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Black Is... 1998: Opinions
Booklists for Adults

AM I BLACK ENOUGH FOR YOU? POPULAR CULTURE FROM THE 'HOOD AND BEYOND by Todd Boyd.
A scholar's approach.

ANYTHING WE LOVE CAN BE SAVED: A WRITER'S ACTIVISM: ESSAYS, SPEACHES, STATEMENTS & LETTERS by Alice Walker.
From dreadlocks and Castro to her mother's blue bowl -- her musings.

COLOR-BLIND: SEEING BEYOND RACE IN A RACE-OBSESSED WORLD by Ellis Cose.
Does the false assumption of a color-blind society make it harder to eradicate racial discrimination?

DARWIN'S ATHLETES: HOW SPORT HAS DAMAGED BLACK AMERICA AND PRESERVED THE MYTH OF RACE by John Hoberman.

OUT OF AMERICA: A BLACK MAN CONFRONTS AMERICA by Keith Richburg.
"Black America has always imagined Africa like the adopted child imagines the birth parent. The dream is that Africa holds a truth for us.  Keith Richburg marches through that dream and finds that he was an American all along."

STRUGGLES IN THE PROMISED LAND: TOWARD A HISTORY OF BLACK-JEWISH RELATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES ed. by Jack Salzman.
Essays range from Jewish involvement in the slave trade to Black/Jewish alliances in the Civil Rights Movement.

THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT A BLACK MAN by Henry Louis Gates.
Using profiles of eight prominent men, he finds "the common man in uncommon figures, without losing sight of the ways in which race, class, and personal experience have shaped each life."

WHAT'S GOING ON by Nathan McCall.
The author of Makes Me Wanna Holler offers his opinion on current hot topics.

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.