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In this work--the most comprehensive collection of African American folktales ever published--scholars Gates and Tatar assemble folktales, myths, and legends that revitalize a vibrant African American past. In addition to nearly 150 stories, Gates and Tatar also provide essays and annotations, related African tales, and an exploration of how the folktales have been misappropriated by, among others, Walt Disney. Their work reminds us that stories not only move, entertain, and instruct but, more fundamentally, inspire and keep hope alive.
By placing ordinary characters in extraordinary situations, Adjei-Brenyah reveals the violence, injustice, and painful absurdities that black men and women contend with every day in the United States. The stories in "Friday Black" tackle urgent instances of racism and cultural unrest, and explore the many ways we fight for humanity in an unforgiving world. Overall, the collection confronts readers with a complicated, insistent, wrenching chorus of emotions, the final note of which, remarkably, is hope.
In the height of the civil rights movement of the 1960s, author and poet Robert Penn Warren interviewed many of its key leaders, including James Baldwin, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X. A year later he published an account of these conversations blended with his own reflections in "Who Speaks for the Negro?", but the full interviews were never published. "Free All Along" presents the full-length interviews as original documents, bringing to life these vital historic voices of America's civil rights generation.
In the late 1940s, it was lawsuits filed by young women and their parents that forced lawyers to take up desegregation and bring it to the Supreme Court. Then, following Brown v. Board of Education, girls far outnumbered boys in volunteering to desegregate all-white schools. Devlin tells the remarkable stories of these desegregation pioneers, explaining why black girls were seen, and saw themselves, as responsible for the work of reaching across the color line in public schools.
Spanning more than two hundred years, "An African American and Latinx History of the United States" is a revolutionary narrative history. A bottom-up history told from the interconnected vantage points of Latinx and African Americans, it reveals the radically different ways that people of the diaspora have addressed issues still plaguing the United States today, and it offers a way forward in the continued struggle for universal civil rights.
In the rubble-strewn streets of U.S.-occupied Baghdad, Hadi collects human body parts and stitches them together to create a corpse. His goal, he claims, is for the government to recognize the parts as people and give them proper burial. But then the corpse goes missing. When a wave of eerie murders sweeps the city and reports stream in of a horrendous-looking criminal who cannot be killed, Hadi soon realizes he's created a monster, one that needs human flesh to survive, first from the guilty, and then from anyone in its path.
Perdita and Harriet may appear to be an average British schoolgirl and working mother, respectively. But, there are indications otherwise. For one, they share a gold-painted apartment with surprisingly verbal vegetation. For another, there's the gingerbread they make, which is very popular in Druhástrana, the far-away (non-existent?) land of Harriet's youth. The world's truest lover of the gingerbread, however, is Harriet's charismatic and curious childhood friend Gretel. When Perdita sets out to find her, it prompts a new telling of Harriet's story.
Late one spring night, Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant living in California, is walking across a darkened intersection when he is killed by a speeding car. The repercussions of his death bring together a diverse cast of relatives, friends, and neighbors. As the characters--deeply divided by race, religion, and class--tell their stories, connections among them emerge, even as Driss's family confronts its secrets, a town faces its hypocrisies, and love, messy and unpredictable, is born.