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Click for more detail about Animating Black and Brown Liberation: A Theory of American Literatures by Michael Datcher Animating Black and Brown Liberation: A Theory of American Literatures

by Michael Datcher
State University of New York Press (Apr 01, 2019)
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Animating Black and Brown Liberation introduces a vital new tool for reading American literatures. Rooted in both ancient Egyptian ideas about life and cutting-edge theories of animacy, or levels of aliveness, this tool—ankhing—enables Michael Datcher to examine the ways African American and Latinx literatures respond to and ultimately work to resist hegemonic forces of neoliberalism and state-sponsored oppression. Weaving together close readings and politically informed philosophical reflection, Datcher considers the work of writer-activists Toni Cade Bambara, Cherríe Moraga, Gloria Anzaldúa, June Jordan, Salvador Plascencia, and Ishmael Reed, in light of theoretical interventions by Jane Bennett, Mel Y. Chen, Bruno Latour, Michel Foucault, Paulo Freire, and Erica R. Edwards. How, he asks, can cultural production positively influence Black and Brown material conditions and mobilize collective action "off the page"? How can art-based counterpublics provide a foundation for Black and Brown community organizing? What emerges from Datcher’s innovative analysis is a frank assessment of the links between embodied experiences of racialization, as well as a distinctive vision of twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature as a repository of emancipatory strategies with real-world applications.


Click for more detail about Diasporic Blackness: The Life and Times of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg by Vanessa K. Valdés Diasporic Blackness: The Life and Times of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg

by Vanessa K. Valdés
State University of New York Press (Jan 02, 2018)
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Examines the life of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg through the lens of both Blackness and latinidad.

A Black Puerto Rican–born scholar, Arturo Alfonso Schomburg (1874–1938) was a well-known collector and archivist whose personal library was the basis of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. He was an autodidact who matched wits with university-educated men and women, as well as a prominent Freemason, a writer, and an institution-builder.

While he spent much of his life in New York City, Schomburg was intimately involved in the cause of Cuban and Puerto Rican independence. In the aftermath of the Spanish-Cuban-American War of 1898, he would go on to cofound the Negro Society for Historical Research and lead the American Negro Academy, all the while collecting and assembling books, prints, pamphlets, articles, and other ephemera produced by Black men and women from across the Americas and Europe. His curated library collection at the New York Public Library emphasized the presence of African peoples and their descendants throughout the Americas and would serve as an indispensable resource for the luminaries of the Harlem Renaissance, including Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. By offering a sustained look at the life of one of the most important figures of early twentieth-century New York City, this first book-length examination of Schomburg’s life as an Afro-Latino suggests new ways of understanding the intersections of both Blackness and latinidad.

“Essential.” — CHOICE

“…Valdés’s book represents a valuable contribution to the study of the life and work of Schomburg and the history of Puerto Ricans and African-Americans of his moment.” — Centro Voices


Click for more detail about Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write To The New First Lady by Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write To The New First Lady

by Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram
State University of New York Press (Jan 15, 2009)
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Treasury of letters written by African American women to Michelle Obama.

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Click for more detail about Wonderful Ethiopians Of The Ancient Cushite Empire, Book 2: Origin Of  Civilization From The Cushites by Drusilla Dunjee Houston and Peggy Brooks-Bertram Wonderful Ethiopians Of The Ancient Cushite Empire, Book 2: Origin Of Civilization From The Cushites

by Drusilla Dunjee Houston and Peggy Brooks-Bertram
State University of New York Press (Jan 01, 2007)
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Classic history of Ancient Ethiopia, as researched and written by a heralded African American woman activist.

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Click for more detail about Uncrowned Queens, Volume 4: African American Women Community Builders of Oklahoma by Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram Uncrowned Queens, Volume 4: African American Women Community Builders of Oklahoma

by Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram
State University of New York Press (Jan 01, 2007)
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For generations, African American women have served as inspirational community builders and leaders across the United States. The fourth, remarkable volume in an acclaimed series of biographical sketches, Uncrowned Queens, Volume 4 illuminates another one-hundred African American women community leaders in Oklahoma. Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram shift their attention to the American west to speak of the lives, careers, and challenges of African American women whose hard work, savvy, and persistence continue to make a difference in the Sooner State. An indispensable source, this book is essential reading for those wishing to appreciate fully the contribution of African American women to modern America. Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram are cofounders of the Uncrowned Queens Institute for Research and Education on Women, Inc. at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.


Click for more detail about Critical Affinities: Nietzsche And African American Thought (Suny Series, Philosophy And Race) by Jacqueline Scott and A. Todd Franklin Critical Affinities: Nietzsche And African American Thought (Suny Series, Philosophy And Race)

by Jacqueline Scott and A. Todd Franklin
State University of New York Press (Sep 14, 2006)
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Explores convergences between the ideas of Friedrich Nietzsche and African American thought.


Click for more detail about Uncrowned Queens, Volume 3: African American Women Community Builders of Western New York by Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram Uncrowned Queens, Volume 3: African American Women Community Builders of Western New York

by Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram
State University of New York Press (Jan 01, 2005)
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For generations, African American women have served as vibrant community builders and leaders across the United States. The third, wonderful volume in an acclaimed series of biographical sketches, Uncrowned Queens, Volume 3 reveals another one hundred women community leaders in the northeastern United States. Inspired by the centennial of the Niagara Movement, Peggy Brooks-Bertram and Barbara A. Seals Nevergold tell of the worlds, careers, and challenges of African American women whose hard work, savvy, and persistence continue to make a difference. An indispensable source, this book is essential reading for those wishing to appreciate fully the contribution of African American women to modern America. Peggy Brooks-Bertram and Barbara A. Seals Nevergold are cofounders of the Uncrowned Queens Institute for Research and Education on Women, Inc. at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.


Click for more detail about Charles S. Johnson: Leadership Beyond the Veil in the Age of Jim Crow by Patrick J. Gilpin, Marybeth Gasman, and David Levering Lewis Charles S. Johnson: Leadership Beyond the Veil in the Age of Jim Crow

by Patrick J. Gilpin, Marybeth Gasman, and David Levering Lewis
State University of New York Press (Oct 23, 2003)
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The milestones for blacks in twentieth-century America--the Harlem Renaissance, the struggle for equal education, and the civil rights movement--would have been inconceivable without the contributions of one important but often overlooked figure, Charles S. Johnson (1893-1956). This compelling biography demonstrates the scope of his achievements, situates him among other black intellectuals of his time, and casts new light on a pivotal era in the struggle for black equality in America.

An impresario of Harlem Renaissance culture, an eminent Chicago-trained sociologist, a pioneering race relations leader, and an educator of the generation that freed itself from legalized segregation, Johnson was a visionary who linked the everyday struggles of blacks with the larger intellectual and political currents of the day. His distinguished career included twenty-eight years at Fisk University, where he established the famed Race Relations Institute and became Fisk’s first black president.


Click for more detail about Uncrowned Queens, Volume 3: African American Women Community Builders of Western New York by Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram Uncrowned Queens, Volume 3: African American Women Community Builders of Western New York

by Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram
State University of New York Press (Jan 01, 2003)
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For generations, African American women have served as vibrant community builders and strong leaders across the United States. The second in an acclaimed series of biographical sketches, Uncrowned Queens, Volume 2 illuminates the lives of one hundred more women community leaders in the northeastern United States. Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram share the successes and struggles of women whose vision and fortitude resonate today. Readable and informative, this book is essential reading for those wishing to appreciate fully the contribution of African American women to modern America. Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram are cofounders of the Uncrowned Queens Institute for Research and Education on Women, Inc. at University at Buffalo, State University of New York.


Click for more detail about Uncrowned Queens, Volume 1: African American Women Community Builders of Western New York by Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram Uncrowned Queens, Volume 1: African American Women Community Builders of Western New York

by Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram
State University of New York Press (Jan 01, 2002)
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For generations, African American women have served as community builders and leaders across the United States. This unique volume showcases the lives of one hundred of these community leaders in the northeastern United States. Peggy Brooks-Bertram and Barbara A. Seals Nevergold tell movingly of the lives, accomplishments, and challenges of women whose energy, determination, and legacy continue to make a difference. Accessible and informative, this book is indispensable for those wishing to better understand the contribution of African American women to modern America. Peggy Brooks-Bertram and Barbara A. Seals Nevergold are cofounders of the Uncrowned Queens Institute for Research and Education on Women, Inc. at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.




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