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Black Is... 1995: Ideas
Booklists for Adults

THE BLACK ATLANTIC: MODERNITY AND DOUBLE CONSCIOUSNESS. Paul Gilroy.
A look at the common threads tying together peoples of African descent on both sides of the Atlantic.

CERAMIC UNCLES AND CELLULOID MAMMIES: BLACK IMAGES AND THEIR INFLUENCES ON CULTURE. Patricia A. Turner.
Looks at the one-dimensional and often hostile ways blacks have been portrayed in the popular culture.

CHALLENGING THE CIVIL RIGHTS ESTABLISHMENT: PROFILES OF A NEW BLACK VANGUARD. Joseph G. Conti and Brad Stetson.
Pulls together the thinking of black conservative writers, including Glenn Loury of Boston University, Shelby Steele, and Thomas Sowell.

CONFRONTING AUTHORITY: REFLECTIONS OF AN ARDENT PROTESTOR. Derrick Bell.
Why struggle is necessary.

DEALS WITH THE DEVIL: AND OTHER REASONS TO RIOT. Pearl Cleage.
The racist and sexist facts of life, fiercely related in a collection of essays and performance pieces.

I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: RUMOR IN AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE. Patrica A. Turner.
Is Church's Fried Chicken really out to sterilize black men? Are Kool cigarettes the secret weapon of the KKK?

KEEPING FAITH: PHILOSOPHY AND RACE IN AMERICA. Cornel West.
Concerning culture, canon, and the black intellectual; the limits of political engagement; the nature of race.

LURE AND LOATHING: ESSAYS ON RACE, IDENTITY AND THE AMBIVALENCE OF ASSIMILATION. Gerald Early, editor.
Twenty black intellectuals address W.E.B. DuBois' dilemma of the double consciousness of African Americans.

ON THE REAL SIDE: LAUGHING, LYING AND SIGNIFYING--THE UNDERGROUND TRADITION OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HUMOR THAT TRANSFORMED AMERICA CULTURE FROM SLAVERY TO RICHARD PRYOR. Mel Watkins.

THE TYRANNY OF THE MAJORITY: FUNDAMENTAL FAIRNESS IN REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY.   Lani Guinier.
A collection of the law articles which torpedoed the author's 1993 nomination as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.

WHAT BLACK PEOPLE SHOULD DO NOW: DISPATCHES FROM NEAR THE VANGUARD. Ralph Wiley.
The author of "Why Black People Tend to Shout" offers directives for survival and empowerment in a racist society.

WITNESS FOR FREEDOM: AFRICAN AMERICAN VOICES ON RACE, SLAVERY, AND EMANCIPATION. C. Peter Ripley, editor.
Firsthand accounts of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

*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.