Boston Public Library
Black Is... 2003: Contemporary Issues & Opinions
Booklists for Adults

*Recommended for Teens

Achievement Matters: Getting Your Child the Best Education Possible
by Hugh B. Price.
A helpful resource for parents and caregivers by the president of the National Urban League.
LC2717 .P7 2002

American Skin: Pop Culture, Big Business, and the End of White America
by Leon E. Wynter.
The transformation of American identity, driven by the commercial marketplace.
E184.A1 W96 2002

The Anatomy of Racial Inequality
by Glenn C. Loury.
A study of racial stigma as a cause of social exclusion and economic disadvantage among black Americans.
E185.615 .L675 2002

*Bad Boy: The Influence of Sean "Puffy" Combs on the Music Industry
by Ronin Ro.
An account of friendship, greed, and betrayal.
ML420 .P9785 R6 2001

Bill Clinton and Black America
by DeWayne Wickham.
Professionals, politicians, and intellectuals explore the impact of Clinton's presidency on African-Americans. Contributors include Johnnie Cochran, Alvin Poussaint and Kweisi Mfume.
E886.2 .W53 2002

A Death in Texas: A Story of Race, Murder, and a Small Town's Struggle for Redemption
by Dina Temple-Raston.
An account of the brutal 1998 murder of James Byrd Jr., the prosecution of his killers, and the social and political aftermath for Jasper, Texas.
HV6534 .J363 T45 2002

*The Envy of the World: On Being A Black Man in America
by Ellis Cose.
Examines the state of black men at the start of the 21st century.
E185.86 .C58829 2002

"I'm Not a Racist, But …" The Moral Quandary of Race
by Lawrence Blum.
One man's analysis.
HT1523 .B58 2002

LAbyrinth: A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., the Implication of Death Row Records' Suge Knight, and the Origins of the Los Angeles Police Scandal
by Randall Sullivan.
HV6534 .L7 S848 2002

The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell
by Oren Harari.
The wisdom and foundation of Powell's leadership style revealed.
HD57.7 .H365 2002

Legal Lynching: The Death Penalty and America's Future
by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., Representative Jesse L. Jackson Jr., and Bruce Shapiro.
The history, myths and realities of state-sponsored executions are explored.
HV8699 .U5 J35 2001

The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy
by Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres.
A new perspective on race and social change.
E184 .A1 G94 2002

The New Urban Leaders
by Joyce A. Ladner.
An innovative group of community activists are determined to improve opportunities for the poor.
HT175 .L33 2001

*Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word
by Randall Kennedy.
E185.625 .K46 2002

Not Guilty: Twelve Black Men Speak Out on the Law, Justice and Life
edited by Jabari Asim.
Essayists include E. Lynn Harris, Fred McKissack Jr. and Mark Anthony Neal.
HV9950 .N67 2001

*The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream
by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt.
An inspirational story of a supportive friendship leading to successful medical careers.
R695 .D38 2002

Profiles in Injustice: Why Racial Profiling Cannot Work
by David A. Harris.
An analysis of its history, uses, and failure as a law enforcement practice.
HV8141 .H298 2002

The Reckoning: What Blacks Owe to Each Other
by Randall Robinson.
The best-selling author of The Debt rallies financially secure black Americans to help those who are less fortunate.
E185.86 .R73 2002

Talking at Trena's: Everyday Conversations at an African American Tavern
by Reuben A. Buford May.
A cultural study of middle-class African Americans in the relaxed setting of a Chicago tavern.
E185.625 .M35 2001

This selected list was compiled by:

Betsy Clarke , Codman Square Branch

Marylou Coveney, Dudley Branch

Denise DeBoer, Fields Corner Branch

Jacqueline Hogan, CLSO

Kathy Kire, Chairperson Teen Services

Sarah Markell , Allston Branch

Margaret Phillibert, Circulation Services

Richard Wintergreen, Adams Street Branch