Titles purchased with the generous donation of the Rotary Club of Rancho Cotati to honor and celebrate Black history and Black authors
Through the support of the Rotary Club of Rancho Cotati, the library was able to purchase digital copies and additional physical copies of important titles, as well as purchasing new titles for the collection.
A classic novel about the confrontation of African tribal life with colonial rule tells the tragic story of a warrior whose manly, fearless exterior conceals bewilderment, fear, and anger at the breakdown of his society.
James Baldwin grew disillusioned by the failure of the Civil Rights movement to force America to confront its lies about race, and the author explores what Americans can learn from Baldwin’s struggle in the era of President Trump.
An award-winning poet explores the story behind the Chicago Race Riot of 1919, which lasted 8 days and resulted in 38 deaths and almost 500 injuries, through poems recounting the stories of everyday people trying to survive and thrive in the city.
The first book to comprehensively examine how the Black Panther Party has directly shaped the practices and ideas that have animated grassroots activism in the decades since its decline, Black Power Afterlives represents a major scholarly achievement as well as an important resource for today's activists.
Fannie Lou Hamer leapt to America's attention in 1964 when she delivered a stinging indictment of the American promise to the Democratic National Convention. This biography underscores that Hamer's testimony was but one moment within a remarkable life and the history of American race relations.
Examining the work of Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Solange Knowles, Flying Lotus and others, Emily J. Lordi proposes a new understanding of soul, showing how it came to signify a belief in black resilience enacted through musical practices.
The award-winning author of Dominion outlines a provocative case for integration in an America that remains overwhelmingly segregated 50 years after the civil rights era, identifying the necessary steps for establishing political and cultural justice.
This debut memoir by Melissa Valentine recounts how the author lost her older brother Junior-first to a system that criminalizes black boys and men, and then to an act of gun violence in 1990s Oakland.
Spanning the spectrum of genre and form--from elegy and ode to origin myth--these poems elaborate an aesthetics of repair. What's more, they ask that we turn to the songs and sites of the historically denigrated so that we might uncover a new way of being in the world together, one wherein we can truthfully reckon with the brutality of the past, and thus imagine the possibilities of our shared, unpredictable present, anew.
Collects the speeches, articles, interviews and letters of the man who did more to advance the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. than anyone, constituting an unrivaled history of the life and times of one of America’s most trusted freedom fighters.
A previously unpublished collection of personal writings and photographs by civil rights icon Rosa Parks draws on her private manuscripts and handwritten notes to reveal her inner thoughts, ongoing struggles and decision to become the person who stood up by sitting down.
Fearful of violating Indiana's anti-miscegenation laws in the 1940s, E. Dolores Johnson's black father and white mother fled Indianapolis to secretly marry. Johnson went searching for the white family who did not know she existed. When she found them, it's not just their shock and her mother's shame that have to be overcome, but her own fraught experiences with whites.
A BBC presenter and contributor for The Guardian describes the stigmatism of black hair and its encoded racism through history, from pre-colonial Africa through the Harlem Renaissance, to the modern Natural Hair Movement.
Thoughts from a Unicorn is a witty, straight-talking collection of memoirs, essays, and a few haikus that will take you on a journey of laughs, tears, self-reflection, learning, and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. Full of insight, fond memories and honest regrets, this book will have you reaching for the the pen and notepad you’ll want to keep on hand just to remember more than a few points.
Culturally evocative illustrations and lyrical text by a Pushcart-nominated poet celebrate historical activists, events and locations that shaped Black history and the fight for equality, in a picture book complemented by a timeline and additional back matter.
This biography introduces readers to Barack Obama including his early political career and key events from Obama's administration including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Affordable Care Act, and the Clean Power Plan. Information about his childhood, family, and personal life is included. A timeline, fast facts, and sidebars provide additional information.
It's March 2, 1955, and 15-year-old Claudette Colvin from Montgomery, Alabama refuses to give up her bus seat for a white passenger. After Claudette is arrested, her brave actions inspire Civil Rights leaders to organize bus boycotts and perform similar acts. Claudette's court case results in overturning Alabama's unconstitutional laws and provides greater freedom for Black Americans everywhere.
The words of abolitionist, writer, and social reformer Frederick Douglass live on in his speeches and books. This speech, delivered on July 5, 1852, was an address to the Rochester Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society. Douglass grew up enslaved and deprived of rights and liberty and argued that the American values of freedom and liberty for some, but not all, was an injustice to all humans.
Describes the life and career of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, including her early life, career as a prosecutor and California's attorney general, time in the U.S. Senate, and 2020 presidential campaign. Includes fun facts as well as a "Making an Impact" special feature.
This biography of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant examines his career, his achievements, and the tragic accident that ended his life. Engaging text, informative sidebars, and vivid photographs convey Bryant's legacy in the world of basketball. Features include a timeline, glossary, websites, source notes, and an index.
A picture-book portrait of the history-shaping civil rights activist by the author of the Coretta Scott King Award-winning Josephine and the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Freedom in Congo Square also shares insight into Baker’s lifelong commitment to grassroots community mentoring.
A latest entry in the biographical series celebrating the lives of history’s most remarkable pioneers combines comprehensive text and kid-friendly artwork to describe the childhood experiences and values of equality that inspired Martin Luther King, Jr.’s world-changing “I Have a Dream” speech.
A young readers’ adaptation of the acclaimed memoir by the late civil rights activist recounts her upbringing in Jim Crow-era North Carolina and her fight for equality and justice in America’s military environments, churches and courtrooms.
In 1921, a race riot erupted in Tulsa, Oklahoma. White residents burned down black-owned businesses and homes. They killed approximately 300 African Americans. The Tulsa Race Riot explores the story and legacy of one of the worst race riots in US history. Easy-to-read text, vivid images, and helpful back matter give readers a clear look at this subject.
A latest entry in the best-selling series documents half a century in the life of the trailblazing music artist, discussing his role in the Harlem Renaissance, genius creation of nearly 3,000 culturally inspired songs and distinction as a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient.
In the summer of 1964, as the Civil Rights movement boiled over, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) sent more than seven hundred college students to Mississippi to help black Americans already battling for democracy, their dignity and the right to vote.