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Black Is... 1998: Personalities
Booklists for Adults

ANGELS ALONG THE WAY: MY LIFE WITH THE HELP FROM ABOVE by Della Reese with Franklin Lett and Mim Eichler.

A-TRAIN: MEMOIRS OF A TUSKEGEE AIRMAN by Lieutenant Colonel Charles W. Dryden, USAF (Retired).
From segregation to integration, life as a black career officer in the U.S. military.

BAYARD RUSTIN: TROUBLES I'VE SEEN: A BIOGRAPHY by Jervis Anderson.
The behind-the-scenes strategist and organizer of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington.

BETWEEN EACH LINE OF PAIN AND GLORY: MY LIFE STORY by Gladys Knight.
Despite terrible obstacles, she rose form the "chitlin' circuit" and Motown to superstardom.

DOROTHY DANDRIDGE: A BIOGRAPHY by Donald Bogle.
The tragic life of the first African-American to be nominated for the Best Actress Oscar.

THE HAYGOODS OF COLUMBUS: A LOVE STORY by Wil Haygood.
They left a dead-end life of poverty in the South for the promised land of jobs and better opportunites in the North -- the history of his family by a reporter for the Boston Globe.

HAVE NO FEAR: THE CHARLES EVERS STORY by Charles Evers & Andrew Szanton.
"...fighting for civil rights and making a lot of money."

LIFE ON THE LINE by Faye Wattleton.
Her mother was a fundamentalist preacher, yet she became the president of Planned Parenthood.

*LITTLE X: GROWING UP IN THE NATION OF ISLAM by Sonsyrea Tate.
Daily life as a submissive black princess.

LOUIS ARMSTRONG: AN EXTRAVAGANT LIFE by Laurence Bergreen.
Excessive in lifestyle but conservative in philosophy: "I got pretty near everything I wanted because I worked for it."

MY BROTHER: A MEMOIR by Jamaica Kincaid.
This continues the re-examination of her familial relationships begun in The Autobiography of My Mother.

AN ORIGINAL MAN: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ELIJAH MUHAMMAD by Claude Andrew Clegg.
A divine appointee or a supremacist hate monger? The man and his role in the evolution of the Nation of Islam and growth of black nationalism.

ROSA LEE: A MOTHER AND HER FAMILY IN URBAN AMERICA by Leon Dash.
Living in the shadow of the White House, yet trapped in the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, drugs, and violence -- one woman's story.

THE SEVERAL LIVES OF CHESTER HIMES by Edward Margolies & Michel Fabre.
The expatriate author of Cotton Comes to Harlem.

SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER by Anita Hill.
Partly her memoir, partly her analysis and assessment -- the 1991 Clarence Thomas hearings.

STRAIGHT, NO CHASER: HOW I BECAME A GROWN-UP BLACK WOMAN by Jill Nelson.
Personal anecdotes and essays on the black American feminist struggle.

SUNDAY IS MY DAY by Reverend Irving Fryar.
How the bad boy of the New England Patriots stopped his self-destructive behavior and renewed his life in a small church in Roxbury.

TRESPASSING: MY SOJOURN IN THE HALLS OF PRIVILEGE by Gwendolyn M. Parker.
A graduate of Harvard and NYU Law School, she relinquished her successful corporate law career to become a novelist.

*TUPAC SHAKUR by the Editors of Vibe Magazine.
"He was a lightning rod, a screen onto which millions of people projected their feelings about rap, about race, and about the young black man in American today."

WOUNDS OF PASSION: A WRITING LIFE by bell hooks.
The feminist author continues her memoir begun in last year's Bone Black.

*Recommended for Teens

This list is dedicated to the memory of KAREN L. WILLIAMS.  A frequent contributor to Black Is...

This selected list was compiled by:  Moonyean Carlton, General Library, Adult Reader and Information Services; Marylou Coveney, Dudley Branch; Janice Knight, Mattapan Branch; Amy Manson, Jamaica Plain Branch; Sarah Markell, Charlestown Branch; Marilyn Poindexter, General Library, Teen Services; Jacquelyn Hogan, Chairperson, Grove Hall/Egleston Square Branch Libraries.  Boston Public Library, 1998.