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African American Life Series
Series Editor: Melba Joyce Boyd, Wayne State University
The African American Life Series publishes scholarship representative of the historical, social, cultural, and economic experiences of African Americans. Because Wayne State University Press is located in Detroit, the series has a particular interest in topics related to urban life and culture.
Validating and Valorizing Its Authority, Authenticity, and Agency
An interdisciplinary, code-switching, critical collection by revisionist African American scholar and activist Bernard W. Bell.
From Bigger Thomas to Biggie Smalls
Investigates a variety of texts in which the self-image of poor, urban black men in the U.S. is formed within, by, and against a culture of racial terror and state violence.
Black Middle-Class Performances
Examines how generations of African Americans perceive, proclaim, and name the combined performance of race and class across genres.
A James Boggs Reader
Collects nearly four decades’ worth of writings by Detroit political and labor activist James Boggs.
The Barbershop and African American Hush Harbor Rhetoric
Examines the barbershop as a rhetorical site in African American culture across genres, including fiction, film, poetry, and theater.
The Selected Writings of Dudley Randall
Collects significant poetry, short stories, and essays by celebrated African American poet and publisher Dudley Randall.
New from accomplished poet Anthony Butts, a collection of modern free verse with an attention to formal syntax and a keen religious sensibility.
Memoir of respected Detroit civic and civil rights leader Arthur L. Johnson.
Contemporary Gospel Music
A look at the innovations of contemporary performers of modern gospel music and their roots in the African American Christian church.
Letters between Chester Himes and John A. Williams
A revealing collection of correspondence between Chester Himes and John A. Williams, two prominent twentieth-century African American novelists.
Performing Race, Literacy, and Masculinity
An engrossing autobiographical exploration of black masculinity as a mode of racial and verbal performance.
A breakthrough collection of poetry from a distinctive new urban voice.
Anglophone Caribbean Immigrants in the Harlem Renaissance
This anthology is the first to fully integrate the political and literary writings of Anglophone Caribbean authors in the Harlem Renaissance.
Yorùbá Art, Ritual, and Resistance in Brazilian Candomblé
The first art historical study of Yoruba-descended African Brazilian religious art based on an author's long-term participation in and observation of private and public rituals.
Rhetoric, Language, and Literacy for the Hip Hop Generation
A critical work on the African American vernacular tradition and its expression in contemporary Hip hop.
New edition of the popular pocket-sized collection of former Detroit mayor Coleman Young’s most memorable quotes.
An American Journey from Slavery to Scholarship
An important autobiography that reveals the story of William Sanders Scarborough who rose out of slavery to become a renowned classical philologist and African American icon.
Detroit and the Production of Postwar Space and Culture
A multifaceted cultural study of suburbanization in the United States, and Detroit in particular, during the postwar suburban boom.
Legacies of Cheddi Jagan and Michael Manley
A pioneering collection of studies linking the political and labor backgrounds of two distinguished and dynamic leaders of the Caribbean and the Third World.
This groundbreaking study analyzes the relationship between the two powerful forces—church organizations and urban politics—within New York City and Detroit during the 19th and 20th centuries.