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For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage of his life, he's sought in his explorations of history answers to the mysteries that surrounded him - most urgently, why he, and other black people, seemed to live in fear.
A provocative and humorous memoir-in-essays that explores the ever-shifting definitions of what it means to be Black (and male) in America.
A memoir by the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, explaining the movement's position of love, humanity, and justice, challenging perspectives that have negatively labelled their activists while calling for essential political changes.
The first of Maya Angelou's five volumes of autobiography, in which she evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of a white skin and suffers the trauma of rape by her mother's lover.
Urgent, controversial and unsparingly honest, this book is destined to become a vital text for anti-racist and social justice movements in Canada, as well as a potent antidote to the all-too-present complacency of many white Canadians.
A Super Bowl Champion, three-time Pro Bowl defensive end, fearless activist, feminist, organiser, and change maker adds his voice to discussions of racism, police violence, protest and the responsibility of athletes to speak out against injustice.
So what if it's true that Black women are mad as hell? They have the right to be. In the Black feminist tradition of Audre Lorde, Brittney Cooper reminds us that anger is a powerful source of energy that can give us the strength to keep on fighting.
The author's first encounter with a racialised America came at age seven, when her parents told her they named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man.
Growing up in poor, rural Mississippi, Ward was painfully aware of the hardship of Black life. Ward makes her readers aware that the problematic relationship between racism and poverty accounts for the precarious nature of Black life in America.
Roxane Gay has long written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health.
Kendall argues that the modern feminist movement has failed to address the needs of all but a few women. How can we stand in solidarity as a movement, Kendall asks, when there is the distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others?
New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow mines the compelling poetry of the out-of-time African-American Louisiana town where he grew - a place where slavery’s legacy felt close, reverberating in elders’ stories and near-constant violence.
How do you learn to be a black man in America? For young black men today it means witnessing the deaths of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, and too many more.
An extraordinary young woman recounts her coming-of-age as a transgender teen - a deeply personal and empowering portrait of self-revelation, adversity, and heroism.
A vivid, first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights (including his key roles in the historic 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 Selma-Montgomery March).
A deeply moving memoir that explores coming-of-age and the meaning of home against a complex backdrop of race, faith, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and daughter.
A harrowing memoir recounting how Solomon Northup, born a free man in New York, was lured to Washington, D.C., in 1841 with the promise of fast money, then drugged and beaten and sold into slavery.
Just Mercy is an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer's coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.
With charged intellect and piercing candour, provocative essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon shares his experiences of growing up with racial prejudice and violence both within his own family and in the culture at large.
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