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The Forgetting Tree

A Rememory

Rae Paris

A personal narrative of past and present racial violence and resistance to terror in the United States.

Paperback
Available November 2017
ISBN: 9780814344262
eBOOK
Available November 2017
ISBN: 9780814344279

Beyond Blaxploitation

Edited by Novotny Lawrence and Gerald R. Butters, Jr.

Beyond Blaxploitation is a groundbreaking scholarly anthology devoted to examining canonical and lesser-known films of the blaxploitation movement to demonstrate the richness, depth, and complexity of this intriguing period in motion picture history.

Paperback
Published: November 2016
ISBN: 9780814340769
eBOOK
Published: November 2016
ISBN: 9780814340776

Blackness Is Burning

Civil Rights, Popular Culture, and the Problem of Recognition

TreaAndrea M. Russworm

Blackness Is Burning critiques the way the politics of recognition and representation appear in popular culture as attempts to "humanize" black identity through stories of suffering and triumph or tales of destruction and survival.

Paperback
Published: October 2016
ISBN: 9780814340516
eBOOK
Published: October 2016
ISBN: 9780814340523
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Know the Mother

Stories by Desiree Cooper

Short, searing glimpses of how race and gender shadow even the most intimate moments of women’s lives.

Paperback
Published: March 2016
ISBN: 9780814341490
eBOOK
Published: March 2016
ISBN: 9780814341506

A Fluid Frontier

Slavery, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland

Edited by Karolyn Smardz Frost and Veta Smith Tucker
With a foreword by David W. Blight

New research on the long, shared struggle for freedom by people of African descent in the Detroit River borderland from a uniquely bi-national perspective.

Paperback
Published: February 2016
ISBN: 9780814339596
eBOOK
Published: February 2016
ISBN: 9780814339602

Ascension

Poems by Malaika Favorite

A collection of brilliantly crafted poems with intense imagery and cadence, representing the African American experience of enslavement and the author’s rootedness in the folkways and history of African Americans in Louisiana.

Paperback
Published: February 2016
ISBN: 9780940713239

Race, Religion, and the Pulpit

Rev. Robert L. Bradby and the Making of Urban Detroit

Julia Marie Robinson

Details Reverend Bradby’s work during the Great Migration and the interwar period, when his Second Baptist Church became an important hub for Detroit’s African American community.

Hardback
Published: April 2015
ISBN: 9780814332917
eBOOK
Published: April 2015
ISBN: 9780814340370

Heathen

R. Flowers Rivera

Collection of poems by R. Flowers Rivera, Naomi Long Madgett Poetry award winner.

Paperback
Published: February 2015
ISBN: 9780979750991

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Poems by Austin Alexis

An emotionally and intellectually stimulating first book from Austin Alexis.

Paperback
Published: February 2014
ISBN: 9780979750984
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Crusader for Justice

Federal Judge Damon J. Keith

Compiled, written, and edited by Peter J. Hammer and Trevor W. Coleman
Foreword by Mitch Albom

A complete biography of one of the seminal figures in American jurisprudence.

Hardback
Published: November 2013
ISBN: 9780814338452
eBOOK
Published: November 2013
ISBN: 9780814338469
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The Colored Car

Jean Alicia Elster

For young readers, the powerful story of an African American girl's train journey south from Detroit in 1937.

Paperback
Published: September 2013
ISBN: 9780814336069
eBOOK
Published: September 2013
ISBN: 9780814336083

Redevelopment and Race

Planning a Finer City in Postwar Detroit

June Manning Thomas

A history of how racial disunity and industrial decline handicapped post-World War II urban planning initiatives in Detroit.

Paperback
Published: April 2013
ISBN: 9780814339077
eBOOK
Published: April 2013
ISBN: 9780814339084

What Keeps Me Sane

Poems by Esperanza Cintrón

A new collection of poetry that introduces four women on the brink.

Paperback
Published: February 2013
ISBN: 9780979750977

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

Booker T & Them

A Blues

As Presented by Bill Harris

A poetic reimagining of the life of Booker T. Washington that explores issues of being an African American male of note at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Paperback
Published: February 2012
ISBN: 9780814337165
eBOOK
Published: February 2012
ISBN: 9780814337172

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

Home Sweet Sanctuary

Idelwild Families Celebrate a Century

Gloria House

A cultural study of the remarkable community of Idlewild, an African American resort in northern Michigan.

Paperback
Published: January 2011
ISBN: 9780940713222

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