Week of June 3
There are a lot of lists floating around of books about racism. We thought we'd focus this week's list on books about racism focusing on North Carolina and North Carolina authors, with a few others tossed in. Scroll down to order.
My Brother Moochie: Regaining Dignity in the Face of Crime, Poverty aand Racism in the American South by Issac J Bailey
"Bailey's memoir is a triumph, a painful indictment of American inhumanity woven with threads of grace and love...an extraordinary book about crime, punishment, redemption, and the empowerment that can spring from adversity...nuanced, original, and remarkably clear-sighted." -- The Guardian
Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy by David Zucchino
"In Wilmington's Lie, David Zucchino, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has covered conflicts around the world, punctures the myths surrounding the insurrection and provides a dynamic and detailed account of the lives of perpetrators and victims...Deeply researched and profoundly relevant, Wilmington's Lie explains how [the coup] happened and suggests how much work remains to be done to come to terms with what took place."--Washington Post
The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy Tyson
"From one of our finest civil rights historians comes this harrowing, brilliant, and crucial book. The full story of Emmett Till has never before been told. It will terrify you; it should. It will inspire you; it must." --Jeff Sharlet, New York Times bestselling author of The Family
The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear by William J Barber
"William Barber is the closest person we have to Martin Luther King, Jr. in our midst. His life and witness is shot through with spiritual maturity, subversive memory, and personal integrity. This book lays bare his prophetic vision, historical analysis, and courageous praxis."--Cornel West, author of Black Prophetic Fire
The Tarboro Three: Rape, Race, and Secrecy by Brian Lampkin
"Brian Lampkin's story of the Tarboro 3 adds an important chapter to our understanding of the history and volatility of race relations in the South. In re-visiting the final days of and traumas that beset forced school integration in a small eastern North Carolina town, Lampkin reminds readers today of how violence--in this case, the 1930 lynching of Oliver Moore-and threats of violence thread through African-American communities in ways that white Americans seem unable to fathom." - Alex Albright, author of The Forgotten First: B-1 and the Integration of the Modern Navy.
The Free Men by John Ehle
This moving narrative by John Ehle describes the experiences of a handful of dedicated young students, both black and white, during the 1963-64 civil rights protests in Chapel Hill, NC. The movement began through the efforts of three young men: two white UNC-CHapel Hill students, John Dunne, a gifted Morehead Scholar, and Pat Cusick, the grandson of the founder of the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama, and one student from the all-black North Carolina College in Durham, Quinton Baker.
The Wilmington Ten: Violence, Injustice, and the Rise of Black Politics in the 1970’s by Kenneth Robert Janken
"The story of the Wilmington Ten, despite its tragic aspects, demonstrates the power of an inclusive, eclectic, and morally grounded movement to triumph over repression and wrong.Kenneth Janken has written an utterly fascinating account of a tumultuous and transformative episode in the struggle for democracy in America.--Timothy B. Tyson, Duke University
River Hymns by Tyree Daye
Winner of the 2017 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize, River Hymns invites the reader into the complex lineage of the values, contradictions, and secrets of a southern family. These poems reflect on the rich legacy of a young black man's ancestry: what to use, what to leave behind, and what haunts. And Tyree Daye can write the blues one moment and conjure great humor the next, as when he says, "I knew God was a man because he put a baby in Mary without her permission."
Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines edited by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, China Martens, and Mai’a Williams
"This book is a necessary reminder that beyond the headlines, position papers, and generalizations made about mothers are voices from the front lines that we all need to hear." --Dani McClain, The Nation
Belles of Liberty: Gender, Bennett College, and the Civil Rights by Linda Beatrice Brown
The historic Greensboro, North Carolina lunch counter Sit-in on February 1, 1960 is one of the most well known incidents in Civil Rights history. This singular event was universally credited to four young men from North Carolina A&T State University. Significantly, the integration of public accommodations of that city and many cities followed. Belles of Liberty: Gender, Bennett College and the Civil Rights Movement recalls a more complete story, illuminating what historians overlooked: that the first Sit-in in Greensboro was carefully planned on Bennett College's campus, and without hundreds of women who sat down, marched and were incarcerated from 1960 to 1963, the Sit-in effort and subsequent desegregation of Greensboro and even other cities, might not have succeeded.
Young Adult/ Middle Grade
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D Williams
"An emotional, painful, yet still hopeful adolescent journey...one that needed telling." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA by Brenda Woods
"If Opie Taylor from The Andy Griffith Show wrote a book about Mayberry's racism, the voice would be that of Gabriel Haberlin, the 12-year-old white boy who is saved from near tragedy by Meriwether Hunter, a 'colored' man… The author's use of the word 'colored' isn't gratuitous--the book's setting is Birdsong, South Carolina, in 1946. The word also sets the tone of the town's postwar racial references and bigotry… An affecting--and realistic--story. Another stellar outing from the always-solid Woods."-- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones
"This is a book that is sure to make young readers think, highlighting the importance of understanding different perspectives as its chapters alternate between Lena's and Campbell's points of view. An eye-opening read that will be useful for starting conversations in group settings." – Booklist
Box: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Michele Wood
A powerful assortment of colors, textures, and artistic styles illustrate this true story of how Henry "Box" Brown escaped enslavement in 1849 via a harrowing journey inside a sealed crate...His traumatic, stifling two-day journey ("Baggage") from Virginia to Philadelphia occurs over several claustrophobic spreads. Elaborate mixed-media collages by Wood ( Clap Your Hands) employ a box motif, featuring Escher-like cubes alongside folded paper and painted quilt squares. A timeline, notes, and bibliography conclude this rich retelling of Brown's courageous escape. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Freedom on the Menu written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue
The 1960 civil rights sit-ins at the Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, are seen through the eyes of a young Southern black girl.