Boston Public Library
Black Is... 2005: History
Booklists for Adults

*Suitable for Teens

All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half Century of Brown v. Board of Education
by Charles J. Ogletree, Jr.
Looks at the history of Brown from the author’s perspective, starting in the Central Valley of California, through busing in Boston, to the recent debate on affirmative action at the University of Michigan.
KF4757.O35 2004

Blood Done Sign My Name
by Timothy B. Tyson
The author, a white professor of African American studies, returns to his childhood home, Oxford, North Carolina, to investigate the murder of a black man in 1970.
F264.O95T97 2004

*Breaking the Ice: The Black Experience in Professional Hockey
by Cecil Harris, forward by Anson Carter, afterward by Grant Fuhr.
The author looks at the history of blacks in hockey, a sport known for its whiteness, and towards the future of black involvement in the sport.
GV846.5.H37 2003

*Brothers in Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII’s Forgotten Heroes
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anthony Walton.
A typical war story with a difference, as the 761st, battled the Germans and racial prejudice.
D769.306 761st .A24 2004

Dynasty’s End: Bill Russell and the 1968-69 World Champion Boston Celtics
by Thomas J. Whalen.
Follows Bill Russell, social activist and basketball idol, in his last season as player-coach of the Boston Celtics. Also looks at race in Boston and the NBA.
GV885.52.B67W53 2004

*Fleeing for Freedom: Stories of the Underground Railroad as Told by Levi Coffin and William Still
edited by George and Willene Hendrick.
Selections of Coffin and Still’s accounts of the Underground Railroad.
E450.F535 2004

From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality
by Michael J. Klarman.
A treatment of the impact of Brown, told chiefly from a legal perspective.
KF4757.K58 2004

*My Soul Looks Back in Wonder: Voices of the Civil Rights Experience
by Juan Williams.
Offers a view of the civil rights movement, from the 1950s to the present, through the eyes of 33 participants as varied as B.B. King, Alvin Poussaint, and Eugene Rivers.
E184.A1W455 2004

Negro League Baseball: The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution
by Neil Lanctot.
Traces the history of the Negro Leagues, from the beginnings of segregated baseball to the integration of the major leagues.
GV875.N35L36 2004

*Post-Soul Nation: The Explosive, Contradictory, Triumphant, and Tragic 1980s as Experienced by African Americans (Previously Known as Blacks and Before that Negroes) by Nelson George
From Bill Cosby to Scot LaRock and from M.O.V.E. to Jesse Jackson, a chronological approach to the ’80s.
E185.615.G465 2004

The Pursuit of Fairness: A History of Affirmative Action
by Terry H. Anderson.
Affirmative action from its beginnings in the defense industry in the 1940s to the Supreme Court decision on the policies at the University of Michigan.
HF5549.5.A34A53 2004

Rising from the Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class
by Larry Tye.
The author presents a history of the Pullman porters, their origins, attempts to organize, and their leadership in the civil rights movement.
HD8039.R362 U68 2004

Separate and Unequal: Homer Plessy and the Supreme Court Decision that Legalized Racism
by Harvey Fireside.
Looks at the Plessy case, the history leading up to it, and the legacies.
KF223.P56 F58 2004

*Silent Covenants: Brown V. Board of Education and the Unfulfilled Hopes for Racial Reform
by Derrick Bell
Bell looks to the past to view the development of relations between the races and to the future to see how racial equality in education can be achieved. He theorizes that opportunities could have increased with the opposite decision.
KF4155.B38 2004

To the Mountaintop: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Sacred Mission to Save America 1955-1968
by Stewart Burns.
A biographical treatment of King from the beginning of the Montgomery bus boycott to his assassination in Memphis, keying in on the religious aspect of his work and his private torments.
E185.97.K5 B798 2004

Two Souls Indivisible: The Friendship That Saved Two POWs in Vietnam
by James S. Hirsch.
This volume tells the story of the unlikeliest of relationships- between a southern white man and a black man- forged in a North Vietnamese POW camp.
DS359.4.H57 2004