First published in 1962, 100 YEARS OF LYNCHINGS, is a relevant today as it was then. It presents the reader with vivid newspaper accounts of a "red record of racial atrocities." It is a simple and straight forward presentation. Lacking narration, the news articles speak for themselves. Through them, we witness a history of racial atrocities that we cannot afford to forget. Ginzburg skillfully selected articles from a wide range of papers, large and small, radical and conservative, white and Black. Through them, he has created a documentary of lynchings. The collection of articles which extend into the 1960s provides a sobering view of American history. Few who read the book will remain unaffected by this view.
Through Ralph Ginzburg's 100 YEARS OF LYNCHINGS, we gain insight and understanding of the magnitude of racial violence. The hidden past is illuminated to rekindle the defensive vigilance of this generation.
270 pages, paperback. Also available as a Kindle e-book for $7.99.
A Black Fire! was written and delivered by Ras Baraka at the home going celebration for his father, Amiri Baraka, on January 18, 2014. The eulogy closed the four-hour service which was attended by more than 3,000 celebrants and hosted by actor and activist, Danny Glover.
Ras Baraka delivered the rhapsodizing eulogy in the tradition of his father, who was an extraordinary master of the praise form. Amiri Baraka delivered eulogies honoring the famous and well-known, like James Baldwin and John Coltrane. He also honored lesser known individuals, including friends and relatives. One of Amiri's more moving eulogies was delivered for his daughter, Shani, who was tragically killed in 2003.
Paper, 24 pages. Includes images and a poem from Amiri Baraka's autobiography.
In this two-volume collection Massey focuses on Egyptian origins in the British Isles and explores the African/Egyptian roots of the Hebrews, the Akkado-Assyrians, and the Maori. By linking these diverse cultures and origins to their African roots, Massey demonstrates both the extent of African influence and its durability. Introduction by Charles S. Finch.
In Chronology Dr. Ben captures the African origins of "Western religions" and traces some of the significant influences, developments, and people that have shaped the foundation for the holy books used in these religions.
A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable's Malcolm X is a response to Manning Marable’s biography of Malcolm X, A Life of Reinvention. Marable’s book was controversially acclaimed by some as his magna opus. At the same time, it was denounced and debated by others as a worthless read full of conjecture, errors, and without any new factual content. In this collection of critical essays, editors Jared Ball and Todd Steven Burroughs lead a group of established and emerging Black scholars and activists who take a clear stance in this controversy: Marable’s biography is at best flawed and at worst a major setback in American history, African American studies, and scholarship on the life of Malcolm X.
In the tradition of John Henrik Clarke’s classic anthology “William Styron’s Nat Turner: Ten Black Writers Respond,” this volume provides a striking critique of Marable’s text. In 1968, Clarke and his assembled writers felt it essential to respond to Styron’s fictionalized and ahistorical Nat Turner, the heroic leader of one of America’s most famous revolts against enslavement. In A Lie of Reinvention, the editors sense a different threat to an African American icon, Malcolm X. This time, the threat is presented as an authoritative biography. To counter the threat, Ball and Burroughs respond with a barbed collection of commentaries of Marable’s text.
The essays come from all quarters of the Black community. From behind prison walls, Mumia Abu-Jamal revises his prior public praise of Marable’s book with an essay written specifically for this volume. A. Peter Bailey, a veteran journalist who worked with Malcolm X’s Organization for Afro-American Unity, disputes how he is characterized in Marable’s book. Bill Strickland, who also knew Malcolm X, provides what he calls a “personal critique” of the biography. Younger scholars such as Kali Akuno, Kamau Franklin, Sundiata Keita Cha-Jua, Christopher M. Tinson, Eugene Puryear and Greg Thomas join veterans Rosmari Mealy, Raymond Winbush, Patricia Reid-Merritt, Amiri Baraka, Margo Arnold, and Karl Evanzz in pointing out historical problems and ideological misinterpretations in Marable’s work.
A Tropical Dependency is Lady Lugard's text on Africa's place in world history. The book documents the interplay of power between forces on the African continent prior to Europen colonialism and enslavement.
African Life and Customs is an essential collection of Edward Wilmot Blyden's articles that examines the socioeconomic structure of African society. A native of St. Thomas, West Indies, Blyden (1832-1912) lived most of his life on the African continent. He was an accomplished educator, linguist, writer, and world traveler, who strongly defended the unique character of Africa and its people.
In African Life and Customs, Blyden examined the culture of "pure" Africans-- those untouched by European and Asiatic influences. He identified the family as the basic unit in African society and polygamy as the foundation of African families. He described African social systems as cooperative; everyone worked for each other. No one went without work, food, or clothing.
Blyden challenged white racial theorists who held Africans were inferior and whose arguments supported their preconceived ideas. He assumed Africans to be "distinct" rather than inferior, and he analyzed African culture within the context of African social experiences.
Although some regarded Blyden's views as controversial during his time, today, upon reevaluation, his work is seen by many as an important attempt to perform a holistic analysis of African society.
African Life and Customs is an impressive African-centered interpretation of African culture. 96 pages. Also available as a Kindle e-book for $4.95.
In this epic two-part analysis of ancient origins and beliefs Massey elaborates on how the first humans, who emerged in Africa, created thought. It is also an examination of the Precession of the Equinoxes and the old Kamite sources of Christianity.
Chandler explains how applying the Seven Hermetic principles of living (mentalism, correspondence, vibration, polarity, gender, rhythm, and causation) can enhance our modern understanding of social, political, psychological, and spiritual matters.
As Nature Leads, an early work by J.A. Rogers (1883-1966), was originally published in a limited edition in 1919 as a sequel to his first book, From Superman to Man. Within a short time, As Nature Leads became obscure and until now could only be found in a few public libraries and even fewer private collections.
Born in Jamaica, Rogers became a naturalized American citizen in 1917. As a youth, he received little formal education; he was largely self-educated. His life as a journalist, historian, and publisher is made more significant by this fact.
In As Nature Leads, Rogers focuses on the seldom discussed topic of Black "blood" in the White race. Through a series of letters and conversations, between two friends, Rogers crates a forum to discuss Black/White intermixture in ancient and modern times. He also discusses the impact this intermixture has had on human history. Rogers believed the notion of White racist thought rested on a fragile conception of a "pure" White race. Protracted study of Black and European history led Rogers to the controversial conclusion that constant sexual contact between Blacks and Whites rendered the belief in a "pure" White race meaningless. By exposing the extensive intermixture and intermarriage of Blacks and Whites, Rogers was attaching White racist thought at its roots.
As Nature Leads was the first of several works Rogers would devote to this still delicate topic. His three-volume study Sex and Race and another single volume published later, Nature Knows No Color Line were also devoted to this subject. Typical of woks by Rogers, As Nature Leads is full of little known facts about the Black past; every page is a history lesson. Its republication verifies that as early as 1919 Rogers distinguished himself as the historian of whom W.E.B. DuBois would write, "…no man living has revealed as many important facts about the Negro race as has Rogers." Readers who are familiar with Rogers will welcome As Nature Leads to their collection. First time readers of Rogers will find this wok to be a pleasant introduction.
As a self-trained scientist, inventor, astronomer, and mathematician, Benjamin Banneker had few equals in early nineteenth century America. With the help of Murray (1852-1925), an assistant librarian for the Library of Congress and a pioneer of the Negro history movement, Allen compiled the information on Banneker's life and work, presented in this volume. First published 1921, Published by Black Classic Press 2005.
The title is a lament for the strong Black woman "who carried her family in her belly, the community on her head, and the race on her back”. To purchase or listen to the audio book, click here (Note: you will be directed to movementunes.com)