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Africana - Biographies


  
No Name in the Street
by James Baldwin
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This stunningly personal document and extraordinary history of the turbulent sixties and early seventies displays James Baldwin's fury and despair more deeply than any of his other works. In vivid detail he remembers the Harlem childhood that shaped his  [ more ]

  
Nobody Knows My Name
More Notes of a Native Son
by James Baldwin
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Told with Baldwin's characteristically unflinching honesty, this collection of illuminating, deeply felt essays examines topics ranging from race relations in the United States to the role of the writer in society, and offers personal accounts of Richard Wright, Norman Mailer  [ more ]

  
Slaves in the Family by Edward Ball
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Edward Ball, descendant of a seventeenth-century plantation owner in Charleston, South Carolina, chronicles the lives of the people who lived on his ancestors' lands: the African slaves, mulatto children, and his own white landowning relatives. This is the story of  [ more ]

  
The Prisoner's Wife by Asha Bandele
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As a favor for a friend, a bright and talented young woman volunteered to read her poetry to a group of prisoners during a Black History Month program. It was an encounter that would alter her life forever, because it  [ more ]

  
The Autobiography of Leroi Jones
by Imamu Amiri Baraka
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Poet, dramatist, critic, teacher, and political activist Amiri Baraka, born Leroy Jones in 1934, was a driving force in the sixties Black Arts Movement and continues to have a powerful influence on African-American culture. In this candid autobiography, he recounts  [ more ]

  
The Seventh Child by Freddie Mae Baxter
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Told with the irrepressible warmth and humor of a natural-born storyteller, The Seventh Child is the chronicle of a remarkable woman's life. The seventh of eight children, Freddie Mae Baxter was born in 1923 in rural South Carolina. When her  [ more ]

  
A Long Way Gone - Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
by Ishmael Beah
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This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers.  [ more ]

  
Toussaint Louverture - A Biography
by Madison Smartt Bell
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In 1791, Saint Domingue was both the richest and cruelest colony in the Western Hemisphere; more than a third of African slaves died within a few years of their arrival there. Thirteen years later, Haitian rebels declared independence from France  [ more ]

  
Pound for Pound
A Biography of Sugar Ray Robinson
by Herb Boyd
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Hailed by Muhammad Ali as "the king, the master, my idol," Sugar Ray Robinson was the greatest boxer America had seen since Joe Louis and is considered by many today to be, pound for pound, the best boxer the sport  [ more ]

  
Wrapped in Rainbows
The Life of Zora Neale Hurston
by Valerie Boyd
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A woman of enormous talent and remarkable drive, Zora Neale Hurston published seven books, many short stories, and several articles and plays over a career that spanned more than thirty years. Today, nearly every black woman writer of significance  [ more ]


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