Third World Press

For more than 35 years, Third World Press has brought the reading public books that encourage creativity, inspire intellect, engender pride and spur engaged and informed critical debate over issues of race, culture, politics, and social health.  Their promise and claim has been that they are not to let the few precious, motionless moments pass them without reading for their knowledge, interest, or entertainment.

The tittles that TWP publish are indeed indicative of their pledge and steadfast goal to remain committed to giving insightful, progressive works by and about people of the African Diaspora a platform.  The titles below are just a small sample of the work they have published over the years.

Progressive Black Publishing Since 1967

Third World Press
7822 S. Dobson Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60619  

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by Gloria Naylor

ISBN: 0883782634
Format: Paperback, 175pp
Pub. Date: July 2005
Publisher: Third World Press

Gloria Naylor, one of the most celebrated and successful black writers in recent history, has authored this fictionalized memoir of how an invasion of privacy can be taken to the extreme.

After having published critically-acclaimed novels like The Women of Brewster Place and Mama Day, Naylor returns with 1996 . In this startling account, we find Naylor buying a house on St. Helena Island, off the coast of South Carolina. Here she seeks to enjoy life, relax, write in peace, and tend to her garden. However, Naylor's tranquility is ruined by a woman who feels threatened by her presence. This woman's fears spur a massive covert surveillance operation against Naylor in 1996.

For the author, this seems to be just another example of how racism usually translates into gross misunderstanding. This gut-wrenching will certainly be a talker.

The Covenant with Black America
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Tavis Smiley (Editor)

ISBN: 0883782774
Format: Paperback, 254pp
Pub. Date: February 2006
Publisher: Third World Press

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Established publishing house, Third World Press, Inc., joins noted author and broadcaster, Tavis Smiley, to create The Covenant with Black America, a step-by-step how-to manual for taking action against the political, economical, physiological and medical issues threatening black society. The Covenant addressing 10 of the most pressing issues facing black America, providing provocative breakdowns of each issue, as well as specific directions on how politicians, corporations and individuals can make important changes necessary for the survival of black people.

Run Toward Fear: New Poems and a Poet's Handbook
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by Haki R. Madhubuti

ISBN: 0883782650
Format: Paperback, 80pp
Pub. Date: June 2004

Haki R. Madhubuti minces no words in Run Toward Fear, a powerful new collection of poetry. Run Toward Fear offers readers a mixture of poems that challenge and cause both reflection and question on many of the headline issues that have launched this century. Madhubuti includes poignant moving tributes to Jacob Carruthers, Gwendolyn Brooks and Amiri Baraka, as well as, heartfelt words that provide comfort and guidance to the families of the twenty-one who lost their lives in Chicago's E-2 night club tragedy.

Madhubuti, motivated by constant requests from younger poets and teachers of poetry to share his insights on writing and the art of producing poetry, offers an added extra in Run Toward Fear. The final section of the book, �A Poet's Handbook, provides personal and sometimes anecdotal insights on the craft of writing poetry. The �Handbook� serves as a practical answer to the book's final poem �For the Consideration of Poets.�

�Again and again, Haki R. Madhubuti gives us necessary words that shine bright light in challenging times�
�Elizabeth Alexander

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by Aneb Kgositsile House

ISBN: 0883782499
Format: Paperback, 56pp
Pub. Date: April 2004

This collection of poetry explores the beauty that exist in

�With the same intimate voice that she offers warning on Writing Your Soul, in Shrines, Aneb offers safe passage of places of pilgrimage and sacred remembrance�
Haki R. Madhubuti

Aneb Kgositsile House (Gloria House, Ph.D) is professor emerita of Interdisciplinary Studies Program of Wayne State University in Detroit and an activist in the African-American and Third World liberation movements.

They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems
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by Quraysh A. Lansana

ISBN: 088378257X
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: April 2004

�Many of the poems in this volume are small miracles and do the main job of art: They turn something you think you already know into a mystery and deepen your understanding of what you thought you knew. Harriet Tubman is one of the heroines of African American History and many of us are familiar with the outlines of her story as told in numerous historical and biographical tracts. Lansana tells us about Tubman, the woman, who though a warrior, was also a person with human needs and inner conflicts. Lansana wisely adds flesh and bones to the myth of Harriet Tubman.�
�Calvin Forbes, poet, professor, and author of The Shine Poems.

Quraysh Ali Lansana is author of the poetry collection Southside Rain (Third World Press, 2000); a children's book, The Big World (Addison-Wesley, 1999); and a poetry chapbook, cockroach children: corner poems and street psalms (nappyhead press, 1995). He is the editor of Glencoe/McGraw-Hill 's African American Literature Reader (Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 2001), He is also co-editor of Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art (Third World Press, 2002). He is currently Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing and an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Chicago State University. Quraysh lives in Chicago with his wife and sons.

Race, Rage, and Roses
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by Regina Jennings

ISBN: 0883782413
Format: Paperback, 72pp
Pub. Date: June 2003

�Regina Jennings' poetry gathers our spirits in one place and shouts hallelujah for all victories over guile, brutality, loneliness, misunderstandings, and oppression. She is a major poet whose voice will be heard again and again when it seems that we have lost our way. Precise, clean, sharp, mellow with sound, and blossoming with meaning, the poems in this book will become our classics�.
�Molefi Kete Asante

Dr. Regina Jennings teaches African-American Literature at Rutgers University. She is author of Midnight Morning Musings: Poems of an American African(1998). Her scholarly monographs are The Malcolm X Muse in the Poetic Vision of Haki Madhubuti: Issues of Memory and Maleness under review and The Poetry of the Black Panther Party inprogress. She is published in numerous journals and books including Pennsylvania English, The Journal of Black Studies, The Western Journal of Black Studies, Language and Literature and the African-American Imagination, A Psychological and Multi-cultural View of History, The Black Urban Community, Maud Martha: A Critical Collection.

LaBrigada: Spain (1933 - 1939)
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by Cranston Knight

ISBN: 0883782405
Format: Paperback, 92pp
Pub. Date: October 2003

LaBrigada: Spain (1933-1939) is about the people of color of La Brigada,� the international brigade that fought in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939. It is also about Spain's impact on these individuals who supported, opposed, and observed the war. It is about those who struggled in a time vortex to save millions in a forgotten war, a forgotten country. The poems are the voices of the African-Americans, the words of the Hispanics, the songs of the Spanish, and the cries of the dying children.

Cranston Knight is a Professor of History and teaches at the Malcolm X College. His work has appeared in both scholarly and literary journals. Professor Knight's books include, On the Borders of Hiroshima: I heard a Rumor of War, In the Garden of the Beast: Vietnam Cries a Love Song, Freedom Song and Tour of Duty: Vietnam in the Words of Those Who Were There. He also lectures at various colleges and universities throughout the country. As an Afro-Latino poet, his voice is rich in the Latino-Africano culture and tradition.

My Thoughts Your Journal Our Books
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by Abe Thompson

ISBN: 0883782502
Format: Paperback

"This book is inspired by Mr. Thompson's dream to leave a message to his son and others starting out on the road to a better life. This book is a collage of information derived from many years of experience as an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, friend, husband, and most importantly, father.

Abe Thompson has created the ultimate interactive book. He forces readers to think, while giving them the rare opportunity to jot these thoughts down in the book itself. Half journal, half pearls of wisdom, Thompson has given us a rare gem that should be cherished by readers of all ages."
�Melvin Claxton, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter

Abe Thompson has been a radio broadcaster for over 20 years. He has worked in various management positions in Chicago and Detroit. Mr. Thompson is President and CEO of Partnership Radio, Inc., which owns radio stations in small markets. In addition to his career in broadcasting, he is a motivational speaker and educator.

Lot's Daughters
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by Opal Moore

Lot's Daughters uses the black migration from the American south to the north as a motif to suggest a deeper journey of body and spirit. Many people look at our current challenges and problems and can think of nothing but how to go back to "the way we were."

"The amazing poems in Lot's Daughters will make you remember why you loved poetry in the first place. Opal Moore's poems are passionate slices of African-American womanhood. Longing for love without compromise and bursting with the glorious complexity of our contradictions, these beautifully crafted poems are capable of breaking your heart with their clear-eyed acceptance of the pain of living and their unshakeable belief in the possibility of Paradise."
Pearl Cleage

Opal Moore, Associate Professor of English teaching fiction and poetry writing and African American literature, serves as Chair of the Department of English at Spelman College in Atlanta GA. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in various literary journals and anthologies, including Callaloo Magazine, Connecticut Review, Honey, Hush! An Anthology of African American Women's Humor, and Homeplaces: Stories of the South by Women Writers. Her collection of poems, Lot's Daughers, has been accepted for publication by Third World Press in Chicago. Currently she is creating a suite of poems, �The Children of Middle Passage,� for The Delfina Project, a collaborative performance art work inspired by the images of contemporary artist, Arturo Lindsay.

Maud Martha: A Novel
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by Gwendolyn Brooks

ISBN: 0883780615
Format: Paperback, 180pp
Pub. Date: May 1993
Publisher: Third Word Press

Maud Martha was the first novel by world_class poet Gwendolyn Brooks. It is the story of a woman with doubts about herself and her place in an indifferent world. It is also a story of triumph, the triumph of the lowly. Through Brooks's straightforward and honest portrayal of the novel's heroine, the reader is forced to come face_to_face with Maud Martha and recognize that her essence resides deep within every one of us. Within this honest and intimate story of one woman's struggles and failures, Brooks's incandescent poetic language shines through.
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Tough Notes: A Healing Call for Creating Exceptional Black Men
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by Haki R. Madhubuti

Format: Hardcover, 150pp.
ISBN: 0883782367
Publisher: Third World Press
Pub. Date: May 2002 

From the Preface
...The most pressing reason for Tough Notes is my personal response to the hundreds of letters, notes and telephone calls I have received over the years from prisoners and students -- mainly young black men (many without caring or existing fathers), seeking guidance and a kind word.  This work is for them and other young men and women systematically locked out of this nation's wealth, benefits and opportunities.

A Call to Men...
...At all times, Black men need to think and reevaluate where they are as men, co-workers, lovers, husbands, fathers and brothers in a healthy and developmental manner.  This requires work, serious study and a profound commitment to quality relationships at all levels of human interaction.

Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art
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Editors Tony Medina, Samiya A. Bashir and Quraysh Ali Lansana

Format: Paperback, 500pp.
ISBN: 0883782391
Publisher: Third World Press
Pub. Date: February 2002

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What is the role of today's emerging young artists in the current struggle for equality and justice? How do the voices of the neXt generation define the issues and politics of today?

Role Call is just that. It's a role call of a new generation of Black writers and artists. It is an exploration of our current cultural landscape in poetry, fiction, essays, visual arts and theater-on-the-page. This groundbreaking anthology is the litmus test--and a call to arms--of a generation grown fat on the limited freedoms won by the civil rights struggle. Role Call takes on issues of race, sexuality, education, nationalism, spirituality, AIDS, globalization, hip hop and the rise of the prison industrial complex. Role Call is a journey through the tropics of black rage, black love and black fire.

About the Editors: Tony Medina, professor, poet, activist, is the author of the poetry collections Emerge & See, No Noose Is Good Noose, and Sermons From the Smell of a Carcass Condemned to Begging; a children's book, DeShawn Days; and is co-editor of In Defense of Mumia. Samiya A. Bashir, is a poet, writer and books editor for numerous publications and websites including Black Issues Book Review, Curve and Ms. magazines. Quraysh Ali Lansana is the author of three poetry collections, including southside rain and cockroach children: corner poems and street psalms; a children's book, The Big World; and editor of three anthologies, including Glencoe/McGraw-Hill's: African American Literature Reader.

The DestructionDestruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D.
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by Chancellor Williams

ISBN: 0883780305
Format: Paperback, 384pp
Pub. Date: May 1975
Publisher: Third World Press

Edition Description: REVISED

The Destruction of Black Civilization took Chancellor Williams sixteen years of research and field study to compile. The book, which was to serve as a reinterpretation of the history of the African race, was intended to be "a general rebellion against the subtle message from even the most 'liberal' white authors (and their Negro disciples): 'You belong to a race of nobodies. You have no worthwhile history to point to with pride.'" The book was written at a time when many black students, educators, and scholars were starting to piece together the connection between the way their history was taught and the way they were perceived by others and by themselves. They began to question assumptions made about their history and took it upon themselves to create a new body of historical research. The book is premised on the question: "If the Blacks were among the very first builders of civilization and their land the birthplace of civilization, what has happened to them that has left them since then, at the bottom of world society, precisely what happened? The Caucasian answer is simple and well-known: The Blacks have always been at the bottom." Williams instead contends that many elements�nature, imperialism, and stolen legacies� have aided in the destruction of the black civilization.
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Gil Scott-Heron

 ISBN: 0883781336
Format: Paperback, 83pp
Pub. Date: January 1991
Publisher: Third World Press
Edition Description: 1st ed

One glance at So Far, So Good and it becomes evident that this is not merely a collection of a song writer's lyrics. The song-poems of this undisputed "Bluesologist" triumphantly stand on their own, evoking the rhythm and urgency which have distinguished Gil Scott-Heron's 20 year career. This collection carries the reader from the global topics of political hypocrisy and the dangers posed by Capitalist culture to painfully personal themes and the realities of African American life. Always, Scott-Heron supports his mission of unveiling America's hypocrisy and inaction with hope for an African American future of self liberation.

GroundworkGroundwork: Selected Poems of Haki R. Madhubuti Don L. Lee (1966-1996)
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by Haki R. Madhubuti

ISBN: 0883781727
Format: Hardcover, 356pp
Pub. Date: June 2000
Publisher: Third World Press

Haki Madhubuti is one of the foremost Black poets and has been in the vanguard of Black letters for more than 25 years. He has perfected the ability to combine politics and poetry in a powerful and unique style that is both accessible and profound. GroundWork: Selected Poems from 1966-1996 is a landmark collection of Madhubuti's poetic vision for and critique of African-Americans and American society as a whole. From "But He Was Cool" and "One Sided Shoot-out" to "White People are People Too" and "Too Many of Our Young are Dying", GroundWork is a compendium of verse that is both thoughtful, memorable, and represents some of the best work in a generation of American poets of any color. -- Midwest Book Review

Magic of Juju: An Appreciation of the Black Arts Movement
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by Kalamu ya Salaam

ISBN: 0883781964
Format: Paperback, 300pp
Pub. Date: Winter 2004
Publisher: Third World Press
Edition Description: 2ND

BAM's Historical Background

When discussing social movements, establishing start and stop dates is often an arbitrary exercise. BAM is particularly difficult to pin down to a specific start and stop date because of the nature of its beginning in far flung, grassroots activities which were often unrelated to each other. Nevertheless, if we claim that BAM was an important movement then we need to be able to locate this movement in history. In keeping with our L/N/L conceptual model, I mark the beginning point of BAM in the national phase and the end point of BAM in the disruption/decline of the second grassroots phase.

From this perspective, BAM begins in 1965, catalyzed into action by the assassination of Malcolm X in February 1965 which propelled a number of forces to make definitive moves and declarations. As we will see, LeRoi Jones joined forces with other Black activists/artists to found the Black Arts Repertory Theatre/School (BART/S) in March of 1965. Also, the staff of Black Dialogue decided to dedicate their 1965 debut issue to Malcolm. Additionally, with the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Bill, the Civil Rights Movement was effectively ended and the stage was set for "Black Power" which "officially" begins as a social movement in 1966 but which, like BAM, had already been set in motion at the grassroots level prior to achieving national recognition.

I designate 1976 as a transition point for BAM mainly because by then Broadside Press had gone into hiatus, The Journal of Black Poetry had ceased publication, and in April of 1976 Black World was shut down by John Johnson, the publisher. In a later chapter, I will discuss the ramifications of these and other factors in the decline of BAM activity. Although I use 1976 as a formal end point for the purposes of this study, I do not mark 1976 as the death of BAM.
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