Boston Public Library
Black Is... 2004: Personalities
Booklists for Adults

*Suitable for Teens

*A.L.T. A Memoir
by Andre Leon Talley
A 6’7” African-American man from Durham, North Carolina with a masters degree in French literature became an international fashion critic and editor of Vogue.
TT505 .T29 A3 2003

Always Wear Joy: My Mother Bold and Beautiful
by Susan Fales-Hill
A daughter’s tribute to diva Josephine Premice, a singer, dancer and actress, whose joie de vivre emerges vibrantly.
F128.9 .A1 F35

*Bob Marley, My Son
by Cedella Marley Booker with Anthony C. Winkler
Focusing on Marley the person rather than the musician, his mother chronicles his life through hers – including her marriage to a much older white man, Captain Marley, and its influence on Bob’s embrace of Rastafarianism.
ML420 .M3313 B65 2003

*Condi: The Condoleezza Rice Story
by Antonia Felix
She was groomed for success from the age of three.
UA23.15 .F45 2002

Daniel (Chappie) James: The First African American Four Star General
by Earnest N. Bracey
His personal life, career development and his climb through the military ranks.
E840.5 J36 B73 2003

The Dawn at My Back: Memoir of a Black Texas Upbringing
by Carroll Parrott Blue
An autobiographical tapestry focusing on the author’s relationship with her mother, woven within the context of the Civil Rights movement.
TR140 .B385 A3

Facing Ali: 15 Fighters, 15 Stories
by Stephen Brunt
First-hand accounts of those men who fought Ali.
GV1132 .A44 B78 2002

Fela: From West Africa to West Broadway
edited by Trevor Schoonmaker
A close look at a Third World superstar, sex, drugs and rock ’n roll Nigerian style. This diverse collection of essays helps to illuminate his life and music.
ML410 .F2955 F45 2003

Fire in My Soul
by Joan Steinau Lester
The story of Eleanor Holmes Norton, her rise to leadership, and her commitment to Civil Rights.
E840.8 .N675 L4 2003X

Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights
by Tananarive Due and Patricia Stephens Due
This memoir and tribute to the Civil Rights movement, and the average citizens who led it, is told in alternating mother-daughter chapters.
E185.97 .D8 D84

Gonna Do Great Things: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr.
by Gary Fishgall
A candid and detailed chronicle of his life and work based upon Davis’s prior autobiographies and extensive interviews with family, friends and colleagues.
PN2287 .D322 F57 2003

Growing Up King: An Intimate Memoir
by Dexter Scott King with Ralph Wiley
Explores the process Martin Luther King’s son went through to move out from under the weight of his father’s legacy.
E185.97 .K5 K52

Her Dream of Dreams: The Rise and Triumph of Madam C.J. Walker
by Beverly Lowry
Chronicles her rise as one of America’s first self-made millionaire, and her struggle for acceptance among the leaders of the Black community.
HD9970.5 .C672 W3558 2003

Honoring Sergeant Carter: Redeeming a Black World War II Hero’s Legacy
by Allene G. Carter and Robert L. Allen
An account of a Black World War II hero who was denied a Medal of Honor.
D796.5 .U6 C36 2003

I Choose to Stay: A Black Teacher Refuses to Desert the Inner City
by Salome Thomas-El with Cecil Murphey
He sacrificed a career in the media as well as his marriage to reform and revitalize the elementary school in his old Philadelphia neighborhood.
LC5133 .P5 T56 2003

I May Be Wrong but I Doubt It
by Charles Barkley
Repositioning himself from center court to “provocative analyst”.
GV884 .B28 A29 2002

In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr.
by Wil Haygood
His story, as well as a chronicle of black entertainment, set against the backdrop of segregation and racial changes in America.
PN2287 .D322 H39 2003

*In Search of Tiger: A Journey through Golf with Tiger Woods
by Tom Callahan
An attempt to define Tiger’s personality and character by probing his relationship with his father and by soliciting the opinions of Nicklaus, Palmer, Trevino and others.
GV964 .W66 C35 2003

*Jam Master Jay: The Heart of Hip-Hop
by David E. Thigpen
A review of Jay’s life as a hip-hop icon, and of his group Run-DMC, which was credited with bringing hip-hop music into the mainstream.
ML420 .J23 T55 2003X

Marvin Gaye, My Brother
by Frankie Gaye with Fred E. Basten
A memoir based on interviews with Frankie Gaye, Marvin’s brother who has since died of a heart attack.
ML420 .G305 G39

Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and the Black Experience
by Greg Tate
An exploration into the many shades of Hendrix, his vocal meaning, sexual mystery, and his scientific experimentation with sound.
ML410 .H476 T38 2003

Mississippi Harmony: Memoirs of a Freedom Fighter
by Winson Hudson with Constance Curry
Explores the role of African American women during the Civil Rights movement in small southern Black communities, and documents Hudson’s lifelong battle against discrimination.
F350 .N4 H83

Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly: The Remarkable Story of the Friendship between a First Lady and a Former Slave
by Jennifer Fleischner
Biographies of each woman’s life and a look at their friendship and parting of ways.
E457.25 .L55 F58 2003

My Heart Will Cross This Ocean: My Story, My Son
by Kadiatou Diallo and Craig Wolff
The uplifting story of Diallo, mother of the West African man gunned down in the doorway of his apartment building by New York police in 1999.
F128.9 .A24 D53

Nat Turner: A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory
edited by Kenneth S. Greenberg
Essays by scholars who use recently discovered African-American literature and new information on slave life to discover the real Nat Turner.
F232 .S7 N46 2003

One Last Shot: The Story of Michael Jordan’s Comeback
by Mitchell Krugel
A look at Jordan’s third comeback and the story of his struggle to find places other than the basketball court where he can excel.
GV884 .J67 K76 2002

Open Wide the Freedom Gates: A Memoir
by Dorothy Height
A look back at Height’s work as speaker, social worker, protester and president of the National Council of Negro Women from 1957-1998.
E185.97 .H444 A3 2003

Pieces from Life’s Crazy Quilt
by Marvin V. Arnett
The story of the Sprague family, their neighbors and the section of Detroit known as Black Bottom during the years after the Ford Motor Company closed its Model T plants.
F574 .D49 N424

Somebody’s Someone: A Memoir
by Regina Louise
Characters from Louise’s Dickensian childhood include the teenaged mother who abandoned her, the illegal foster mother who beat and starved her, and the mother’s boyfriend who molested her.
HV883 .T4 R44 2003

Summer Snow
by Trudier Harris
Essays highlight Harris’s life as a Southerner and how that heritage influenced her as a writer.
E185.97 .H365 A3 2003

True Vine: A Young Black Man’s Journey of Faith, Hope and Clarity
by John W. Fountain
A look back at a tough Chicago beginning and a further look at the role religious faith has in shaping one’s future.
F548.9 .N4 F68 2003

What Becomes of the Brokenhearted: A Memoir
by E. Lynn Harris
Step into the private world of an award-winning author whose accomplishments are set against a background of childhood abuse, adult alcoholism and a gay awakening.
PS3558 .A64438 Z468 2003

White: The Biography of Walter White, Mr. NAACP
by Kenneth Robert Janken
White’s in-depth investigation of lynching failed to secure federal legislation in the 1930s, but did bring nationwide attention to the issue.
E185.97 .W6 J36 2003

Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston
by Valerie Boyd
Hurston, a prominent figure in the Harlem Renaissance, emerges as a survivor in her struggles with racism, poverty and sexism.
PS3515 .U789 Z63