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Lorde, Audre

Summary: "First published over forty years ago, The Cancer Journals is a startling, powerful account of Audre Lorde's experience with breast cancer and mastectomy. Long before narratives explored the silences around illness and women's pain, Lorde questioned the rules of conformity for women's body images and supported the need to confront physical loss not hidden by prosthesis. Living as a "black,...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Penguin Books 2020

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Weatherford, Carole Boston

Summary: The story of Fannie Lou Hamer, who was a champion of civil rights; despite fierce prejudice and abuse, from the 1950s until her death in 1977.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2016

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Juvenile Digital Video Disc, Call number: DVD JUV VOI

Weatherford, Carole Boston

Summary: Presents a collage-illustrated treasury of poems and spirituals inspired by the life and work of civil rights advocate Fannie Lou Hamer.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Candlewick Press 2015

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 921 HAM

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: JB HAMER WEA

Jess, Tyehimba

Summary: "Part fact, part fiction, Tyehimba Jess's much anticipated second book weaves sonnet, song, and narrative to examine the lives of mostly unrecorded African American performers directly before and after the Civil War up to World War I. Olio is an effort to understand how they met, resisted, complicated, co-opted, and sometimes defeated attempts to minstrelize them,"--Amazon.com

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Wave Books 2016

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 811 JES

Slade, Suzanne

Summary: Introduces the life and work of Gwendolyn Brooks, from her early love of poetry and her first published poems as a girl in Chicago through her financial struggles as an adult during the Depression to winning the Pulitzer Prize for her second book.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Abrams Books for Young Readers 2020

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 921 BRO

Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Alvar

Summary: "This edition of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca'a Relacion offers readers Rolena Adorno and Patrick Charles Pautz's celebrated translation of Cabeza de Vaca's account of the 1527 Panfilo de Narvaez expedition to North America. The dramatic narrative tells the story of some of the first Europeans and the first-known African to encounter the North American wilderness and its Native inhabitants. It is...

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Publisher / Publication Date: University of Nebraska Press 2003

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Gregson, Susan R.

Summary: Examines the life of Phillis Wheatley, the first African-American woman to publish a book, discussing her early life as a slave in Boston in the 1700s, the education and kind treatment she received from her owners, her experiences after being granted her freedom, and her later years.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Bridgestone Books 2002

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1 available in Stacks, Call number: JB WHEATLEY GRE

Summary: "The Kresge Eminent Artist Award honors an exceptional artist in the visual, performing or literary arts for lifelong professional achievements and contributions to metropolitan Detroit's cultural community. Gloria House is the 2019 Kresge Eminent Artist. This monograph celebrates her life and work." -- Title page.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Kresge Foundation 2019

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 HOUSE, GLORIA LIF

Withers, Ernest C.

Summary: "Ernest C. Withers was one of the most prominent African-American photographers during the civil rights years. During the course of his work, he took thousands photographs that document the Movement--from the Emmett Till trial in 1955 to the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968. What set his work apart was that he goes beyond the political struggles to show the human face of Movement....

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Publisher / Publication Date: CityFiles Press 2019

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 323.1196 WIT

Summary: This comprehensive guide to modern poetry in English covers 1,500 poets, including poets from Britain, America, New Zealand, Trinidad, and Zimbabwe. Many of the contributors are themselves celebrated poets, including Tom Paulin and Seamus Heaney.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Oxford University Press 1996

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 821 OXF

Summary: Celebrate African American history with this historic collection of stories. Collection includes: Rosa ; Henry's freedom box ; Lincoln and Douglass ; and, Ellington was not a street. Bonus interview with Nikki Giovanni. Bonus interview with Ellen Levine.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2017

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1 available in Juvenile Digital Video Disc, Call number: DVD JUV STO

Summary: From Maxine Kumin in 1973 to Eamon Grennan in 1996, including Amy Clampitt, Marilyn Hacker, Paul Muldoon, Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, and U.S. poet laureates Robert Hass, Robert Pinsky, Louise Gluck, and Charles Simic, "Poetry in Person" follows an extraordinary range of poets as they create their poems and offers numerous illustrations of the original drafts, which bring their processes to...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Alfred A. Knopf 2010

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 811.608 POE

Jackson, Angela

Summary: Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks is one of the great American literary icons of the twentieth century, a protégé of Langston Hughes and mentor to a generation of poets, including Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, and Elizabeth Alexander. Her poetry took inspiration from the complex portraits of black American life she observed growing up on Chicago's South Side, a world of kitchenette...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Beacon Press 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 BROOKS, GWENDOLYN JAC

Greenfield, Eloise.

Summary: Describes the period of the 20th century when many African Americans left the South to make better lives for themselves in the northern states.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Amistad 2011

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: J811 GRE

Gallagher, Brigid.

Summary: A biography on Langston Hughes, the American poet and playwright.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Heinemann Library 2013

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: J 921 HUG

Ryan, April

Summary: In The Presidency in Black and White, journalist April Ryan gives readers a compelling and personal behind-the-scenes look at race relations in contemporary America from the epicenter of American power and policy making--the White House, her beat since 1997. On behalf of the American Urban Radio Networks, and through her "Fabric of America" news blog, she delivers her readership and listeners...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Rowman & Littlefield 2015

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 305.8 RYA

Patrick, Denise Lewis

Summary: The A Girl Named series tells the stories of how ordinary American girls grew up to be extraordinary American women. Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in 1955, but how did she come to be so brave?

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Publisher / Publication Date: Scholastic Inc. 2018

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Moyers, Bill D.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Doubleday 1995

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 811.54 MOY

Whitman, Walt

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Oxford University Press 2004

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 811.3 WHI

Whitman, Walt 1819-1892

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Publisher / Publication Date: David R. Godine 1999

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 818.3 WHI

Baram, Marcus

Summary: In this biography, Marcus Baram--an acquaintance of Gil Scott-Heron's--will trace the volatile journey of a troubled musical genius. Baram will chart Scott-Heron's musical odyssey, from Chicago to Tennessee to New York: a drug addict's twisted path to redemption and enduring fame. In Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man, Marcus Baram puts the complicated icon into full focus.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: St. Martin's Press 2014

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 SCOTT-HERON, GIL BAR

Scott-Heron, Gil

Summary: A personal account by the late musician and poet traces the story of his life, career, and history-making 1981 tour at the side of Stevie Wonder to raise support for the establishment of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Grove Press 2012

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 SCOTT-HERON, GIL SCO

Imani, Blair

Summary: "A powerful illustrated history of the Great Migration and its sweeping impact on Black and American culture, from Reconstruction to the rise of hip hop. Over the course of six decades, an unprecedented wave of Black Americans left the South and spread across the nation in search of a better life--a migration that sparked stunning demographic and cultural changes in twentieth-century America....

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Ten Speed Press 2020

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1 available in New Non-fiction, Call number: 741.5 IMA

Kengor, Paul

Summary: A portrait of Frank Marshall Davis, an American communist and mentor to President Obama, discusses his beliefs, pro-communist writings for newspapers in Chicago and Honolulu, and influence on the young future president.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Threshold Editions/Mercury Ink 2012

Copies Available at Interlochen

1 available in Adult- Biography, Call number: 921 Kengor 2012

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