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New Government Report: African American Members of the United States Congress

African American Members of the United States Congress: 1870-2009

by Jennifer Manning, Colleen Shogan
Paperback, 63 pages, 2010, $25.00
ISBN: 1437929044

Contents: (1) Introduction: Historical Overview of African Americans in Congress; African American Firsts in Congress; Length of Service; How African Americans Enter Congress; (2) African American Members in Leadership Positions; (3) Congressional Black Caucus: Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Ending Apartheid in South Africa; Humanitarian Aid to Haiti; (4) Tables and Data; (5) Alphabetical Listing of African American Members, Selected Biographical Information, and Committee Assignments During Their Tenure in Office. Charts and tables.

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May 3, 2011 at 8:15 am Leave a comment

Complete Kwanzaa: Celebrating Our Cultural Harvest

Complete Kwanzaa:
Celebrating Our Cultural Harvest

by Dorothy Winbush Riley
(Hardcover, 387 pages, 1995, ISBN: 0785816976, $23.00)

KwanzaaCelebrated between Dec. 26 and Jan. 1, Kwanzaa is a joyous and meaningful holiday that gives African American an opportunity to reunite with family and friends and to pay tribute to their rich cultural heritage.

Here is a comprehensive guide that explains the traditional ceremonies, foods, and history of Kwanzaa. Offers an introduction to the cultural foundations of Kwanzaa, practical tips on how to tailor celebrations to individual circumstances, and directions on how to hold a Karamu feast, as well as recipes.

Also includes an explanation of the seven principles of Kwanzaas. Includes: the philosophy behind each principle; profiles of successful African American who represent the principles of Kwanzaa; inspirational quotations and proverbs; and folktales new and old. Illustrations.

“In this work, which is helpful in understanding the custom, Riley has illuminated each Kwanzaa principle with chapters replete with poetry, life stories of noted personalities who have benefited from using that particular system, quotations, folktales, and proverbs,” writes Ann Burns in a review for Library Journal. “A good source, especially for young adult collections.”

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August 17, 2010 at 1:26 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: New York City Child Fatality Report (2010) (ISBN: 9781437936346)

New York City Child Fatality Report (2010) (ISBN: 9781437936346)
By Laura DiGrande
(Paperback, 35 pages, 2010, $25.00)

In 2006, New York City (NYC) established a multi-disciplinary Child Fatality Review Team to examine unnatural deaths in children ages one through 12 and to identify strategies for prevention. Past reports have described the predominant causes of fatal child injury in NYC including traffic crashes, fire and burns, and unintentional injuries in the home.

This 4th report analyzes individual and neighborhood disparities in fatal childhood injuries. These findings show that fatal injuries occur disproportionately among younger children, boys, black non-Hispanic children, and children in the City’s most impoverished neighborhoods.

This report identifies social, environmental, and regulatory measures that could make NYC an even safer place for children. Illustrations.

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July 21, 2010 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Missed Opportunities, Shared Responsibilities: Final Report of the Cambridge Review Committee on the Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Incident (ISBN: 9781437935943)

Missed Opportunities, Shared Responsibilities: Final Report of the Cambridge Review Committee on the Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Incident (ISBN: 9781437935943)
By Chuck Wexler
(Paperback, 60 pages, 2010, $25.00)

On July 16, 2009, Sgt. James Crowley responded to a 911 call about a possible break-in in progress on Ware St. in Cambridge, MA. Crowley, a respected 11-year veteran of the Cambridge police force, arrived at the address, which he later would learn was the home of Harvard Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., one of the most prominent African-American scholars in the U.S.

The situation deteriorated rapidly, according to both men. Within six minutes, Crowley had arrested Gates for disorderly conduct and placed him in handcuffs at his own home. How was this possible?

The Cambridge City Manager requested a study to be conducted to identify those lessons and help other cities avoid such incidents. This report, by the Cambridge Review Committee, is the result. Illustrations.

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July 14, 2010 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

Franz Boas and W. E. B. Du Bois at Atlanta University, 1906 by Rosemary Levy Zumwalt & William Shedrick Willis (American Philosophical Society Transactions 98:2, ISBN: 9780871699824)

Franz Boas and W. E. B. Du Bois at Atlanta University, 1906
(American Philosophical Society Transaction 98-2, ISBN: 9780871699824)
by Rosemary Levy Zumwalt and William Shedrick Willis
(Paperback, 83 pages, 2008, $35.00)

Towards a Rational Historiography
The papers of William Shedrick Willis (1921-1983), housed at the American Philosophical Society, include his drafts of the manuscript “Boas Goes to Atlanta.”

They contain the fascinating story of Franz Boas’s visit to Atlanta University in 1906, and more, because Willis intended the work to be a book on Boas’s work in black anthropology. Zumwalt focuses on what was to have been Willis’s first chapter, “Boas Goes to Atlanta.”

Zumalt expands the sections on Boas’s trip to Atlanta, the time he spent on the campus of Atlanta University, the reaction to his talk by blacks and whites, and the conflict between W. E. B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington. Zumwalt came to know him better as she read of his encounters with racism on a personal level and on institutional levels. Photos.

“The main contribution of this volume is perhaps not the one originally intended,” writes reviewer Julia E. Leiss in the Metascience journal. “It succeeds in drawing our attention to the work of William Willis and to his role in building ‘black anthropology’ in the 20th century.

“In this respect, his life and career are now part of the story he wanted to tell about Boas and Du Bois and part of a larger story he unfortunately also never completed. Rosemary Levy Zumwalt’s introductory chapter rather delicately advances this newer purpose, by examining how Willis experienced the conflict of the anthropological project against racism and the realities of race and racism in the United States.

“This tension, reformulated by Willis’ reading of Boas and the Boas papers, comes full circle in the publication of these essays by the American Philosophical Society, which now houses both the Boas and Willis Papers. Franz Boas and W.E.B. Du Bois at Atlanta University, 1906, in this sense, does more than its title implies, by contributing to our knowledge of the anthropology of African America and of African American anthropologists.”

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July 3, 2010 at 1:12 am Leave a comment

Weekly Book Special: July 4th Children’s Book: Building Liberty: A Statue is Born (ISBN: 0792269691)

Weekly Book Special: June 22nd-June 28th

The Fourth of July celebrates American independence, and this week’s special tells the story of the Statue of Liberty — a gift from the French people to celebrate the 100th anniversary of American independence:

Building Liberty: A Statue Is Born
Written and Illustrated by Serge Hochain
(Hardcover with reinforced library binding, 46 pages, 2003, $25.00)
Building Liberty

Did you know that Statue of Liberty did not begin her life in New York?

The extraordinary construction of the Statue of Liberty began in France in 1875, and with the work of many people, was completed 11 years later on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in New York.

Join a cross-Atlantic adventure with four boys — Italian construction worker Leo, French sailor Fanch, African-American newsboy Benjamin and Irish ironworker Angus — as they help to build one of the world’s most famous landmarks.

Also includes a step-by-step illustrated history of the statue’s creation (with captions) from Bartholdi’s sketch pad to its completion.

Our favorite illustration is when the Statue of Liberty is unveiled in Paris (click to enlarge):
Building Liberty: Statue Unveiled in Paris

“This is a great little book,” writes Social Studies for Kids. “The illustrations are amazing in their depth and choice of color. The book also showcases the difficulties young boys and their families faced in the late 19th century in America and in France. There are many excellent details that leave the reader knowing much more than the average American about how the statue came to be.”

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June 22, 2010 at 12:11 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: African American Members of the United States Congress: 1870-2009 (ISBN: 1437929044)

African American Members of the United States Congress: 1870-2009 (ISBN: 1437929044)
By Jennifer E. Manning and Colleen J. Shogan
(Paperback, 63 pages, 2010, $25)

In 2010, there are at least 32 African-Americans running for Congress this year as Republicans, and many more as Democrats, reports the New York Times.

Contents of this report: (1) Introduction: Historical Overview of African Americans in Congress; African American Firsts in Congress; Length of Service; How African Americans Enter Congress; (2) African American Members in Leadership Positions; (3) Congressional Black Caucus: Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Ending Apartheid in South Africa; Humanitarian Aid to Haiti; (4) Tables and Data; (5) Alphabetical Listing of African American Members, Selected Biographical Information, and Committee Assignments During Their Tenure in Office. Charts and tables.

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