association -- Appendix: selected list of public library protesters.

The Philadelphia Negro : a social study

April 18, 2018
Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963, author.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [1996]
xxxvi, 520 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Originally published: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 1899.
Introduction to the 1996 edition / Elijah Anderson -- The scope of this study -- The problem -- The Negro in Philadelphia, 1638-1820 -- The Negro in Philadelphia, 1820-1896 -- The size, age and sex of the Negro population -- Conjugal condition -- Sources of the Negro population -- Education and illiteracy -- The occupation of Negroes -- The health of Negroes -- The Negro family -- The organized life of Negroes -- The Negro criminal -- Pauperism and alcoholism -- The environment of the Negro -- The contact of the races -- Negro suffrage -- A final word -- Special report on Negro domestic service in the Seventh Ward / [Isabel Eaton].
In 1897, a young sociologist who was already marked as a scholar of the highest promise submitted to the American Association of Political and Social Sciences a "plan for the study of the Negro problem." The product of that plan was the first great empirical book on the Negro in American society. William Edward Burghardt DuBois (1868-1963), Ph. D. from Harvard (class of 1890), was given a temporary post as Assistant in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania in order to conduct in-depth studies on the Negro community in Philadelphia. The provost of the university was interested and sympathetic, but DuBois knew early on that white interest and sympathy were far from enough. He knew that scholarship was itself a great weapon in the Negro's struggle for a decent life. The Philadelphia Negro was originally published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 1899. One of the first works to combine the use of urban ethnography, social history, and descriptive statistics, it has become a classic work in the social science literature. Both the issues the book raises and the evolution of DuBois's own thinking about the problems of black integration into American society sound strikingly contemporary. Among the intriguing aspects of The Philadelphia Negro are what it says about the author, about race in urban America and about social science at the time, but even more important is the fact that many of DuBois's observations can be made - in fact are being made - by investigators today. In his introduction to this edition, Elijah Anderson traces DuBois's life before his move to Philadelphia. He then examines how the neighborhood studied by DuBois has changed over the years, and he compares the status of blacks today with their status when the book was initially published.

Eisenhower vs. Warren : the battle for civil rights and liberties

April 17, 2018
Simon, James F., author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2018]
xvii, 427 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

Black comix returns

April 13, 2018
Jennings, John, 1970-
[St. Louis, Missouri] : Lion Forge, [2018]
197 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 31 x 31 cm
The Magnetic collection.
In 2010, Professor John Jennings and Dr. Damian Duffy compiled and published a 176-page collection of art and essays celebrating the vibrant African American independent comics community While huge strides in diversity have been made, John and Damian felt the time was right for another spotlight on the topic. Rather than simply reprinting the first edition, considering the number of fresh new voices and changes in the industry, a whole new volume felt necessary. This massive volume will be a brand-new milestone spotlight on the amazing diversity in comics today.

Hang time : my life in basketball

April 12, 2018
Baylor, Elgin, author.
326 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Green Wave -- Rabbit -- Legend -- Coyote -- Chieftain -- Laker -- Hollywood (Act I) -- Medic -- Hollywood (Act II) -- Finally.
"Elgin Baylor's memoir of an epic all-star career in the NBA--during which he transformed basketball from a horizontal game to a vertical one--and his fights against racism during his career as a player and as general manager of the LA Clippers under the infamous Donald Sterling. People think of Elgin Baylor as one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the game--and one of the NBA's first black superstars--but the full extent of his legacy stretches beyond his spectacular, game-changing jump shots and dunks. With startling symmetry, Baylor recounts his story: flying back and forth between the U.S. Army and the Lakers, his time as a central figure in the great Celtics-Lakers rivalry and how he helped break down color barriers in the sport, his 1964 All-Star game boycott, his early years as an executive for the New Orleans Jazz, and twenty-two years as general manager for the notorious L.A. Clippers and Donald Sterling, spent fighting to draft and sign young, black phenoms--only to be hamstrung by his boss at every turn. No one has seen the league change, and has worked to bring change, more than Baylor. Year after year, he continued to fight and persevere against racism. At the beginning of his career, he was forced to stay in separate hotel rooms. From those days to today's superstardom, he has had a front-row view of the game's elevation to one of America's favorite sports. For the first time, Elgin Baylor tells his full story. He's played with the legends, lived with them, and knows more about the NBA than anyone living, and is finally ready to set the record straight"-- Provided by publisher.

Things that make white people uncomfortable

April 12, 2018
Bennett, Michael, 1985- author.
xxxviii, 220 pages : 1 illustration ; 23 cm
Foreword / by Martellus Bennett -- Preface: The sit-down/on fear -- Roots -- The NCAA will give you PTSD -- NFL reality -- Soap opera for men -- Brotherhood -- Without food, your ass is going to die -- "N---er" -- Time out : a moment of silence -- Black lives matter -- Intersectionality also matters -- Our daughters and the power of women -- Athletes for impact -- You have to forgive to grow -- Afterword: Get comfortable.

Spare the kids : why whupping children won't save Black America

April 12, 2018
Patton, Stacey, author.
Boston : Beacon Press, [2017]
238 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
A family conversation -- "A love whupping:" reflections on the Adrian Peterson -- And "Baltimore mom" controversies -- Extending the master's lash: the historical roots of Whupping children in black communities -- Would Jesus whup a child? Black clergy on what sparing the rod really means -- "You always were a black queen, mama:" how black boys who are whupped by their mothers grow up to mistreat other black women -- "Talk to the wood or go to the 'hood:" the campaign to end paddling in Southern schools -- "I'll bust you in the head 'til the white meat shows!" Why black comedians joke about whuppings -- "Don't be a fast girl:" how hitting your daughter can trigger early puberty -- The parent-to-prison-pipeline: how Wisconsin's first Black district attorney connected hitting children to criminal justice outcomes -- Sparing the rod: testimonies of black parents who stopped hitting, or never whupped.
"Spare the Kids examines the cultural tradition of corporal punishment in Black homes and its connections to racial violence in America. The impact on child rearing among so many black families of Stacey Patton's Spare the Kids may well prove as powerfully corrective as Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin was upon the acceptance of chattel slavery. David Levering Lewis, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for biographies on W.E.B. Du Bois"--NoveList.

Black girl baking : wholesome recipes inspired by a soulful upbringing

April 12, 2018
Guy, Jerrelle, 1990- author.
Salem, MA : Page Street Publishing, 2018.
207 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Introduction: Why I bake -- Sight: shapes, colors and patterns -- Aroma: scents and cinnamon -- Sound: snap, crunch and music -- Touch: textures and mouthfeel -- Taste: spice, heat and flavor -- Baking basics.
Growing up sensitive and slightly awkward in a race-conscious space, Guy decided early on that good food is the most powerful way to connect, understand, and heal. She leaders readers on a sensual baking journey, using the fives senses, as she retells food memories with ingredients that involve whole flours, less refined sugar, and vegan alternatives.

For everyone

April 11, 2018
Reynolds, Jason, author.
New York, NY : Atheneum, [2018]
101 pages ; 22 cm
"A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book".
"An inspirational letter written to the dreamers of the world"-- Provided by publisher.

Escape from Black Bottom : an anthology of writings, reminiscences and reflections

April 11, 2018
Morris, Major, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Blurb, 2016.
217 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Created by Laurie Brindle using the Blurb creative publishing service.
During his long life of 95 years, Major Morris was a photographer, a World War II veteran, a college professor, a Harvard University graduate and a champion of minority rights. He was also a man who grew up in desperate poverty in Cincinnati's all-black ghetto, dropped out of high school at 15 and endured great prejudice in the Army's segregated "buffalo soldiers" unit. Those extreme contrasts shaped his life and character. This is a book of his life story, collected writings, and photographs with his wife, Anne-Grethe.

Air traffic : a memoir of ambition and manhood in America

April 10, 2018
Pardlo, Gregory, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
x, 253 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
"The Pardlos were an average, middle-class African American family living in a New Jersey Levittown: charismatic Gregory Sr., an air traffic controller, his wife, and their two sons, bookish Greg Jr. and musical-talent Robbie. But when "Big Greg" loses his job after participating in the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Strike of 1981, he becomes a disillusioned, toxic, looming presence in the household--and a powerful rival for young Greg. He grapples with the irresistible yet ruinous legacy of masculinity he inherited from his father. In chronicling his path to adulthood--Gregory Pardlo gives us a compassionate, loving ode to his father, to fatherhood, and to the frustrating-yet-redemptive ties of family, as well as a scrupulous, searing examination of how African American manhood is shaped by contemporary American life"--Provided by publisher.

Green County, Kentucky Black marriages. Book 2, 1875-1885

April 9, 2018
Houk, Martha T.
copyright 2016
76 pages ; 28 cm
Includes index.
Cover title.
Black marriages, book 2, 1875-1885 -- Black marriages, book 1, 1867-1875 (bonds only) -- Index of brides.

Black marriages Green County, Kentucky 1866-1907

April 9, 2018
Scott, Carolyn.
Greensburg, Ky. (P.O. Box 273, Greensburg [42743]) : Green County Genealogical Society, ©2011.
93 pages ; 28 cm
Includes index.

Frederick Douglass : America's prophet

April 9, 2018
Dilbeck, D. H., author.
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2018]
191 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
A voice crying in the wilderness of Christian slaveholding America -- The seeking slave, 1818-1838 -- God and slavery on the Eastern Shore -- Religious awakenings in Baltimore -- From the valley of shadows to freedom -- The zealous orator, 1839-1852 -- The young abolitionist orator -- Bearing witness in Great Britain -- An antislavery constitution and a righteous violence -- The hopeful prophet, 1853-1895 -- The crisis of the union -- Reconstruction battles over racial and gender equality -- At the dark dawn of Jim Crow -- Unraveling the mysteries of God's providence and progress -- Frederick Douglass is not dead!
"From his enslavement to freedom, Frederick Douglass was one of America's most extraordinary champions of liberty and equality. Throughout his long life, Douglass was also a man of profound religious conviction. In this concise and original biography, D. H. Dilbeck offers a provocative interpretation of Douglass's life through the lens of his faith. In an era when the role of religion in public life is as contentious as ever, Dilbeck provides essential new perspective on Douglass's place in American history. Douglass came to faith as a teenager among African American Methodists in Baltimore. For the rest of his life, he adhered to a distinctly prophetic Christianity. Imitating the ancient Hebrew prophets and Jesus Christ, Douglass boldly condemned evil and oppression, especially when committed by the powerful. Dilbeck shows how Douglass's prophetic Christianity provided purpose and unity to his wide-ranging work as an author, editor, orator, and reformer. As "America's Prophet," Douglass exposed his nation's moral failures and hypocrisies in the hopes of creating a more just society. He admonished his fellow Americans to truly abide by the political and religious ideals they professed to hold most dear. Two hundred years after his birth, Douglass's prophetic voice remains as timely as ever."--Publisher's description

The daily motivation for the young black male

April 6, 2018
Talib, Asad, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2017]
27 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
"The purpose of the DMYBN is to transform misunderstanding into understanding; and to reach young black men in their comfort zone to properly bring forth simple but powerful messages"--Cover.
This book is a series of small motivational poems that cover many topics that young black males face daily, good and bad. These poems are food for the thought, water to the soul, and are recommended to be recited out loud before and at the finish of a day.

False black power?

April 5, 2018
Riley, Jason (Jason L.), author.
122 pages ; 18 cm.
"Black civil rights leaders have long supported ethnic identity politics and prioritized the integration of political institutions, and seldom has that strategy been questioned. In False Black Power?, Jason L. Riley takes an honest, factual look at why increased black political power has not paid off in the ways that civil rights leadership has promised. Recent decades have witnessed a proliferation of black elected officials, culminating in the historic presidency of Barack Obama. However, racial gaps in employment, income, homeownership, academic achievement, and other measures not only continue but in some cases have even widened. While other racial and ethnic groups in America have made economic advancement a priority, the focus on political capital for blacks has been a disadvantage, blocking them from the fiscal capital that helped power upward mobility among other groups. Riley explains why the political strategy of civil rights leaders has left so many blacks behind. The key to black economic advancement today is overcoming cultural handicaps, not attaining more political power. The book closes with thoughtful responses from key thought leaders Glenn Loury and John McWhorter."

The souls of black folk : with "The talented tenth" and "The souls of white folk"

April 3, 2018
Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963, author.
New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2018]
xxii, 266 pages : music ; 20 cm
"150th anniversary W.E.B Du Bois 1868-2018"--Cover.
"Du Bois' 1903 collection of essays is a thoughtful, articulate exploration of the moral and intellectual issues surrounding the perception of blacks within American society."--Provided by publisher.


April 3, 2018
Price, Lloyd.
Beverly Hills, CA : Cool Titles, 2015.
xvi, 205 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm

Before abolition : African-Americans in early Clark County, Kentucky

April 3, 2018
Comstock, Lyndon.
Lexington, Ky. : Lyndon Comstock, 2017.
811 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

Borrowed identity : 128th United States Colored Troops : multiple-name usage by Black Civil War veterans who served with Union regiments organized in South Carolina

April 3, 2018
Gourdin, J. Raymond (John Raymond), 1946-
Westminster, MD : Heritage Books, ©2009.
xiv, 272 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

Admission record, Indianapolis Asylum for Friendless Colored Children, 1871-1900

April 3, 2018
Spears, Jean E.
Indianapolis : Family History and Genealogy Section, Indiana Historical Society, 1978.
[4], 159, [5] pages ; 28 cm
Includes index.

Black authors & published writers directory.

March 30, 2018
Rochester Hills, Mich. : Grace Co.
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
At head of title: <2005-2017> Black literary marketplace.

Redemption : Martin Luther King Jr.'s last 31 hours

March 29, 2018
Rosenbloom, Joseph, 1944- author.
x, 204 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Atlanta departure -- Detour -- The strike -- Airport arrival -- The invitation -- The Mayor -- Lorraine check-in -- Damage control -- The injunction -- Invaders -- Nine-to-five security -- Reluctant speaker -- The stalker -- Summoning Dr. King -- From the mountaintop -- Long night -- Home pressures -- Invaders' exit -- Melancholy afternoon -- Ray's lucky breaks -- Dark night -- Redemption.
Chronicles the last 31 hours of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life as he seeks to revive the non-violent civil rights movement and push to end poverty in America.

Separate and unequal : the Kerner Commission and the unraveling of American liberalism

March 28, 2018
Gillon, Steven M., author.
xvi, 374 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"It looks like Berlin in 1945" -- "What do they want?" -- "Let your search be free" -- "I'll take out my pocketknife and cut your peter off" -- "I think we should avoid overstatement" -- "A straitjacket of facts" -- "White racism" -- "Can you really say this in a government report?" -- "That's good and tell him I appreciate that" -- "Lindsay has taken effective control of the Commission" -- "Two societies" -- "I'd be a hypocrite" -- "The most courageous government report in the last decade" -- "The 60s and 70s seem to have left us exhausted"
"The definitive history of the Kerner Commission, whose report on urban unrest reshaped American debates about race and inequality In Separate and Unequal, historian Steven M. Gillon offers a revelatory new history of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders--popularly known as the Kerner Commission. Convened by President Lyndon Johnson after riots in Newark and Detroit left dozens dead and thousands injured, the commission issued a report in 1968 that attributed the unrest to "white racism" and called for aggressive new programs to end discrimination and poverty. "Our nation is moving toward two societies," it warned, "one black, and one white--separate and unequal." Johnson refused to accept the Kerner Report, and as his political coalition unraveled, its proposals went nowhere. For the right, the report became a symbol of liberal excess, and for the left, one of opportunities lost. Separate and Unequal is essential for anyone seeking to understand the fraught politics of race in America"-- Provided by publisher.


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