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Black Is... 1998: Contemporary Issues
Booklists for Adults

BLACK RAGE CONFRONTS THE LAW  by Paul Harris.  
Is this a legitimate legal defense?

BLACK TEACHERS ON TEACHING by Michele Foster.
How can black students best be nurtured?  Opinions of novices and veterans.

EMBRACING THE FIRE: SISTERS TALK ABOUT SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS  by Julia A. Boyd.
Reveals the changes in sexual issues and thinking from mom's time to the present.

HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT BEING WHITE:  SUCCESS STRATEGIES FROM AMERICA'S PREMIERE BLACK ENTREPRENEUR by Earl G. Graves.

SISTER CEO: THE BLACK WOMAN'S GUIDE TO STARTING HER OWN BUSINESS by Cheryl D. Broussard.

SISTER POWER: HOW PHENOMENAL BLACK WOMEN ARE RISING TO THE TOP by Patricia Reid-Merritt.

SOUL IN MANAGEMENT: HOW AFRICAN-AMERICAN MANAGERS THRIVE IN THE COMPETITIVE CORPORATE ENVIRONMENT by Richard F. America and Bernard E. Anderson.

ONE MORE RIVER TO CROSS: BLACK AND GAY IN AMERICA by Keith Boykin.
A gay activist examines the stereotypes.

*OUR AMERICA: LIFE AND DEATH ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF CHICAGO by LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman.
Ghetto life through the eyes of two 17-year-olds who live it.

RACE, CRIME & THE LAW by Randall Kennedy.
This conservative Harvard law professor questions whether race should be a consideration in the administration of justice.

"WHY ARE ALL THE BLACK KIDS SITTING TOGETHER IN THE CAFETERIA?": AND OTHER CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RACE by Beverly Daniel Tatum.
Why do whites and people of color develop racial identities in such different ways.

WHAT MAKES THE GREAT GREAT: STRATEGIES FOR EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENT by Dennis Paul Kimbro.
Part pep-rally, part how-to.

*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.