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W. E. B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk is one of the most influential books ever published in this country. In it, Du Bois wrote that "the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line," a prophecy that is as fresh and poignant today as when it first appeared in print in 1903. Now, one hundred years after The Souls of Black Folk was first published, Saving the Race re-examines the legacy of Du Bois and his "color line" prophecy from a modern viewpoint. The author, Rebecca Carroll, a biracial woman who was reared by white parents, not only provides her own personal perspective, but she invites eighteen well-known African Americans to share their ideas and opinions about what Du Bois's classic text means today. Lalita Tademy, author Stanley Crouch, cultural critic, novelist A'Lelia Bundles, great-great-granddaughter of Madame C. J. Walker, author David Graham Du Bois, stepson of W. E. B. Du Bois, writer, teacher, activist Touré, novelist, contributing writer for Rolling Stone magazine Julian Bond, chairman of the board, NAACP Thelma Golden, chief curator and deputy director for exhibitions and programs at the Studio Museum of Harlem Kathleen Cleaver, former communications secretary of the Black Panther party Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. , civil rights leader and lawyer Cory Booker, former New Jersey councilman, mayoral candidate, activist Jewell Jackson McCabe, founder and president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Derrick Bell, professor of law, New York University Elizabeth Alexander, poet and writer Clarence Major, author, poet, artist Terence Blanchard, horn player, film composer Reverend Dr. James Forbes, senior minister of Riverside Church, New York Patricia Smith, poet LeAlan Jones, author The result is an insightful and illuminating collection of interviews both provocative and inspiring. Saving the Race paints a fascinating, complicated, and colorful portrait about the "souls of black folk" in twenty-first century America.
With raw candor, elicited by Rebecca Carroll's perceptive questioning, 15 black women between the ages of 11 and 18, from places as diverse as Brooklyn and Seattle, Alabama and Vermont, speak out about their inner and outer lives. What they say about identity, self-esteem, the role of race in their perceptions and treatment, personal values, and their hopes for the future is both enlightening and moving. 144 pp. National pubilcity. 15,000 print.From the Trade Paperback edition.
This is a collection of the hopes, ideas and views on life of fifteen Afro-American teen-age girls. The book is about how they are determined to be successful even while struggling against racial discrimination.
On the ninetieth anniversary of Booker T. Washington's death comes a passionate, provocative dialogue on his complicated legacy, including the complete text of his classic autobiography, Up from Slavery.Booker T. Washington was born a slave in 1858, yet roughly forty years later he had established the Tuskegee Institute. Befriended by a U.S. president and corporate titans, beloved and reviled by the black community, Washington was one of the most influential voices on the postslavery scene. But Washington's message of gradual accommodation was accepted by some and rejected by others, and, almost a century after his death, he is still one of the most controversial and misunderstood characters in American history. Uncle Tom or New Negro? does much more than provide yet another critical edition of Washington's memoirs. Instead, Carroll has interviewed an outstanding array of African American luminaries including Julianne Malveaux, cultural critics Debra Dickerson and John McWhorter, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and radio talk-show host Karen Hunter, among others. In a dazzling collection bursting with invigorating and varying perspectives, (e.g. What would Booker T. think of Sean Combs or Russell Simmons? Was Washington a "tragic buffoon" or "a giver of hope to those on the margins of the margins"?) this cutting-edge book allows you to reach your own conclusions about a controversial and perhaps ultimately enigmatic figure.From the Trade Paperback edition.