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"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
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A Different Image

The Legacy of Broadside Press

Edited by Gloria House, Albert M. Ward, and Rosemary Weatherston

A collection of work from six of Broadside Press’s most influential poets during the 1960s and 1970s.

Paperback
Published: September 2004
ISBN: 9780911550979

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

Bobweaving Detroit

The Selected Poems of Murray Jackson

Edited with a postscript by Ted Pearson and Kathryne V. Lindberg

From a poet whose vision and vistas embrace Detroit's glass-strewn streets and soaring high-rises, this collection is universal yet site-specific in its evocation of jazz and its improvisations on the classics.

Paperback
Published: December 2003
ISBN: 9780814331941
eBOOK
Published: December 2003
ISBN: 9780814339121

White Nationalism, Black Interests

Conservative Public Policy and the Black Community

Ronald W. Walters

A study of the most racially conscious aspect of the Conservative movement and its impact on politics and current public policy.

Paperback
Published: August 2003
ISBN: 9780814330203

What Mama Said

An Epic Drama

Osonye Tess Onwueme

An explosive political drama projecting an African people’s revolutionary struggle to confront government forces and foreign oil corporations that have ravaged their land and strangled the voices of their mothers and daughters.

Paperback
Published: June 2003
ISBN: 9780814331415
eBOOK
Published: June 2003
ISBN: 9780814336786

Liberation Memories

The Rhetoric and Poetics of John Oliver Killens

Keith Gilyard

This first book-length study of John Oliver Killens aims to help secure his place in literary history and explores his creation of an inspiring Black vernacular art—one that ennobles people of African descent and urges their political liberation.

Hardback
Published: April 2003
ISBN: 9780814330579
eBOOK
Published: April 2003
ISBN: 9780814339107

Bridging the River of Hatred

The Pioneering Efforts of Detroit Police Commissioner George Edwards

Mary M. Stolberg

Bridging the River of Hatred portrays the career of George Clifton Edwards, Jr., Detroit's visionary police commissioner.

Paperback
Published: May 2002
ISBN: 9780814325735

Octavia

Guthrie and Beyond

By Naomi Long Madgett

Poetry collection from Poet laureate of Detroit, Naomi Long Madgett.

Paperback
Published: January 2002
ISBN: 9780916418915

What the Wine-Sellers Buy Plus Three

Four Plays by Ron Milner

Foreword by Amiri Baraka
Introduction by Woodie King Jr.

The four Milner plays collected here —Checkmates, What the Wine-Sellers Buy, Jazz-Set, and Urban Transition —are characterized by their attention to African American social and psychological culture.

Paperback
Published: May 2001
ISBN: 9780814329290
Hardback
Published: May 2001
ISBN: 9780814329771

The Concept of Self

A Study of Black Identity and Self-Esteem

Richard L. Allen

The Concept of Self examines the historical basis for the widely misunderstood ideas of how African Americans think of themselves individually, and how they relate to being part of a group that has been subjected to challenges of their very humanity.

Hardback
Published: April 2001
ISBN: 9780814328989
eBOOK
Published: April 2001
ISBN: 9780814338315

The Politics of Black Empowerment

The Transformation of Black Activism in Urban America

James Jennings

The Politics of Black Empowerment uses the experiences of grassroots activists to develop various conceptualizations and explanations of Black political behavior today.

Paperback
Published: August 2000
ISBN: 9780814323182
Hardback
Published: August 2000
ISBN: 9780814323175
eBOOK
Published: August 2000
ISBN: 9780814336618

Looking Beyond Race

The Life of Otis Milton Smith

Otis Milton Smith and Mary M. Stolberg
With a foreword by Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.

In Looking Beyond Race, Otis Milton Smith recounts his life as an African American who overcame poverty and prejudice to become a successful politician, and eventual president of General Motors.

Hardback
Published: August 2000
ISBN: 9780814329399

Enterprising Images

The Goodridge Brothers, African American Photographers, 1847-1922

John Vincent Jezierski

The story of the most prolific African American photographers in North America.

Hardback
Published: June 2000
ISBN: 9780814324516

Race and Ideology

Language, Symbolism, and Popular Culture

Edited by Arthur K. Spears

Race and Ideology proposes an understanding of racism as a divide-and-conquer mechanism.

Paperback
Published: September 1999
ISBN: 9780814324547
Hardback
Published: September 1999
ISBN: 9780814324530

"Winds Can Wake Up the Dead"

An Eric Walrond Reader

Edited by Louis J. Parascandola

A new anthology of works by a major writer from the New Negro Movement.

Paperback
Published: December 1998
ISBN: 9780814327098

Ideology and Change

The Transformation of the Caribbean Left

Perry Mars

Leftist political movements, organizations, and trends in the English-speaking Caribbean.

Paperback
Published: December 1998
ISBN: 9780814327692
eBOOK
Published: December 1998
ISBN: 9780814338513

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