Some more books for Black History Month 2011
After putting together the library's display for Black History Month, I still had a few books left. I am listing them here because I think they are worth sharing and reading. The books are usually located in the General Collection (Third Floor Stacks) unless otherwise noted.
- Armstrong, Julie Buckner and Amy Schmidt, The Civil Rights Reader: American Literature from Jim Crow to Reconciliation. PS 508 .N3 C58 2009. This is a collection of poetry, essays, fiction and drama on the civil rights movement. It features works by Nikki Giovanni, Amiri Baraka, Flannery O'Connor, Malcolm X, Ralph Ellison, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rita Dove, and Patricia J. Williams among others.
- Arsenault, Raymond, The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert that Awakened America. ML 420 .A6 A77 2009. Marian Anderson, contralto, was one of the greatest singers this nation has produced and known around the world. In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to let her sing in Constitution Hall; Ms. Anderson was African American. With the help of FDR and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt she went on to sing in an open concert at the Lincoln Memorial. Later, in 1964, when the Civil Rights Act passed and at the age of 67, she did sing in Constitution Hall. Read her extraordinary story in Arsenault's book, which School Library Journal called, "a good one for serious students of the civil rights movement."
- Baum, Dale, ed., Counterfeit Justice: The Judicial Odyssey of Texas Freedwoman Azeline Hearne. F 392 .R63 B38 2009. From the book description, "For many of the forty years of her life as a slave, Azeline Hearne cohabitated with her wealthy, unmarried master, Samuel R. Hearne. She bore him four children, only one of whom survived past early childhood. When Sam died shortly after the Civil War ended, he publicly acknowledged his relationship with Azeline and bequeathed his entire estate to their twenty-year-old mulatto son, with the provision that he take care of his mother. When their son died early in 1868, Azeline inherited one of the most profitable cotton plantations in Texas and became one of the wealthiest ex-slaves in the former Confederacy." However, it was not as easy as that as Azeline faced various lawsuits and predatory challenges, including from her own lawyer, to take away what was hers.
- DeRamus, Betty, Freedom by Any Means: Con Games, Voodoo Schemes, True Love, and Lawsuits on the Underground Railroad. E450 .D473 2009. DeRamus looks at some of the resourceful and often risky ways in which slaves ran away.
- Nama, Adilifu, Black Space: Imagining Race in Science Fiction Film. PN 1995.9 >S26 N36 2008. From the book description, "Through an analysis of over thirty canonic science fiction (SF) films, including Logan's Run, Star Wars, Blade Runner, Back to the Future, Gattaca, and Minority Report, Black Space offers a thorough-going investigation of how SF film since the 1950s has dealt with the issue of race and specifically with the representation of blackness."
- Roberts, Gene and Hank Klibanoff, The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation. PN 4888 .R3 R63 2006. From the book's description, "Roberts and Klibanoff draw on private correspondence, notes from secret meetings, unpublished articles, and interviews to show how a dedicated cadre of newsmen—black and white—revealed to a nation its most shameful shortcomings that compelled its citizens to act." Those interested in the history of the press in the United States will want to pick up this book.
- Thornton, Yvonne S., The Ditchdigger's Daughter: A Black Family's Astonishing Success Story. E 185.96 .T48 2002. Dr. Thornton was keynote speaker for the 2008-2009 Freshman/New Student Orientation at UT Tyler.
- Washington-Williams, Essie Mae and William Stadiem, Dear Senator: A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond. E 748 .T58 W37 2005. Essie Mae was the daughter of an affair between Strom Thurmond, who was 23 at the time, and a 15 year-old Black maid. From the book description, "Set against the explosively changing times of the civil rights movement, this poignant memoir recalls how she struggled with the discrepancy between the father she knew–one who was financially generous, supportive of her education, even affectionate–and the Old Southern politician, railing against greater racial equality, who refused to acknowledge her publicly. From her richly told narrative, as well as the letters she and Thurmond wrote to each other over the years, emerges a nuanced, fascinating portrait of a father who counseled his daughter about her dreams and goals, and supported her in reaching them–but who was unwilling to break with the values of his Dixiecrat constituents."