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Black Is... 1996: Ideas 
Booklists for Adults

BLACK JUDGES ON JUSTICE: PERSPECTIVES FROM THE BENCH. Linn Washington.
Seldom-voiced opinions on the inequities and abuses.

CODES OF CONDUCT: RACE, ETHICS, AND THE COLOR OF OUR CHARACTER. Karla F.C. Holloway.
An original thinker connects popular culture, history, literature, and current events.

THE BELL CURVE WARS: RACE, INTELLIGENCE, AND THE FUTURE OF AMERICA. Edited by Steven Fraser.
Challenges the theories of intelligence put forth in the controversial bestseller "The Bell Curve."

ONE BY ONE FROM THE INSIDE OUT: ESSAYS AND REVIEWS ON RACE AND RESPONSIBILITY IN AMERICA. Glenn C. Loury.
From a Boston University economist.

RACE AND CULTURE: A WORLD VIEW. Thomas Sowell.
Are economic and social differences determined by cultural differences?

MAKING MALCOLM: THE MYTH AND MEANING OF MALCOLM X. Michael Eric Dyson.
Malcolm X's legacy as a blueprint for progressive political action.

NOTES OF A WHITE BLACK WOMAN: RACE, COLOR, COMMUNITY. Judy Scales-Trent.
The complexities of racial categories in America.

UNBANK THE FIRE: VISIONS FOR THE EDUCATION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN. Janice E. Hale.
By the developer of a school designed to improve academic performance.

*Recommended for Teens

This selected list was compiled by Alan Babner, Fields Corner Branch; Elisa Birdsseye-Clark, General Library Reader and Information Services; Sara F. Ennis, Brighton/Faneuil Branch Libraries; Jacquelyn Hogan, Egleston Square/Grove Hall Branch Libraries; Marilyn Poindexter, General Library, Teen Services; Karen L. Williams, Connolly Branch; Sara Markell, Chairperson, Codman Square Branch.