The Big Sea
The Black writer recalls his early years spent in Paris and Harlem of the Twenties
Parting the Waters
America in the King Years, 1954-63
Traces the birth of the American civil rights movement and profiles Martin Luther King, Jr., detailing the roles played by key figures around him and in government
A Testament of Hope
The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Collects the civil rights leader's writings on nonviolence, social policy, integration, black nationalism, and more
Gathers the erotic writings of such authors as Alice Walker, Gloria Naylor, Charles Blockson, Audre Lourde, and Essex Hemphill
The celebrated African-American Harvard scholar offers a portrait of growing up in a West Virginia hill town, presenting a study of his family, his childhood icons, and the social institutions and mores of the time. Reprint. 40,000 first printing. Tour. NYT.
The Content of Our Character
A New Vision of Race in America
Essays argue that Blacks are more oppressed by doubt than racism, looks at the origins of racial conflict in America, and assess the failures of social policies designed to lessen racial differences
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
A Play in Two Acts
The time is 1927. The place is a run-down recording studio in Chicago. Ma Rainey, the legendary blues singer, is due to arrive with her entourage to cut new sides of old favorites. Waiting for her are her black musician sidemen, the white owner of the record company, and her white manager. What goes down in the session to come is more than music. It is a riveting portrayal of black rage . . . of racism, of the self-hate that racism breeds, and of racial exploitation . . .
The author, formerly known as JoAnne Chesimard, relates the formative experiences of her youth that led her to a life of activism in Black nationalist organizations and, eventually, to prison
All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes
Recounts Angelou's stay in Ghana, together with other Black Americans, and her discoveries and reflections concerning her ancestors, Africa, American society, and herself
The Hidden Wound
Argues that white racism has been detrimental to whites as well as Blacks, discusses the implications of slavery, and looks at the impact of slavery on the author's life