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The African American Experience in the United States: Books in the HCC Libraries

Covers: The history of policing and African American communities in the United States The history of racism and discrimination in the United States, "white privilege", systemic racism

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Author: Walters, Ronald W. and Robert C. Smith

Summary: "Written by two preeminent scholars of the subject, this book provides a panoramic view of the theory, research, and praxis of African American leadership. Walters and Smith offer a great deal to students of black leadership, as well as important strategy and policy recommendations for black leaders."

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Author: Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele ; with a foreword by Angela Davis.
Summary: "A poetic and powerful memoir about what it means to be a Black woman in America--and the founding of a movement that demands restorative justice for all in the land of the free.


Author: Wesley Lowery
Summary: A deeply reported book that brings alive the quest for justice in the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray, offering both unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America and an intimate, moving portrait of those working to end it. Conducting hundreds of interviews over the course of more than one year of reporting on the ground, Washington Post writer Wesley Lowery traveled from Ferguson, Missouri, to Cleveland, Ohio; Charleston, South Carolina; and Baltimore, Maryland, and then back to Ferguson to uncover life inside the most heavily policed, if otherwise neglected, corners of America today.
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Author: Salman Akhtar
Summary: The African American Experience: Psychoanalytic Perspectives edited by Salman Akhtar brings together the contributions of distinguished mental health professionals and scholars of humanities to offer a multifaceted perspective on the transgenerational trauma of slavery, the hardship of single parent families, the ruthlessness of anti-black racism, and the crushing burden of poverty and social disenfranchisement on the African American individual. The book also sheds light on the resilience of spirit, the dignity of perseverance, and the glow of talent that is widespread in this group.
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Author: Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cornel West
Summary: Black Americans are at the heart of the greatest achievements of our history, from music to law, from politics to sports, from literature to religion. Now the two leading African-American intellectuals of our day show us why the twentieth century was The African-American Century, with one hundred original profiles of the most influential African Americans from W. E. B. Du Bois to Oprah Winfrey.


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Author: Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Donald Yacovone
Summary: Chronicles five hundred years of African-American history from the origins of slavery on the African continent through Barack Obama's second presidential term, examining contributing political and cultural events.
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Author: Christopher S. Collins and Alexander Jun.
Summary: Colleges across the country, and the nation as a whole continue to be divided along racial lines. White Out: Understanding White Privilege and Dominance in the Modern Age is about the role of Whiteness and a defense of White dominance in an increasingly diverse society.
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Author: Naomi Zack.
Summary: "Examining racial profiling in American politics, philosopher Naomi Zack argues against white privilege discourse while introducing a new theory of applicative justice.