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  • The Souls of Black Folk The Souls of Black Folk
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    The Souls of Black Folk

    9780553213362
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    "The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line." Thus speaks W.E.B. Du Bois in The Souls Of Black Folk, one of the most prophetic and influental works in American literature. In this eloquent collection of essays, first published...
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  • Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination by Toni Morrison Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
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    Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination

    9780679745426
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    An immensely persuasive work of literary criticism that opens a new chapter in the American dialogue on race--and promises to change the way we read American literature. Morrison shows how much the themes of freedom and individualism, manhood and...
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  • The Black Unicorn: Poems The Black Unicorn: Poems
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    The Black Unicorn: Poems

    9780393312379
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    Rich continues: Refusing to be circumscribed by any simple identity, Audre Lorde writes as a Black woman, a mother, a daughter, a Lesbian, a feminist, a visionary; poems of elemental wildness and healing, nightmare and lucidity. Her rhythms and accents...
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  • James Baldwin: The Last Interview: And Other Conversations James Baldwin: The Last Interview And Other Conversations
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    James Baldwin: The Last Interview And Other Conversations

    9781612194004
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    Never before available, the unexpurgated last interview with James Baldwin "I was not born to be what someone said I was. I was not born to be defined by someone else, but by myself, and myself only." When, in the fall of 1987, the poet Quincy Troupe...
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  • Nothing Personal Nothing Personal
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    Nothing Personal

    9780807006429
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    James Baldwin's critique of American society at the height of the civil rights movement brings his prescient thoughts on social isolation, race, and police brutality to a new generation of readers. Available for the first time in a stand-alone edition,...
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  • Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine by Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine
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    Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine

    9781101972410
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    "Blackness is an art, not a science. It is a paradox: intangible and visceral; a situation and a story. It is the thread that connects these essays, but its significance as an experience emerges randomly, unpredictably. . . . Race is the story of my...
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  • Honey, Hush!: An Anthology of African American Women's Humor Honey, Hush!: An Anthology of African American Women's Humor
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    Honey, Hush!: An Anthology of African American Women's Humor

    9780393318180
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    In this dazzling anthology (Publishers Weekly), Daryl Cumber Dance has collected the often hard-hitting, sometimes risqué, always dramatic humor that arises from the depth of black women's souls and the breadth of their lives. The eloquent wit and...
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  • Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk-Tales from the Gulf States Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk-Tales from the Gulf States
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    Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk-Tales from the Gulf States

    9780060934545
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    A recently discovered collection of folktales celebrating African American oral tradition, community, and faith...”splendidly vivid and true.”--New York Times Every Tongue Got to Confess is an extensive volume of African American folklore that...
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  • The Amen Corner: A Play The Amen Corner: A Play
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    The Amen Corner: A Play

    9780375701887
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    A scalding, uplifting, sorrowful, and exultant masterpiece of the modern American theater, The Amen Corner is a play about faith and family, about the gulf between black men and black women and black fathers and black sons. In his first work for the...
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  • The Selected Works of Audre Lorde (PB) (2020)
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    The Selected Works of Audre Lorde (PB) (2020)

    9781324004615
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    Self-described "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet" Audre Lorde is an unforgettable voice in twentieth-century literature, and one of the first to center the experiences of black, queer women. This essential reader showcases her indelible...
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  • Toni Morrison:  The Last Interview Toni Morrison: The Last Interview and Other Conversations
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    Toni Morrison: The Last Interview and Other Conversations

    9781612198736
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    "Knowledge is what's important, you know? Not the erasure, but the confrontation of it." -- TONI MORRISON In this wide-ranging collection of thought-provoking interviews -- including her first and last -- Toni Morrison (whom President Barrack Obama...
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  • The Big Sea: An Autobiography The Big Sea: An Autobiography
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    The Big Sea: An Autobiography

    9780809015498
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    Introduction by Arnold Rampersad. Langston Hughes, born in 1902, came of age early in the 1920s. In The Big Sea he recounts those memorable years in the two great playgrounds of the decade--Harlem and Paris. In Paris he was a cook and waiter in...
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  • Ain't I an Anthropologist: Zora Neale Hurston Beyond the Literary Icon (PB) (2023)
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    Ain't I an Anthropologist: Zora Neale Hurston Beyond the Literary Icon (PB) (2023)

    9780252087103
    $27.95
    Iconic as a novelist and popular cultural figure, Zora Neale Hurston remains underappreciated as an anthropologist. Is it inevitable that Hurston's literary authority should eclipse her anthropological authority? If not, what socio-cultural and...
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  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (PB) (2009)
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    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (PB) (2009)

    9780812980028
    Mahogany's List of Black Banned Books
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    Maya Angelou's debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. Her life story is told in the documentary film And Still I Rise, as seen on PBS's American Masters.   Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as...
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  • God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse
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    God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse

    9780143105411
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    Introduced by Maya Angelou, the inspiring sermon-poems of James Weldon Johnson James Weldon Johnson was a leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance, and one of the most revered African Americans of all time, whose life demonstrated the full spectrum of...
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