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Black History Month Book Review: A One-Woman Miracle
02/24/2010

The basic facts Rebecca Skloot writes about are these: Henrietta Lacks grew up poor, orphaned and hard-working, even as a child, on her grandfather’s tobacco farm in rural Halifax County, Va. She died a painful death in 1951 at age 31 as the result of cancerous tumor on her cervix. She is buried in an unmarked grave in her hometown of Clover, Va.

Black History Special Book Review: Redefining ‘Black Power’
02/12/2010

Images from the heyday of the Black Power movement live on in popular culture, but the view tends to be blurred. Most people probably consider it as a blip on the 400-year chronology of race relations in America. While some Americans romanticize the movement, others remember it as a short-lived, inflammatory and ill-advised crusade that ran against the tide of peaceful efforts to gain and protect civil rights.

Diverse Bookshelf - Putting Education on the Front Burner
02/04/2010
For the 'Father of Black History,' the education of Blacks was the issue.

DIVERSE BOOKSHELF: Holiday Helpings
12/24/2009
Here are a few delectable dishes that can satisfy any literary appetite until the new year.

Independent Scholar Examines Cotton Trade and Race in Book
12/01/2009

After decades of working in international finance and lecturing occasionally at universities, Gene Dattel has written Cotton and Race in the Making of America: The Human Costs of Economic Power, a history of the U.S. cotton trade in the 19th and 20th centuries.   



DIVERSE BOOKSHELF: Further Along the River
11/26/2009
A new study sheds light on the effects of student life on college success.

DIVERSE BOOKSHELF : FALLING BEHIND
10/15/2009
No sooner had the ink dried and the Sept. 9 news embargo on this book passed than it became one of the most widely reviewed and analyzed academic studies released in a long time.

School Book Ban Raises Censorship Concerns in Puerto Rico
09/14/2009
Several university professors in Puerto Rico are protesting a decision to ban five books from the curriculum at public high schools in the U.S. territory because of coarse language.

An Education Debate for the Books
08/27/2009
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College Textbooks Hit iPhone, iPod Touch
08/13/2009
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IU Press Puts Books, Journals Online
08/06/2009
Indiana University’s academic press has started putting books and journals online.

Will Google Book Search Settlement Increase Access for Underserved Communities?
07/31/2009
Google and multiple parties involved in a class action suit related to Google Book Search have reached a settlement agreement that in a best-case scenario will result in millions of out-of-print books previously unavailable to the vast majority of people becoming accessible with a mouse click.

New Asian American Civil Rights Book
07/23/2009
A textbook on Asian Americans and civil rights has been published by the University of California, Los Angeles’ Asian American Studies Center Press. Untold Civil Rights Stories is aimed at high school students and college freshmen, officials say, and marks a rare work on the little-discussed topic.

The Obama Books Boom
07/09/2009
As Barack Obama’s rise to power inspires a flood of books, scholars hope the publishing trend will yield serious analysis.

THE OBAMA BOOKS BOOM
07/09/2009
As Barack Obama’s rise to power inspires a flood of books, scholars hope the publishing trend will yield serious analysis.

Books By Martin Luther King Jr. To Be Republished
06/24/2009
Four books that have been long out of print by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be published again under a deal with Beacon Press brokered by King’s youngest son, Dexter King.

BOOK REVIEW: Creatiing a Class: College Admissions and the Education of the Elites by Mitchell L. Stevens
05/13/2009
It is not by chance that Dr. Mitchell L. Stevens, the author of Creating a Class: College Admissions and the Education of the Elites (Harvard University Press, 2007), appropriately chooses the word “class” in his book titles.

Ohio-based Professor Examines Lives of Black Women Scholars in Book
05/12/2009
Finding herself the lone Black, female professor in her department, Dr. Joanne Kilgour Dowdy confronted her situation the best way she knew how.

On the Web - Become a Diverse Facebook Fan!
04/02/2009
After logging into your profile, search Diverse: Issues In Higher Education and click on “pages.”

New Book Exposes Undocumented Students’ Struggles
04/02/2009
Undocumented University of California, Los Angeles students share their struggles to help advance the DREAM Act.

Select Books From the ‘Cradle of Liberty’
02/19/2009
The presses of some major Massachusetts universities offer appealing and noteworthy selections on Black history and education issues.

Is Facebook Not Friendly to Natives?
01/30/2009
The social networking site, which enables millions of "friends" to stay in touch with one another, has disabled the account of the 28-year-old Lakota woman from the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Facebook assumed Kills The Enemy was a fake name.

Jefferson, Not Hemings, Inspiration for Top Book Award
01/22/2009
It would be easy to assume that a desire to document an enslaved woman’s rightful place in history started Dr. Annette Gordon-Reed down the path that led to her recent triumph as the winner of the National Book Award for nonfiction.

New Books Focus on the Needs of Emerging Faculty
01/08/2009
As expected, new faculty members spend most of their time focusing on their students, but where can a budding professor go to learn how to be a better instructor or how to survive in the institution? Who stands ready to help the young academician? Too often, the answer has been no one, but a couple of recent books can help fill the void.

A Year for the History Books
12/25/2008
What an exciting and traumatic year 2008 has been. A historic presidential campaign that ended with the election of an African-American to the U.S. presidency. An economic meltdown not seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Jefferson, Not Hemings, Inspiration For Top Book Award Winner
12/08/2008
It would be easy to assume that a desire to document an enslaved woman’s rightful place in history started Annette Gordon-Reed down the path that led to her recent triumph as the winner of the National Book Award for nonfiction.

Online Bookseller Targets Spanish-Only Market
11/12/2008
Its new consumer web site, http://www.librerialectorum.com/ will be the largest U.S. online bookstore operating exclusively in Spanish, Lectorum Publications announced.

Book Details Seminole’s Gaming Experience
09/30/2008
Gaming wealth has brought unimaginable wealth and altered the lifestyles of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, often considered among the most traditional of American Indians, an anthropologist writes in a new book.

Texas Students Pack Bookbags; Teachers Pack Heat
08/27/2008
Along with normal first-day jitters and excitement, students in this tiny district started school Monday wondering which teachers might be toting firearms.

New Mexico First State To Adopt Navajo Textbook
08/01/2008
In the Navajo language, there’s no one word that translates into “go”; it’s more like a sentence.

IUPUI Apologizes to Janitor Scolded Over Reading KKK Book
07/17/2008
A janitor whom a university official had accused of racial harassment for reading a historical book about the Ku Klux Klan on his break has gotten an apology — months later — from the school.

Blacks Given 'Ghetto' Names in SoCal Yearbook
07/01/2008
Phony ``ghetto'' names were printed under a yearbook photo of Black Student Union members, leaving some angry Charter Oak High School students and parents calling for an apology and a reprint.

Book Lets Latino Dropouts in Rural Areas Tell Their Stories
04/09/2008
A new book, Latino Dropouts in Rural America: Realities and Possibilities, allows former high school students from rural communities in Idaho to tell their own stories about why they left school.

Can We Talk? Commentator’s Book Urges More Black/Hispanic Dialogue
01/09/2008
Earl Ofari Hutchinson, a syndicated columnist and political analyst, who writes about race, politics and social issues in books and blogs, has tackled the sticky subject of relations between African Americans and Hispanic Americans.

Perspectives: Cosby Offers More Needed Tough Love In New Book
12/05/2007
Many of Bill Cosby’s critics forget he was not born with a silver spoon. Bill Cosby, like many of us, has fallen a time or two but he always managed to get back up. This, I think, is what Bill Cosby in his new book, Come On People: On the Path from Victims to Victors, is imploring us to do; that is, to get back in the race called life.

Salisbury University President Pulls Her Facebook Profile Over Postings
10/17/2007
The president of a U.S. university removed her Facebook profile after being questioned about apparently unprofessional captions posted next to photos on the Web page.

Perspectives: Houston, We Have a Problem Over the “Ghetto Handbook”
10/09/2007
Not since the Oakland, Calif. School Board voted in 1996 to recognize Ebonics as a language to be factored into its speakers’ English classes — sparking a national debate — has there been so much focus on African-American speech patterns.

The Children. - book reviews
07/15/2007
I approached the reading of David Halberstam's The Children with a great deal of trepidation. Here was yet another book written by a White journalist, that focused attention on some of the most significant events in the early Civil Rights Movement. As a lifelong student of the Black struggle, and as a scholar firmly grounded in an African-centered perspective, I doubted that I could gain any new insights from this volume's nearly 800-page retelling of the Movement. I was wrong.

Rooted Against the Wind. - book reviews
07/15/2007
Rooted Against the Wind is a collection of essays in which Gloria Wade-Gayles takes us with her as she grapples with personal responses to some gripping issues: aging, rape, homophobia, where Black scholars should teach, and choosing to live in a Black community. Her responses are loving, sensible, and wise.

The River Running Through College Admissions. - Review - book reviews
07/15/2007
If you don't read another book about higher education this year, you must read William G. Bowen's and Derek Bok's The Shape of the River: Long Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions (Princeton University Press, 1998).

Measuring Entrepreneurial Success. - Review - book reviews
07/15/2007
Race, Self-Employment, and Upward Mobility: An Illusive American Dream

HeartLove: Wedding and Love Poems. - book reviews
07/15/2007
Haki R. Madhubuti initially made his reputation as a seminal Black Arts Movement poet during the late 1960s and early 1970s with books such as Don't Cry, Scream, and We Walk the Way of the New World. Since then, he has devoted much of his time to community organizing, and helping to build Black institutions such as Third World Press, an independent publisher he founded in 1967.

The Men Of Brewster Place. - Review - book reviews
07/15/2007
Gloria Naylor's The "Men of Brewster Place" is a profound work that explores the other side of the gender issue. It is a continuation of Naylor's "The Women of Brewster Place' and depicts the men who played only minor roles in that book.

Afrolantica Legacies. - book reviews
07/14/2007
Like the mythic lost nation chronicled in the title and opening chapter, this book offers much in the way of promise. It, after all, was writ ten by one of the foremost critical legal scholars and academic activists of this era, New York-cum-Harvard University's Derrick Bell.

Whispers, Secrets and Promises. - book reviews
07/14/2007
Love has strange powers; its control is unexplainable. Love can singe souls, lift spirits, weaken the most resistant knees with abrupt force. Love can inflate or deflate human hearts. Indeed, love can charge emotion into an abundance of affection. Poets have a way of rendering a clear view of love and how it affects those people where love harbors permanently or slips away to leave permanent scars.

Forbidden Fairways: African Americans and the Game of Golf. - book reviews
07/14/2007
Golfing history is not high on the list of favored subjects for most Americans. Moreover, yet another painful recitation of the darker side of American history involving race relations is about as welcome to most people as a politician's confession that taxes are going up. To his consummate credit, Calvin Sinnette succeeds not only in telling a story that needs to be told, but does so without rancor and with a style and grace that bespeaks his own love of the game of golf.

The Book for Math Empowerment: Rethinking the Subject of Mathematics. - Review - book reviews
07/13/2007
The Book for Math Empowerment: Rethinking the Subject of Mathematics

Embracing the Tiger: The Effectiveness Debate and the Community College. - book reviews
07/13/2007
The two most important words in community college faculty and administrative lexicons these days are institutional effectiveness.

Black scholars on sports: controversial book brings Black intellectuals together to discuss whether African Americans are preoccupied with sports - John Hoberman, 'Darwin's Athletes: How Sport Has Damaged Black America and Preserved the Myth of Race'
07/13/2007
Controversial book brings Black intellectuals together to discuss whether African Americans are preoccupied with sports

Lift Every Voice: African American Oratory, 1787-1900. - book reviews
07/13/2007
How is a culture -- or a nation, for that matter -- created? It is called into being at the aboriginal level. Sound and sign, and song, and word are deployed. And the African American experience -- as Black cultural construction in the United States is now called -- like all other cultures, has an oral tradition at its center.

Waiting for a Miracle: Why School Can't Solve Our Problems and How We Can. - book reviews
07/13/2007
James Corner, M.D., adds his name to the dozens of recent books written about the effectiveness of American schools and matters of race, culture; and intelligence. Waiting for a Miracle: Why School Can't Solve Our Problems and How We Can is a treatise on the interconnectedness between sound child development and effective schooling, family, and community and societal networks. It also examines the historical impact of economic and social policies on the development of groups in America.

Daughters of Thunder. - book reviews
07/13/2007
Daughters of Thunder is a wonderful compilation of thirty-eight first-time-published sermons of fourteen African American female preachers, many of whom were the first African American females to pastor churches, receive ordination, and be granted terminal degrees.

A Hope in the Unseen. - book reviews
07/13/2007
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to teach at several high schools in New Jersey. Once again, I was disappointed with American public school education. Our society seems to be failing the majority of our young people. Who is to blame? Who is responsible? Every day, many of our young people simply show tip at an educational site, move through the corridors, laugh with friends, talk about clothes and sports, ignore their teachers, and wait for the day to end so that they can return to the streets. Unless we undertake and adopt major reforms, our democratic foundation as a nation will be imperiled.

The Afrocentric Idea, rev. and expanded ed. - book reviews
07/13/2007
In this new edition of his book. The Afrocentric Idea, Dr. Molefi Kete Asante seeks to achieve three basic intellectual aims: first, to provide an expansive portrait of the Afrocentric idea; second, to address a new group of critics who have emerged in response to the expansive thrust of the movement he initiated; and third, to pose some concepts and categories for fruitful development of the discourse within the discipline of Black studies.

The 100 Best Colleges for African American Students. - book reviews
07/13/2007
Erlene Wilson could give any guidance counselor a run for his or her money. What she does in the revised and updated edition of The 100 Best Colleges for African American Students is provide an invaluable resource for any student of color who is even considering pursuing postsecondary education.

Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Males. - book reviews
07/13/2007
Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Males relates wonderful stories of parents striving successfully to raise academically high-achieving African American boys who are then encouraged to excel in college and subsequently go on to elite graduate and professional schools in medicine, mathematics, science, and engineering.

The Community College Presidency at the Millennium. - book reviews
07/13/2007
If anyone doubts Dr. George B. Vaughan is the nation's leading expert on the community college presidency, the publication of this new book should lay that to rest.

Encyclopedia of African-American Education. - book reviews
07/12/2007
This unique, well-organized and well documented work is an essential source about African American education that fills a noticeable gap in resources in this area. It brings together a collection of laws, biographies, concepts, journals, movements, organizations, and institutions from varied sources and presents them in a single, useful volume.

The African-American Soldier: From Crispus Attucks to Colin Powell. - book reviews
07/12/2007
Precious few books address or do justice to the role of African Americans in the evolution and development of the most powerful democracy in history, the United States of America. Even less attention has been paid by historians to the role and contributions of African American soldiers, sailors and airmen in providing for the security of that democracy.

Anything We Love Can Be Saved. - book reviews
07/12/2007
Alice Walker has been accused of writing well, and of writing badly. In the case of her most famous work, The Color Purple (1982), both accusations overlapped dramatically, each bringing its own measure of adoration and libel. Her admirers and detractors emerged from all sectors of popular, public, and academic life yielding a range of responses -- from ostensible assessments of her craft, to open judgement of her political affiliations, to speculative accusations of ulterior (market-driven) motives. A similar response greeted the novel Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992)

Cross-cultural understanding spiced with the Indian Diaspora - author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and her book 'The Mistress of Spices'
07/12/2007
Dr. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni laughs gently as she talks about the success of her first novel, The Mistress of Spices.

The Cattle Killing. - book reviews
07/12/2007
Because The Cattle Killing, John Edgar Wideman's first work of fiction in six years, is about loss - loss of life, loss of faith, loss of hope, innocence and direction - it seems only fitting that this review should begin like the book, with a metaphorical slaughtering.

One Blood: The Death and Resurrection of Charles R. Drew. - book reviews
07/12/2007
One of my best literary friends is crime investigator author Dan Moldea. Often interviewed on national television, Moldea is the author of The Hoffa Wars. The Killing of Robert F. Kennedy, and Evidence Dismissed: The Inside Story of the Police Investigation of O.J. Simpson. When examining a mysterious case in which a well known person has died, Moldea told me his first objective is to get to the basic facts - review the public record, examine the physical evidence, and talk to all possible sources and witnesses.

Black Teachers on Teaching. - book reviews
07/12/2007
Does American society want to educate all of its children? An optimist would respond that of course it does, but it just can't seem to provide equity in its distribution of resources and educational outcomes. Others would argue that social, political and economic forces create hurdles which slow or completely retard the flow of positive educational goods and benefits into certain communities.

Black Men Speaking. - book reviews
07/12/2007
Reading Black Men Speaking is not unlike the dichotomous soul-troubling and spirit-affirming experience of attending all-day Sunday or Wednesday night church services. The book is a gripping litany of sermon, scripture reading and spirituality. It is strident and unembarrassed by its message, urgent in its delivery, somewhat daunting in the tenets it proposes, and clear in its mission.

Restoring Hope: Conversation on the Future of Black America. - The Rejuvinating Qualities of Hope - book reviews
07/12/2007
Several years ago I reviewed Breaking Bread by bell hooks and Dr. Cornel West for National Public Radio. I stated in my commentary that the conversation or dialogue between the two public intellectuals was filled with nourishment and inspiration. I felt their views provided us with a reason for hope, in a constantly changing world. Now a few years later, the popular West - with the help of Kelvin Sealey - has given us a series of exchanges with nine interesting individuals.

Black, Jewish, and Interracial: It's Not the Color of Your Skin but the Race of Your Kin and Other Myths of Identity. - book reviews
07/12/2007
Katya Gibel Azoulay seems perfectly placed to interrogate the intricacies of interracial and biracial, especially Black/ Jewish, identity formation. Azoulay's mother was an Austrian Jew who fled the Nazi invasion. Her father is West Indian of mixed racial descent who migrated to this country as a child.

A Treasury of African-American Christmas Stories. - book reviews
07/12/2007
A well-known West African proverb states: "Only when lions have historians will hunters stop being heroes."

Yo' Mama's Disfunktional! - book reviews
07/12/2007
I'm warning you, once you open this compact collection of six razor-sharp essays, you're going to have to stand back! Black, White, Yellow, Brown, Red, male, female, straight, gay, college-educated, streetwise, conservative, liberal, whatever - it doesn't matter. From the initial essay detailing Robin D. G. Kelley's take on how traditional social scientists construct the ghetto, "Looking for the 'Real' Nigga," to the final take, "Looking B[l]ackward: 2097-1997," readers of Yo' Mama's Disfunktional! are literally compelled by the strength of Kelley's arguments to identify and/or re-think their positions in the contemporary "culture wars" fray.

The Erotics of Instruction. - book reviews
07/12/2007
The Erotics of Instruction takes an intriguing look at the process of pedagogy. Although the book points out the male and female connection, mentoring, and academic professionalism, the writers' stylistic approach has a metaphorical manner to it. Anyone in the teaching profession should feel its impact.

Black Women in the Academy: Promises and Perils. - book reviews
07/12/2007
As a Black female psychologist who has worked in many settings -- most recently in a university setting -- and as a student who attended a predominantly White university in the Northeast, I can vividly recall the feelings of belonging and support that I experienced in meeting other members of the Black Graduate Student Association. Only within that fellowship at the predominantly White university which I attended did I feel whole.

Black College Student Survival Guide. - book reviews
07/12/2007
With retention rates for Black college students hovering well below the 50 percent mark at many campuses across the country, an audit -- conducted with a fine-toothed comb -- of the factors that lead to the success or failure of a student would be right on time. A "how-to manual," of sorts -- written specifically with Black college students in mind, and chock full of helpful hints and wise insights from those who have already chartered the path and overcome the obstacles -- is just what some Black youths may need to make it through the undergraduate experience.

The Assassination of the Black Male Image. - book reviews
07/12/2007
The Assassination of the Black Male Image, authored by Earl Ofari Hutchinson, a media critic and political analyst, offers a thoughtful perspective on the racial and sexual stereotyping of Black males.

The Joy and Challenge of Raising African American Children. - book reviews
07/11/2007
Emma M. Talbott paralyzes her parenting guide, The Joy and Challenge of Raising African American Children, with a negativity that is antithetical to the philosophy she advocates for nurturing African American children. She instructs the parent "to affirm" the Black child, but overlooks the need "to affirm" our Black parents, heritage and culture.

Ain't Gonna Lay My 'Ligion Down: African American Religion in the South. - book reviews
07/11/2007
Convinced of the connection between religion and culture, Alonzo Johnson and Paul Jersild have attempted to contribute to a greater understanding of African Americans and their culturally religious ideas. Ain't Gonna Lay My `Ligion Down: African American Religion in the South moves toward this end by examining aspects of the connectedness of Black and southern religion and culture.

Saving Our Sons: Raising Black Children in a Turbulent World. - book reviews
07/11/2007
Think of Saving Our Sons: Raising Black Children in a Turbulent World as a very successful "crossover" book - a testimony bridging seriously crafted nonfiction and popular concerns, joining readers both erudite and everyday to heed a message important to all.

Sister Power: How Phenomenal Black Women Are Rising to the Top. - book reviews
07/11/2007
In April, Americans from all walks of life gathered in Philadelphia to answer the nation's first peacetime bipartisan "call."

Beyond Black & White: Transforming African American Politics. - book reviews
07/11/2007
In the twenty-nine years since the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which marked the end of the Civil Rights Movement and the ascendancy of conservatism as the dominant force in national politics, many scholars and intellectuals have struggled mightily to explain "what has happened" to Black people. As the millennium approaches, academia, and we as a society, have been confronted with the issue of racism and have sought to re-examine those public policies which have directly impacted the quality of the Black American experience.

Gone Fishin.' - book reviews
07/07/2007
Gone Fishin', the first-written and latest-published of Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins novels, may well be his finest work. Written in 1988, the book is a complex work with layers of meaning, yet it is deceptively simple and therefore easy to read and completely absorbing. Perhaps that is one of the marks of a classic.

In Black and White: Race and Sports in America. - book reviews
07/07/2007
Like former talk-show host Arsenio Hall, Kenneth L. Shropshire, in his excellent book, In Black and White: Race and Sports in America, discusses things that make you go "HMMMMM?"

The absence and the presence of God in African American culture - David Emmanuel Goatley's book 'Were You There? Godforsakenness in Slave Religio
07/05/2007
The words of this familiar African American spiritual is a source of inspiration for Dr. David Emmanuel book, Were You There? Godforsakenness in Slave Religion. Both the spiritual and the title of the book raise important questions about God and humanity -- especially African American humanity. They refer to critical issues such as commitment and abandonment between God and humanity and within interpersonal relationships.

The color maroon - review of book on African history and culture - special report: health sciences
06/24/2007
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Journey to Justice. - book reviews
06/24/2007
As a reluctant spectator of the year-and-a-half-long O.J. Simpson murder trial, one of the most difficult tasks for me was to keep my personal distress over this particularly disturbing case separate from my regard for the many fine African-American attorneys involved on both sides of the bar.

Blacked Out: Dilemmas of Race, Identity and Success at Capital High. - book reviews
06/23/2007
Finding a solution to the low academic performance and graduation rates of African-American and other non-white students is by far the most pervasive issue confronting schools and local communities today. With approximately 40 percent of the nation's African-American students enrolled in fifty of the nation's largest urban school districts, this is clearly a problem that needs immediate resolution in major metropolitan areas.

If You Can Walk, You Can Dance; If You Can Talk, You Can Sing: A Successful African American Doctoral Fellowship Program. - book reviews
06/23/2007
Time out, higher education. This book has a proven model for increasing the pool of African Americans with doctorate degrees in non-traditional courses of study. With valuable resource information, this book has special importance for the administrators of traditionally white colleges and universities who are sincerely interested in providing a positive campus climate for African-American students to experience success in doctoral programs.

The Magnificent Twelve: Florida's Black Junior Colleges. - book reviews
06/23/2007
by Walter L. Smith, Ph.D. Four-G Publishers Available through Smith and Smith, Inc. 4830 N.W. 43rd Street Suite 291 Gainesville, FL 38602 Hardcover: $25.00


Race, Multiculturalism, and the Media: From Mass to Class Communication. - book reviews
06/21/2007
By Clint C. Wilson II and Felix Gutierrez, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA, 1995. 290 pp. $45.00 cloth, $19.95 paper "Race, Multiculturalism, and the Media" reads like a textbook: that is both its strength and its weakness.

Educating a New Majority: Transforming America's Educational System for Diversity. - book reviews
06/21/2007
Supreme Court Justice Antonio Scalia described the debate on the Colorado gay rights case as part of a "kulturkampf," a German word meaning culture war. The term dates to the 1870s when Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck used the concept to eradicate Catholic influence in German society, using "government to enforce ideas of a German identity; a German way of thinking, a German culture, a more German Germany."

Educating a New Majority: Transforming America's Educational System for Diversity. - book reviews
06/21/2007
Supreme Court Justice Antonio Scalia described the debate on the Colorado gay rights case as part of a "kulturkampf," a German word meaning culture war.

Diversifying Diversity. - book reviews
06/21/2007
Dr. Roosevelt Thomas is the author of "Beyond Race and Gender" and the founder and president of The American Institute for Managing Diversity, Inc.

Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought. - book reviews
06/19/2007
Harlem Renaissance poet Claude McKay's memorable poem, "If We Must Die," be-speaks the valor of men who, "hunted and penned in an inglorious spot" and "pressed to the wall, dying" must join their kinsmen, "meet the common foe" and fight back.

The Selected Poems of Nikki Giovanni - book reviews
06/18/2007
I like to bring Nikki Giovanni's poetry into my poetry workshops, especially the "Beginning Poetry Workshop." I have a number of good reasons. The first is what her biographer, Virginia Fowler, tells us is Giovanni's "single most important achievement," which is "(t)he development of a unique and distinctive voice."

Women of the Harlem Renaissance. - book reviews
06/18/2007
Women of the Harlem Renaissance, by Cheryl A. Wall, an associate professor of English at Rutgers University, is a welcome addition to the scholarship on women of this period. Excellently researched, this book focuses on the lives of three women writers -- Jessie Redmon Faucet, Nella Larson, and Zora Neale Hurston. Together, they epitomized the voice, tone, style and vision of Black women writers in New York City during the 1920s and early '30s -- the period of the Harlem Renaissance.

Speak My Name: Black Men on Masculinity and the American Dream. - book reviews
06/17/2007
Speak My Name: Black Men on Masculinity and The American Dream Edited by Don Belton, Beacon Press, 1995 $24.00.

Separate and Unequal: Black Americans and the US Federal Goverment. - book reviews
06/17/2007
Separate & Unequal: Black Americans and the U.S. Federal Government, Desmond King, Oxford University Press, 1995. $35.00 (hardcover)

Days of Grace. - book reviews
06/17/2007
Days of Grace, Arthur Ashe and Arnold Rampersad, One world-Ballantine Books, 1996, $7.99 (softcover).

Student Retention Success Models in Higher Education. - book reviews
06/17/2007
A new book edited by Dr. Clinita Ford provides unusual insight into the lessons taught by more than two decades of experience with improving educational opportunities for African American, Latino, and Native American students.

Long Time Coming: An Insider's Story of the Birmingham Church Bombing That Rocked the World. - book reviews
06/17/2007
Elizabeth Cobbs/Petric Smith's "Long Time Coming" is an important work because it vividly reminds us of America's racial legacy and who the real victims of racial oppression have been.

Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi. - book reviews
06/16/2007
Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi by John Dittmer Univ. of Illinois Press, Urbana, Illinois, 1994. $29.95 hard, $14.95 paper.

I Have Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle. - book reviews
06/16/2007
I've Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle by Charles Payne, University of California Press, Berkeley, 1995. $28.00 (For a profile of author Payne, see Black Issues, December 14.)

Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom. - book reviews
06/16/2007
Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom, By Lisa Delpit, New Press, New York, NY, 1995, 216 pp. $21.00 hardcover.

Book of Note: Hollywood Weighs In On the Abolition of Slavery in England
04/05/2007
The new movie “Amazing Grace” is an elegant depiction of famed British abolitionist William Wilberforce, who at 21 began the movement to eventually abolish the slave trade and free all slaves in England.

Book of Note
03/22/2007
In this fascinating book, medical ethicist and journalist Harriet A. Washington documents how slaves and freedmen were used for experiments in hospitals...

Black, American Indian Scholars Correct History Books At “State of the Black Union 2007”
02/13/2007
The 400th anniversary of the settlement at Jamestown this year gives America the chance to revisit and correct stories about the relationships between these Africans, American Indians and White colonists, as well as the pillaging of American Indian villages, the institution of slavery and the impact these events continue to have in 2007, said Dr. Cornel West and a group of other academics at a panel discussion that was part of “State of the Black Union 2007.”

Book of Note: A History of Black Women in the Ivory Tower
02/08/2007
In 1850, Lucy Stanton graduated from Oberlin College and made history as the first Black woman to earn a college degree...

Books of Note
01/25/2007
Check out the “essential reading list” for students during Black History Month, put together by Dr. Karla Holloway...

College Textbook Prices Focus of Congressional
01/11/2007
With many low-income students already struggling to pay for higher education...

Book of Note
01/11/2007
The Segregated Scholars offers profiles of Black intellectuals in the early 1900s...

Changes to Popular Facebook Web site Rankle Students
10/06/2006
In the past few years, college students have rushed to sites where they’ve been able to make new friends and reconnect with old ones across the world. But recently, issues with the massively popular site Facebook.com have fueled fears that there can be too much of a good thing.

E-Book Project to Give Free Access to Third of a Million Books In July
06/05/2006
Electronic book devotees may want to set aside some extra screen time this summer, as two nonprofits are preparing to provide free access to 300,000 texts online.

California Bill Would Require Textbooks Mention Gays’ Contributions
05/02/2006
California State Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, says a key aspect of history is missing from school textbooks - the contributions homosexuals have made...

New Book Sheds Light on the Doctoral Student Experience
03/23/2006
A new book authored by Drs. Michael T. Nettles and Catherine M. Millett offers a comprehensive look inside the experience of graduate...

The Struggles and Successes of Graduate Students Chronicled in New Book
02/20/2006
Two prominent ETS officials have released a new book exploring graduate students’ struggles with mentoring, research productivity and funding...

New Jersey School Board Strikes Book With Slur From Black History Month Reading List
01/30/2006
Bowing to a parent's complaint, school officials have stricken a book from an elementary school's Black History Month reading list because it contains a racial slur...

Some of Nation's Best Libraries Have Books Bound in Human Skin
01/09/2006
Brown University's library boasts an unusual anatomy book. Tanned and polished to a smooth golden brown

Michigan State Professor Wins $25,000 Frederick Douglass Book Prize
10/27/2005
Yale University's Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition recently announced that it has awarded the Seventh Annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize to Dr. Laurent Dubois for his study...

Book Casts Doubts on Parts of 18th-Century Slave Narrative
10/06/2005
Olaudah Equiano wrote with vivid detail of life as human cargo — the foul smells aboard the slave ship that

GAO Report: Textbook Costs Rising Faster Than Tuition
10/06/2005
Tuition isn’t the only skyrocketing cost for students. The cost of textbooks has been accelerating much

Book Casts Doubts on Parts of 18th-century Slave Narrative
09/21/2005
Olaudah Equiano wrote with vivid detail of life as human cargo — the foul smells aboard the slave ship...

New Book Scouts Spots Where Langston Hughes Spent Youth
12/30/2004
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North Carolina HBCU Working to Produce Textbooks for Benin
12/02/2004
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Congress Questions Sky-High Costs of College Textbooks
08/26/2004
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New Book Chronicles Impact Of N.C. Tuition Increase
03/25/2004
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African American Online Guide Book Released
01/15/2004
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The Brave New World of Book Buying
12/18/2003
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Book on British Movement to End Slavery Wins Frederick Douglass Prize
11/20/2003
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Duke University Press Books Win Hurston/Wright Award
11/06/2003
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Kent State Researchers Explore Digital Divide in New Book
07/31/2003
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Entertainer Steve Harvey Establishes Textbook Award Program
03/13/2003
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Virginia Tech Professor’s Books Challenge Appalachian Myths
02/13/2003
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University of Illinois Professor Named Book Prize Winner
11/07/2002
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Hitting the Books on Instructional Technology
09/12/2002
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The Anatomy of Textbook Publishing
06/20/2002
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Balancing Books and the Beam
04/11/2002
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Law Professor Explores Digital Divide, Race in New Book
01/03/2002
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Colleges Provide Testing Ground for E-Book Innovations
10/11/2001
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New Book Explores the Black Experience at MIT
03/29/2001
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Professor Michael Eric Dyson Nominated for NAACP Image Award for King Book
02/01/2001
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Electronic Textbooks: The Next Campus Fad?
09/14/2000
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Correctional Education: Books Give Prisoners’ Perspectives
06/08/2000
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Golf Books’ Authors Miss a Few Shots, but Play Good Rounds
04/27/2000
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A Textbook Case
09/16/1999
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Bookin’ It
04/29/1999
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