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Click for more detail about African Americans of Tampa (Images of America) by Ersula Knox Odom African Americans of Tampa (Images of America)

by Ersula Knox Odom
Arcadia Publishing (Nov 24, 2014)
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Tampa has a fascinating past that has been wonderfully documented with one exception: African Americans. This culturally rich community is virtually invisible in the eyes of history. Tampa’s population exploded during the early 1900s, and the building boom universally required the skills and talents of African Americans, who provided services, labor, and entrepreneurship in a massive form. They played significant roles in everything from Tampa’s wilderness era to its boomtown years and were key players in the first and second Seminole Wars with their Seminole alliance. African American soldiers captured Fort Brooke during the Civil War and fought in the Spanish-American War. Residents have endured Jim Crow, desegregation, and racial unrest yet thrived as entrepreneurs. Black Cubans, as part of the greater African American community, enabled Tampa’s world-renowned cigar industry. The photographs found in this volume clearly illustrate Tampa’s social and productive African American community.


Click for more detail about Madame Walker Theatre Center: An Indianapolis Treasure by A’Lelia Bundles Madame Walker Theatre Center: An Indianapolis Treasure

by A’Lelia Bundles
Arcadia Publishing (Oct 14, 2013)
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As they watched construction of the block-long flatiron building brick by brick throughout 1927, African American residents of Indianapolis could scarcely contain their pride. This new headquarters of the Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, with its terra-cotta trimmed facade, was to be more than corporate offices and a factory for what then was one of America’s most successful black businesses. In fact, it was designed as "a city within a city," with an African Art Deco theater, ballroom, restaurant, drugstore, beauty salon, beauty school, and medical offices. Generations of African American families met for Sunday dinner at the Coffee Pot, enjoyed first-run movies and live performances in the Walker Theatre, and hosted dances in the Casino. Today, this National Historic Landmark is an arts center anchoring the Indiana Avenue Cultural District.


Click for more detail about Lovesong: Becoming a Jew by Julius Lester Lovesong: Becoming a Jew

by Julius Lester
Arcadia Publishing (Aug 01, 2013)
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Julius Lester was born the son of a black Methodist minister in the south. His book Lovesong is a beautifully written account of his spiritual journey away from the conventions of his Southern heritage and Methodist upbringing, culminating in his personal self-discovery through a conversion to Judaism.

Growing up in the turbulent civil rights era South, Lester was often discouraged by the disconnectedness between the promises of religion and the realities of his life. He used the outlets available to him to try to come to grips with this split and somehow reconcile the injustices he was witnessing with the purity of religion. He became a controversial writer and commentator, siding with neither blacks nor whites in his unconventional viewpoints. He became a luminal figure of the times, outside of the conventional labels of race, religion, politics, or philosophy.

Lester’s spiritual quest would take him through the existential landscape of his Southern, Christian upbringing, into his ancestry, winding through some of the holiest places on the planet and into the spiritual depths of the world’s major religious cultures. His odyssey of faith would unexpectedly lead him to discovering Judaism as his true spiritual calling.


Click for more detail about And All Our Wounds Forgiven: A Novel by Julius Lester And All Our Wounds Forgiven: A Novel

by Julius Lester
Arcadia Publishing (Aug 01, 2012)
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When John Calvin Marshall graduated from Harvard in 1956, he was prepared for a life of teaching and relative tranquility. But history had another plan for him: here, a veteran author re-envisions the Martin Luther King Jr. story in fearful, exciting, and violent terms. Political and provocative, And All Our Wounds Forgiven is both a compelling political fable and a striking and tender love story about one of this century’s most charismatic black leaders and the two women he loved.


Click for more detail about African Americans In Chicago (Images Of America) (Images Of America (Arcadia Publishing)) by Lowell D. Thompson African Americans In Chicago (Images Of America) (Images Of America (Arcadia Publishing))

by Lowell D. Thompson
Arcadia Publishing (Feb 06, 2012)
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The story of black Chicago is so rich that few know it all. It began long before the city itself. "The first white man here was a black man," Potowatami natives reportedly said about Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, the brown-skinned man recognized as Chicago’s first non-Indian settler. It’s all here: from the site of DuSable’s cabin—now smack-dab in the middle of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile—to images of famous and infamous residents like boxers Jack Johnson, Muhammad Ali, and Joe Louis. Here are leaders and cultural touchstones like Jesse Binga’s bank, Robert S. Abbott’s Chicago Defender, legendary filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, Ida B. Wells, the Eighth Regiment, Jesse Jackson, Oprah, and much more . . . including a guy named Obama. Here is the black Chicago family album, of folks who made and never made the headlines, and pictures and stories of kinship and fellowship of African Americans leaving the violent, racist South and "goin’ to Chicago" to find their piece of the American Dream. Chicago has been called the "Second City," but black Chicago is second to none.


Click for more detail about Falling Pieces of the Broken Sky by Julius Lester Falling Pieces of the Broken Sky

by Julius Lester
Arcadia Publishing (Oct 01, 1990)
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The author recounts his political and spiritual odyssey during the past ten years, discussing anti-Semitism, James Baldwin’s work and legacy, video games, pollution in space, suicide, the Holocaust, and more