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.
The Quotations of Mayor Coleman A. Young
New edition of the popular pocket-sized collection of former Detroit mayor Coleman Young’s most memorable quotes.
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.
Caribbean Labor and Politics
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.
Churches and Urban Government in Detroit and New York, 1895-1994
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.
The Selected Poems of Murray Jackson
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.
White Nationalism, Black Interests
Conservative Public Policy and the Black Community
A study of the most racially conscious aspect of the Conservative movement and its impact on politics and current public policy.
What Mama Said
An Epic Drama
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.
The Rhetoric and Poetics of John Oliver Killens
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.
Looking Within/Mirar adentro
Selected Poems/Poemas escogidos, 1954-2000
A bilingual edition of poetry from an important Cuban poet.
What the Wine-Sellers Buy Plus Three
Four Plays by Ron Milner
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.
The Concept of Self
A Study of Black Identity and Self-Esteem
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.
The Politics of Black Empowerment
The Transformation of Black Activism in Urban America
The Politics of Black Empowerment uses the experiences of grassroots activists to develop various conceptualizations and explanations of Black political behavior today.
Race and Ideology
Language, Symbolism, and Popular Culture
Race and Ideology proposes an understanding of racism as a divide-and-conquer mechanism.
Ideology and Change
The Transformation of the Caribbean Left
Leftist political movements, organizations, and trends in the English-speaking Caribbean.
"Winds Can Wake Up the Dead"
An Eric Walrond Reader
A new anthology of works by a major writer from the New Negro Movement.
Negroes with Guns
A southern black community’s struggle to defend itself against racist groups.
Walkin' Over Medicine
A cultural look at the traditional health beliefs and practices of African Americans.
Pan Africanism in the African Diaspora
An Analysis of Modern Afrocentric Political Movements
Based on original materials gathered from extensive international travel, hundreds of interviews and empirical field research, and text studies Pan-African organizations and their political activities inside black communities.
Tell It to Women
An Epic Drama for Women
Tell It To Women gives traditional rural women a voice: the women from Idu break from their assumed position of silence and powerlessness to confront the urban women who believe their western education gives them the authority to speak for all women.
A History of the African American People
The History, Traditions, and Culture of African Americans
An illustrated collection of essays on the history of African Americans.