African American Studies
If We Must Die
From Bigger Thomas to Biggie Smalls
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.
From Bourgeois to Boojie
Black Middle-Class Performances
Examines how generations of African Americans perceive, proclaim, and name the combined performance of race and class across genres.
Pages from a Black Radical's Notebook
A James Boggs Reader
Collects nearly four decades’ worth of writings by Detroit political and labor activist James Boggs.
Keepin' It Hushed
The Barbershop and African American Hush Harbor Rhetoric
Examines the barbershop as a rhetorical site in African American culture across genres, including fiction, film, poetry, and theater.
Solitude of Five Black Moons
Collection of poems by Aurora Harris giving voices to those who are marginalized or oppressed.
Home Sweet Sanctuary
Idlewild Families Celebrate a Century
A cultural study of the remarkable community of Idlewild, an African American resort in northern Michigan.
Birth of a Notion; Or, The Half Ain't Never Been Told
A Narrative Account with Entertaining Passages of the State of Minstrelsy and of America & the True Relation Thereof
A critical look at black identity in American history and popular culture as told from a performative African American perspective.
Chronicles of the Pig & Other Delusions
A highly original collection of poetry from Edward Bruce Bynum.
Roses and Revolutions
The Selected Writings of Dudley Randall
Collects significant poetry, short stories, and essays by celebrated African American poet and publisher Dudley Randall.
The Golden Underground
New from accomplished poet Anthony Butts, a collection of modern free verse with an attention to formal syntax and a keen religious sensibility.
Race and Remembrance
Memoir of respected Detroit civic and civil rights leader Arthur L. Johnson.
Who's Jim Hines?
A look at issues of race in Depression-era Detroit for middle grade readers, aged 8 through 12, and up!
When the Church Becomes Your Party
Contemporary Gospel Music
A look at the innovations of contemporary performers of modern gospel music and their roots in the African American Christian church.
Dear Chester, Dear John
Letters between Chester Himes and John A. Williams
A revealing collection of correspondence between Chester Himes and John A. Williams, two prominent twentieth-century African American novelists.
The Flip Wilson Show
Analyzes the social, political, and institutional context of The Flip Wilson Show, which ran on NBC between 1970 and 1974.
Your Average Nigga
Performing Race, Literacy, and Masculinity
An engrossing autobiographical exploration of black masculinity as a mode of racial and verbal performance.
A poetic treatment of the period of American history between the beginning of the Mexican War and the end of the Civil War, by Michigan poet Vievee Francis.
Adam of Ifé
Black Women in Praise of Black Men
Collection of poetry from Lotus Press.
Just for a Thrill
A breakthrough collection of poetry from a distinctive new urban voice.
"Look for Me All Around You"
Anglophone Caribbean Immigrants in the Harlem Renaissance
This anthology is the first to fully integrate the political and literary writings of Anglophone Caribbean authors in the Harlem Renaissance.