Boston Public Library
Black Is... 2004: Contemporary Issues & Opinions
Booklists for Adults

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Another Day at the Front: Dispatches from the Race War
by Ishmael Reed
A collection of essays addressing racial attitudes in American society.
E184.A1 R426 2003

Authentically Black: Essays for the Black Silent Majority
by John McWhorter
New directions for racial equality.
E185.615.M354 2003

Black & White & Red All Over: The Story of a Friendship
by Martha McNeil Hamilton and Warren Brown
Two Washington Post journalists and an interracial kidney transplant: a success story about integration.
E184.A1 H216 2002

Black Fathers: A Call for Healing
by Kristin Clark Taylor
The importance of reenergizing African American fatherhood.
HQ756.T39 2003

Erasing Racism: The Survival of the American Nation
by Molefi Kete Asante
Examines the status of racism from two different perspectives, white and black, and offers solutions to this social problem.
E185.615.A8 2003

Everything but the Burden: What White People are Taking from Black Culture
edited by Greg Tate
Music, fashion, sports, literature, and politics.
E185.615.E86 2003

Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women’s Equality in African American Communities
by Johnnetta Betsch Cole and Beverly Guy-Sheftall
A critique of gender relations between black men and women.
E185.86.C58154 2003

The Great Wells of Democracy: The Meaning of Race in American Life
by Manning Marable
A discussion of racial politics proposing an inclusive democracy.
E185.615.M283 2002

Having It All?: Black Women and Success
by Veronica Chambers
A portrait of women with their own ideas of success.
HD6057.5.U5 C47 2003

Heroes without a Country: America’s Betrayal of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens
by Donald McRae
The ascents of two American sports legends came at considerable cost to both.
GV583.M7 2003

Inner Lives: Voices of African American Women in Prison
by Paula C. Johnson
Compelling narratives, along with recommendations for reform in the criminal justice system.
HV9468.J65 2003

In Praise of Our Teachers: A Multicultural Tribute to Those Who Inspired Us
edited by Gloria Wade Gayles
Contributors include James Earl Jones, Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou.
LB1033.I49 2003

Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption
by Randall Kennedy
An examination of the historical, sociological, legal, and moral implications of interracial relationships.
KF511.K46 2003

Morning by Morning: How We Home-Schooled our African-American Sons to the Ivy League
by Paula Penn-Nabrit
LC40.P45 2003

The New H.N.I.C.: The Death of Civil Rights and the Reign of Hip Hop
by Todd Boyd
Hip hop, as a social and cultural movement, has displaced the ideas of the Civil Rights era.
E185.86.B649 2002

Race and Resistance: African Americans in the 21st Century
edited by Herb Boyd
Reflections on the state of Black America today, with strategies for achieving equality. Contributors include Manning Marable, Angela Davis and Ron Daniels.
E185.615.R21215 2002

Rock My Soul: Black People and Self-Esteem
by bell hooks
The impact of low self-esteem on the African American community.
E185.625.H66 2003x

Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America
by Charisse Jones and Kumea Shorter-Gooden
An analysis of the experiences of African American women today and the pressure to compromise.
E185.625.J657 2003

Should America Pay?: Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations
edited by Raymond A. Winbush
Contributors of pro and con essays include John Conyers Jr., Christopher Hitchens, and John McWhorter.
E185.89.R45 S56 2003

Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston
by Howard Bryant
Could racism be the reason the Red Sox have gone so long without winning the World Series?
GV875.B62 B79 2002

Souls of My Brothers: Black Men Break their Silence, Tell their Truths,
and Heal our Spirits

edited by Dawn Marie Daniels and Candace Sandy
A collection of first-person narratives on the role of black men. Contributors include Mel Jackson, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and Busta Rhymes.
E185.86.D356 2003

Streets of Glory: Church and Community in a Black Urban Neighborhood
by Omar M. McRoberts
How churches work in urban areas – a study of the Four Corners area of Dorchester.
BR563.N4 M38 2003

What Next: A Memoir toward World Peace
by Walter Mosley
The struggle for global equality is a natural role for African Americans.
E895.M67 2003

Why I Love Black Women
by Michael Eric Dyson
A celebration of “perseverance, pride, sensuality, and sophistication …”
E185.86.D9 2003