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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.

Just for a Thrill


Geoffrey Jacques

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

Published: November 2005
ISBN: 9780814332900
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.

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.

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.

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.

Published: May 2005
ISBN: 9780814332603
Published: May 2005
ISBN: 9780814335741

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.

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.

Published: June 2003
ISBN: 9780814331415
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.

Published: April 2003
ISBN: 9780814330579
Published: April 2003
ISBN: 9780814339107