3 Books Published by North Atlantic Books on AALBC — Book Cover Collage

Click for more detail about Dude, Where’s My Black Studies Department?: The Disappearance of Black Americans from Our Universities by Cecil Brown Dude, Where’s My Black Studies Department?: The Disappearance of Black Americans from Our Universities

by Cecil Brown
North Atlantic Books (Apr 01, 2007)
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WINNER, 2008 PEN Oakland - Josephine Miles National Literary Award

Blacks have been vanishing from college campuses in the United States and reappearing in prisons, videos, and movies. Cecil Brown tackles this unwitting disappearing act head on, paying special attention to the situation at UC Berkeley and the University of California system generally. Brown contends that educators have ignored the importance of the oral tradition in African American upbringing, an oversight mirrored by the media. When these students take exams, their abilities are not tested. Further, university officials, administrators, professors, and students are ignoring the phenomenon of the disappearing black student - in both their admissions and hiring policies. With black studies departments shifting the focus from African American and black community interests to black immigrant issues, says Brown, the situation is becoming dire. Dude, Where’s My Black Studies Department? offers both a scorching critique and a plan for rethinking and reform of a crucial but largely unacknowledged problem in contemporary society.


Click for more detail about I, Stagolee by Cecil Brown I, Stagolee

by Cecil Brown
North Atlantic Books (Nov 01, 2005)
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It’s the birth year of Ragtime music, 1895, and Lee "Stagolee" Shelton, a St. Louis pimp, murders Billy Lyons, a political gang member. Afterwards, Stagolee makes a deal with Judge Murphy to bring order to the underworld. As a member of a group of pimps called the "Stags," Stagolee makes alliances with the Democratic Party and votes for a Democratic Mayor. Later, the Stag Party, along with the Democratic Party, elects St. Louis’s first black policeman. It is this policeman who is sent to arrest Stagolee for the murder of Billy Lyons. Now, nearly 50 years after singer Lloyd Price introduced mainstream audiences to the "Stagger Lee" story, Cecil Brown portrays the events that gave rise to this mainstay of African-American popular culture. This follows the successful Stagolee Shot Billy, Brown’s nonfiction account of the same story.


Click for more detail about Compassionate Touch: The Body’s Role in Emotional Healing and Recovery by Clyde W. Ford Compassionate Touch: The Body’s Role in Emotional Healing and Recovery

by Clyde W. Ford
North Atlantic Books (Jul 15, 1999)
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This chiropractor’s guide to uncovering the emotional and psychological sources of physical pain includes exercises that made be done individually or with a trusted partner. 14 charts.