Remembering the Life of Rosa Parks
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
By Jeanne Theoharis
“We diminish her legacy making it about a single day, a single act,” says this definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examining her six decades of activism and challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement.
Click to watch the author talk about Rosa Parks’ legacy.
Books to Enrich Black History Month
Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela
From the makers of the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela. This book, which provided key source material for the film, is an unexpurgated collection of the views and opinions of South Africa’s first Black president.
Each chapter of this unique portrait corresponds to a letter of the alphabet, and the letters cover major and minor, unexpected and fascinating themes in Mandela’s life and his impact on others: Athlete, Bully, Comrade, Forgiveness, Indigenous, Jailed, Militant, and President, to name a few.
Waking from the Dream: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King, Jr.
In this arresting and groundbreaking account, the author of A Stone of Hope reveals that, far from coming to an abrupt end with King’s murder, the civil rights movement entered a new phase. It both grew and splintered. These were years when decisive, historic victories were no longer within reach—the movement’s achievements were instead hard-won, and their meanings unsettled. From the fight to pass the Fair Housing Act in 1968 to debates over unity and leadership at the National Black Political Conventions, veterans of the movement struggled to rally around common goals.
Waking from the Dream documents this struggle, including moments when the movement seemed on the verge of dissolution, and the monumental efforts of its members to persevere.
The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation
From the revered historian—winner of nearly every award given in his field—the long-awaited conclusion of his three-volume history of slavery in Western culture that has been more than fifty years in the making.
“This magisterial volume concludes… Davis’s three-volume study of the intellectual, cultural, and moral realities of slavery in the West since classical times… In stately prose and with unparalleled command of his subject, he offers a profound historical examination of the termination of servitude in the West… this is a book of surpassing importance.”
Ruby: A Novel
With its unflinching portrait of twisted morality and inhumanity, and the promise of the redemptive power of love, Ruby will appeal to fans of recent bestsellers The Twelve Tribes of Hattie and Little Bee.
“Bracing….Undeniable….The echoes of Alice Walker and Toni Morrison are clear….A very strong first novel that blends tough realism with the appealing strangeness of a fever dream.”
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