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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.

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Bearing Witness to African American Literature

Validating and Valorizing Its Authority, Authenticity, and Agency

Bernard W. Bell

An interdisciplinary, code-switching, critical collection by revisionist African American scholar and activist Bernard W. Bell.

Paperback
Published: May 2012
ISBN: 9780814337141
eBOOK
Published: May 2012
ISBN: 9780814337158

If We Must Die

From Bigger Thomas to Biggie Smalls

Aimé J. Ellis

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.

Paperback
Published: June 2011
ISBN: 9780814334133
eBOOK
Published: June 2011
ISBN: 9780814336656

From Bourgeois to Boojie

Black Middle-Class Performances

Edited by Vershawn Ashanti Young with Bridget Harris Tsemo

Examines how generations of African Americans perceive, proclaim, and name the combined performance of race and class across genres.

Paperback
Published: April 2011
ISBN: 9780814334683
eBOOK
Published: April 2011
ISBN: 9780814336427

Pages from a Black Radical's Notebook

A James Boggs Reader

Edited by Stephen M. Ward
With an Afterword by Grace Lee Boggs

Collects nearly four decades’ worth of writings by Detroit political and labor activist James Boggs.

Paperback
Published: March 2011
ISBN: 9780814332566
eBOOK
Published: March 2011
ISBN: 9780814336410

Keepin' It Hushed

The Barbershop and African American Hush Harbor Rhetoric

Vorris L. Nunley

Examines the barbershop as a rhetorical site in African American culture across genres, including fiction, film, poetry, and theater.

Paperback
Published: February 2011
ISBN: 9780814333488
eBOOK
Published: February 2011
ISBN: 9780814336458

Roses and Revolutions

The Selected Writings of Dudley Randall

Edited and with an Introduction by Melba Joyce Boyd

Collects significant poetry, short stories, and essays by celebrated African American poet and publisher Dudley Randall.

Hardback
Published: August 2009
ISBN: 9780814334454

The Golden Underground

Poems by Anthony Butts

New from accomplished poet Anthony Butts, a collection of modern free verse with an attention to formal syntax and a keen religious sensibility.

Paperback
Published: February 2009
ISBN: 9780814333891
eBOOK
Published: February 2009
ISBN: 9780814335468
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Race and Remembrance

A Memoir

Arthur L. Johnson

Memoir of respected Detroit civic and civil rights leader Arthur L. Johnson.

Hardback
Published: August 2008
ISBN: 9780814333709
eBOOK
Published: August 2008
ISBN: 9780814337493
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When the Church Becomes Your Party

Contemporary Gospel Music

Deborah Smith Pollard

A look at the innovations of contemporary performers of modern gospel music and their roots in the African American Christian church.

Paperback
Published: April 2008
ISBN: 9780814332184

Dear Chester, Dear John

Letters between Chester Himes and John A. Williams

Compiled and Edited by John A. and Lori Williams

A revealing collection of correspondence between Chester Himes and John A. Williams, two prominent twentieth-century African American novelists.

Hardback
Published: February 2008
ISBN: 9780814333556
eBOOK
Published: February 2008
ISBN: 9780814338506

Your Average Nigga

Performing Race, Literacy, and Masculinity

Vershawn Ashanti Young

An engrossing autobiographical exploration of black masculinity as a mode of racial and verbal performance.

Paperback
Published: March 2007
ISBN: 9780814332481
eBOOK
Published: March 2007
ISBN: 9780814335765

Just for a Thrill

Poems

Geoffrey Jacques

A breakthrough collection of poetry from a distinctive new urban voice.

Paperback
Published: November 2005
ISBN: 9780814332900
eBOOK
Published: November 2005
ISBN: 9780814335635

"Look for Me All Around You"

Anglophone Caribbean Immigrants in the Harlem Renaissance

Edited by Louis J. Parascandola

This anthology is the first to fully integrate the political and literary writings of Anglophone Caribbean authors in the Harlem Renaissance.

Paperback
Published: October 2005
ISBN: 9780814329870

Manipulating the Sacred

Yorùbá Art, Ritual, and Resistance in Brazilian Candomblé

Mikelle S. Omari-Tunkara

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.

Paperback
Published: October 2005
ISBN: 9780814328521

"Gettin' Our Groove On"

Rhetoric, Language, and Literacy for the Hip Hop Generation

Kermit E. Campbell

A critical work on the African American vernacular tradition and its expression in contemporary Hip hop.

Paperback
Published: September 2005
ISBN: 9780814329252

The Quotations of Mayor Coleman A. Young

Edited by Bill McGraw

New edition of the popular pocket-sized collection of former Detroit mayor Coleman Young’s most memorable quotes.

Paperback
Published: May 2005
ISBN: 9780814332603
eBOOK
Published: May 2005
ISBN: 9780814335741
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The Autobiography of William Sanders Scarborough

An American Journey from Slavery to Scholarship

Edited with an Introduction by Michele Valerie Ronnick
Foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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.

Hardback
Published: December 2004
ISBN: 9780814332245

Dreaming Suburbia

Detroit and the Production of Postwar Space and Culture

Amy Maria Kenyon

A multifaceted cultural study of suburbanization in the United States, and Detroit in particular, during the postwar suburban boom.

Paperback
Published: September 2004
ISBN: 9780814332283
eBOOK
Published: September 2004
ISBN: 9780814339138

Caribbean Labor and Politics

Legacies of Cheddi Jagan and Michael Manley

Edited by Perry Mars & Alma H. Young

A pioneering collection of studies linking the political and labor backgrounds of two distinguished and dynamic leaders of the Caribbean and the Third World.

Paperback
Published: May 2004
ISBN: 9780814332115

Churches and Urban Government in Detroit and New York, 1895-1994

Henry J. Pratt
Preface by Ronald Brown

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.

Paperback
Published: February 2004
ISBN: 9780814331729
eBOOK
Published: February 2004
ISBN: 9780814336687

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