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.
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.
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.
Selected Poems/Poemas escogidos, 1954-2000
A bilingual edition of poetry from an important Cuban poet.
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.
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 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.
Language, Symbolism, and Popular Culture
Race and Ideology proposes an understanding of racism as a divide-and-conquer mechanism.
An Eric Walrond Reader
A new anthology of works by a major writer from the New Negro Movement.
A southern black community’s struggle to defend itself against racist groups.
A cultural look at the traditional health beliefs and practices of African Americans.
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.
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.
The History, Traditions, and Culture of African Americans
An illustrated collection of essays on the history of African Americans.
A valuable contribution to African American literary and theatrical scholarship, this volume is a compilation of sixteen plays written during the Harlem Renaissance, brought together for the first time and set in a historical context.
An African American Discourse on Language, Literature, and Learning
An inspiring collection of personal essays about education, literacy, and freedom.
Politics and Poetics in the Life of Frances E. W. Harper, 1825-1911
In this important study, poet Melba Joyce Boyd analyzes Harper not simply as a feminist and an activist, but as a writer.
An Oral History of Detroit's African American Community, 1918-1967
More than one hundred individuals who lived in Detroit at some time during the period from 1918 to 1967 share stories about everyday life.
The Broken Calabash, Parables for a Season, and The Reighn of Wazobia
This anthology of plays allows a glimpse into the lives of the people of Onwueme’s native Nigeria and reveals the range and beauty of Nigerian culture.
An Anthology of Early Plays, 1858-1938
This volume rescues from obscurity thirteen plays by early African American writers.