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Black Is... 1993: Ideas
Booklists for Adults

Williams, Patricia J. THE ALCHEMY OF RACE AND RIGHTS.
Political and personal essays by a Black feminist legal scholar and cultural theorist.

Alexander, Adele. AMBIGUOUS LIVES: FREE WOMEN OF COLOR IN RURAL GEORGIA, 1789-1879.
"This population constituted a disturbing third caste in a sturcture designed to accommodate only two."

Benjamin, Lois. THE BLACK ELITE: FACING THE COLOR LINE IN THE TWILIGHT OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.
Does high socioeconomic status remove racial discrimination from the lives of African-Americans?

Urban, Wayne J. BLACK SCHOLAR: HORACE MANN BOND 1904-1972.
"Reconstructs an era in which numerous black people of great academic promise found few outlets for their talents."

Yee, Shirley. "BLACK WOMEN ABOLITIONISTS: A STUDY IN ACTIVISM, 1828-1860.

Morrison, Toni. PLAYING IN THE DARK: WHITENESS AND THE LITERARY IMAGINATION.
How racist consciousness evolved in American literature and what its impact is on white writers and their audience.

Stone, Albert E. THE RETURN OF NAT TURNER: HISTORY, LITERATURE, AND CULTURAL POLITICS IN SIXTIES AMERICA.

Berry, Faith, editor. A SCHOLAR'S CONSCIENCE: SELECTED WRITINGS OF J. SAUNDERS REDDING, 1942-1977.

Miller, Keith D. VOICE OF DELIVERANCE: THE LANGUAGE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., AND ITS SOURCES.
King's imagery has its roots in the tradition of the African-American church and the theology of white Protestant preachers.

This selected list was compiled by Moonyean Carlton, General Library, Reader and Informatin Services; Winsome Hudson, Brighton Branch; Janice Knight, Mattapan Branch; Deborah Roach, Codman Square Branch; Miriam Temsky, General Library, Teen Department; Denice Thornhill, Dudley Branch; and Jacquelyn Hogan, Grove Hall Branch, Chairperson.