Boston Public Library
Black Is... 1995: History
Booklists for Adults

AFRICANS IN THE AMERICAS: A HISTORY OF THE BLACK DIASPORA. Michael L. Conniff and Thomas J. Davis.
The divergent histories of African slaves and their descendants in the United States, the Caribbean, Brazil, and Spanish America.

*AFRICAN-AMERICAN FIRSTS: FAMOUS, LITTLE-KNOWN, AND UNSUNG TRIUMPHS OF BLACKS IN AMERICA. Joan Potter and Constance Claytor.
From the first African-American federal employee to the first millionaire-- a resource for research or trivia.

AFRICAN AMERICANS AT MARS BLUFF, SOUTH CAROLINA. Amelia Wallace Vernon.
They came as slaves and stayed to form community. A thought-provoking local history.

ALONG FREEDOM ROAD: HYDE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA AND THE FATE OF BLACK SCHOOLS IN THE SOUTH. David S. Cecelski.
The provocative story of the Brown decision's impact on one Tidewater county.

BLACK AMERICANS: THE FBI FILES. Kenneth O'Reilly.
Interviews, wire taps, field reports, and memos were all stored in the FBI files on Malcom X, James Baldwin, Paul Robeson, Martin Luther King, Jr. and even W.E.B. DuBois.

BLACK, RED, AND DEADLY: BLACK AND INDIAN GUNFIGHTERS OF THE INDIAN TERRITORY, 1870-1907. Arthur Burton.
"Everyone knows there are no black cowboys," the author believed as a child, and then he discovered 'Cherokee Bill.'

BOND OF IRON: MASTER AND SLAVE AT BUFFALO FORGE. Charles B. Dew.
Slavery-- the factory experience.

CIVIL RIGHTS AND WRONGS: A MEMOIR OF RACE AND POLITICS 1944-1994. Harry S. Ashmore.
A history of segregation from a gifted scholar.

DREAM CITY: RACE, POWER, AND THE DECLINE OF WASHINGTON, D.C. Harry Jaffe.
The rise and fall of Marion Barry.

FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM: A HISTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICANS. John H. Franklin and Alfred A. Moss.
A classic brought up to the 1980s.

A GATHERING OF HEROES: REFLECTIONS ON RAGE AND RESPONSIBILITY. Gregory Alan-Williams.
One man's bravery during the 1992 L.A. riots.

LOCAL PEOPLE: THE STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS IN MISSISSIPPI. John Dittmer.
From World War II through the 1960s, a document of the civil rights movement in Mississippi.

LYING EYES: THE SHOCKING TRUTH BEHIND THE CORRUPTION AND BRUTALITY OF THE L.A.P.D. AND THE BEATING OF RODNEY KING. Tom Owens with Rod Browning.
A first-hand account from a former member of the Los Angeles police.

NORTHERN PROTEST: MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., CHICAGO, AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. James R. Ralph, Jr.
The fullest account yet of the 1966 civil rights campaign in Chicago.

THE OTHER BRAHMINS: BOSTON'S BLACK UPPER CLASS, 1750-1950. Adelaide M. Cromwell.
Race and the social caste system in an atypical environment.

PORTRAIT OF A RACIST: THE MAN WHO KILLED MEDGAR EVERS? Reed Massengill.
A disturbing biography of Byron de la Beckwith.

THE SHADOW OF THE PANTHER: HUEY NEWTON AND THE PRICE OF BLACK POWER IN AMERICA. Hugh Pearson.
History and biography-- another interpretation.

*STORIES OF SCOTTSBORO. James Goodman.
A carefully documented look at the sensational 1931 gang rape case against nine homeless black teenagers.

*WARRIORS DON'T CRY: A SEARING MEMOIR OF THE BATTLE TO INTEGRATE LITTLE ROCK'S CENTRAL HIGH. Melba P. Beals.
Based on the diary of 15-year-old Melba, one of the nine black teenagers who entered Central High School in 1957.

W.E.B. DUBOIS: BIOGRAPHY OF A RACE 1868-1919. David Levering Lewis.
The personal and the political; Dubois' first fifty years and the civil rights movement of the late 19th and early 20th century.

WITNESS FOR FREEDOM: AFRICAN-AMERICAN VOICES ON RACE, SLAVERY, AND EMANCIPATION. C. Peter Ripley, editor.

*Recommended for Teens

This selected list was compiled by:  Moonyean Carlton, General Library Reader and Information Services; Catherine Clancy, General Library Teen Services; Marylou Coveney, South End Branch; Sara Markell, Codman Square Branch.   Winsome Hudson, Brighton Branch, Committee Chairperson.