Boston Public Library
Black Is... 2005: Contemporary Issues & Opinions
Booklists for Adults

*Suitable for Teens

After Brown: The Rise and Retreat of School Desegregation
by Charles T. Clotfelter
An assessment of the successes and failures of integration following the historic Supreme Court decision that takes into account previously unanalyzed enrollment figures.
LC214.2.C56 2004

America Behind the Color Lines: Dialogues with African Americans
by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
In this companion to the PBS series, 44 African Americans from all walks of life—including Maya Angelou, Jesse Jackson, and Colin Powell—reflect on the current state of equality.
E185.86.G373 2004

Black Is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy
by Nikhil Pal Singh
A re-examination of the Civil Rights movement and its legacy.
E185.61.S6144 2004

Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism
By Cornel West
In his sequel to Race Matters, West cautions against what he sees as the emergence of an “ugly imperialism” and underlying racism in post-9/11 America.
JC423.W384 2004

*Don’t Play in the Sun: One Woman’s Journey Through the Color Complex
by Marita Golden
Life lessons about how we perceive skin color.
E185.86.G625 2004

The End of Blackness: Returning the Souls of Black Folk to Their Rightful Owners
by Debra J. Dickerson
A call for African Americans to update their attitudes towards race and history.
E185.625.D53 2004

The Failures of Integration: How Race and Class Are Undermining the American Dream
by Sheryll Cashin
An examination of the high price America pays for its continuing segregation of the races.
HN90.S6C37 2004

God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time
by Desmond Tutu with Douglass Abrams
The South African archbishop speaks to all religious persuasions about the redemptive and transformative power of suffering.
BX5700.6 Z8.747 2004

The Hidden Cost of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequity
by Thomas M. Shapiro
Exposes how yesterday’s inequities translate into today’s economic disadvantages.
E185.8.S53 2004

*The Michael Eric Dyson Reader
by Michael Eric Dyson
Thirty-six selections on race and culture in contemporary America from a major critic and thinker.
E185.625.D969 2004

On the Down Low: A Journey Into the Lives of “Straight” Black Men Who Sleep With Men
by J.L. King
An expose of the lifestyle and a guide to help women identify “down low” partners, taken from interviews and the personal experiences of the author.
HQ74.2.U5 K56 2004

Quitting America: The Departure of a Black Man from His Native Land
by Randall Robinson
America’s pervading racism drove the founder and former president of the advocacy organization, TransAfrica, to relocate to the Caribbean island of St. Kitts.
E185.97.R665 A3 2004

The Race Myth: Why We Pretend Race Exists in America
by Joseph L. Graves, Jr.
A leading evolutionary biologist argues that we have confused human biological diversity and invented defined and separate races.
E184.A1G823 2004

The Secret Epidemic: The Story of AIDS and Black America
by Jacob Levenson
How AIDS came to be one of the leading causes of death among African Americans.
RA643.83.L48 2004