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Black Is... 1999: Expression
Booklists for Adults

AFRICAN-AMERICAN WEDDING READINGS edited
by Tamara Nikuradse. Prayers, poems, biblical verse, and proverbs from Africa.
E185.86 .A33445 1998

BLACK-EYED PEAS FOR THE SOUL: Tales to Strengthen the African American Spirit and En-courage the Heart
by Donna Marie Williams.
E185.86 .W487 1997

BLUES UP AND DOWN: Jazz in Our Time
by Tom Piazza. Is jazz dead? Two opposing viewpoints.
ML3507 .P5 1997

EV’RY TIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT: 101 Best-Loved Psalms, Gospel Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of the African-American Church
by Gwendolin Sims Warren.
M1670 .W37 1997x

THE GHOSTS OF MEDGAR EVERS: A Tale of Race, Murder, Mississippi, and Hollywood
by Willie Morris. "How the trial of Medgar Evers’s killer became a Hollywood film."
PN1997.G447 M67 1998

*GO DOWN, MOSES: A Celebration of the African-American Spiritual
by Richard Newman. Includes lyrics to 200 and music to the 25 most popular songs of faith, freedom, hope, and the spirit.
ML54.6.N495 G6 1998

HARLEM: The Vision of Morgan and Marvin Smith
by Morgan Smith.  Black and white photos of the famous and not-so-famous of the 1930s and ’40s.
F128.H3 S65 1997 Folio

HONEY, HUSH! An Anthology of African American Women’s Humor
edited by Daryl Cumber Dance. Excerpts from the works of more than 100 women, including Dorothy West, Sojourner Truth, and Maya Angelou.
PN6231.N5 H66 1998

IMAGINE BEING MORE AFRAID OF FREEDOM THAN SLAVERY: Poems
by Pamela Sneed, a Boston native.
PS3569.N34 I38 1998

JAZZ IN BLACK AND WHITE: Race, Culture, and Identity in the Jazz Community
by Charley Gerard. "Do only those that lived the blues have the right to play the blues?"
ML3508 .G47 1998

A KNOCK AT MIDNIGHT: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
edited by Clayborne Carson & Peter Holloran. Eleven sermons introduced by ministers and theologians, including Desmond Tutu and Billy Graham.
BV4241.5 .K56 1998

LIKE THE SINGING COMING OFF THE DRUMS: Love Poems
by Sonia Sanchez. Includes tributes to Tupac and Ella Fitzgerald.
PS3569.A468 L5 1998

OPRAH WINFREY SPEAKS: Insight from the World’s Most Influential Voice
by Janet Lowe. She speaks on everything from role models and romance to her own worst mistakes.
PN1992.4.W56 A3 1998

RENAISSANCE
by Ruth Forman.  The second book of poems from the award-winning author of We Are the Young Magicians.
PS3556.O7334 R46 1997

STYLIN’: African American Expressive Culture from Its Beginnings to the Zoot Suit
by Shane White. "How African Americans have clothed themselves, styled their hair, and communicated meaning through gesture, dance, and other forms of bodily display."
E185.86 .W4388 1998

THIEVES OF PARADISE
by Yusef Komunyakaa. Poetry from the Pulitzer Prize winner.
PS3561.O455 T45 1998

*Recommended for Teens

This selected list was compiled by:  Kendall Brothers, General Library, Teen Services; 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;   Jacquelyn Hogan, Chairperson, Grove Hall Branch Libraries.  Boston Public Library, 1999.