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How do we balance the desire for tales of exceptional accomplishment with the need for painful doses of reality? How hard do we work to remember our past or to forget it? These are some of the questions that Jonathan Scott Holloway addresses in this exploration of race memory from the dawn of the...
Glenda Gilmore

Jane Dailey, Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore, Bryant Simon, Eds. White supremacy shaped all aspects of post-Civil War southern life, yet its power was never complete or total. The form of segregation and subjection nicknamed Jim Crow constantly had to remake itself over time even as white southern...

Through a personal essay written by the collector Dawn Davies and a series of thirty-one essays written by Dr. Erica James, Assistant Professor of the History of Art and African American Studies at Yale University and founding director of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, the text [of Love...

Kamari Maxine Clarke and Mark Goodale, Eds. Mirrors of Justice is a groundbreaking study of the meanings of and possibilities for justice in the contemporary world. The book brings together a group of both prominent and emerging scholars to reconsider the relationships between justice,...

Elizabeth Alexander crafted the poem for the occasion, drawing inspiration from poets such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Hayden, and Walt Whitman. Alexander is one of our nation’s most eloquent poets, and she spoke at the most closely watched inauguration in U.S. history. Alexander is the...
David Blight

No historical event has left as deep an imprint on America’s collective memory as the Civil War. In the war’s aftermath, Americans had to embrace and cast off a traumatic past. David Blight explores the perilous path of remembering and forgetting, and reveals its tragic costs to race relations and...
Hazel Carby

Who are the “race men” standing for black America? It is a question Hazel Carby rejects, along with its long-standing assumption: that a particular type of black male can represent the race. A searing critique of definitions of black masculinity at work in American culture, Race Men shows how these...
Kobena Mercer

Romare Bearden Foundation | July 2012 | ISBN: 978-0615202914 | Pbk., 134 pages View Kobena Mercer’s faculty page: Kobena Mercer
Elijah Anderson

In a powerful, revealing portrait of city life, Anderson explores the dilemma of both blacks and whites, the underclass and the middle class, caught up in the new struggle not only for common ground—prime real estate in a racially changing neighborhood—but for shared moral community. Blacks and...

In The Black Interior, poet Elizabeth Alexander explores a wide spectrum of contemporary African American artistic life through literature, paintings, film, and popular media, and discusses its place in current culture. She examines the vital role of such heavyweight literary figures as Gwendolyn...

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