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Harvard professor’s book examines renowned educator’s efforts to highlight Black history Review of Fugitive Pedagogy: Carter G. Woodson and the Art of Black Teaching by Jarvis R. Givens. Harvard University Press. 304 pages. $35. BY DR. GLENN C. ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER For c…

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BY DR. GLENN C. ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Review of “Until Justice Be Done: America’s First Civil Rights Movement, From the Revolution to Reconstruction’’ by Kate Masur. W.W. Norton & Company. 448 pages. $32. In an 11-page pamphlet published in 1813 titled “Letters from a…

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“The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship” by Deborah Willis; NYU Press. 256 pages, $35 BY JACQUELINE CUTLER NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/TNS It wasn’t just a war for freedom. It was a war for the future. Black soldiers during the Civil War weren’t just fighting for t…

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Gates’ book explains the prominent roles of places of worship – from slave rebellions to politics. BY DR. GLENN C. ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER “I am many things to many people. Civil rights leaders, agitator, troublemaker and orator,” Martin Luther King, Jr. once proclaimed. “B…

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“The Rope: A True Story of Murder, Heroism, and the Dawn of the NAACP’’ by Alex Tresniowski. Simon & Schuster. 322 pages. $28. BY DR. GLENN C. ALTSCHULER SPECIALTO THE FLORIDA COURIER On Nov. 13, 1910, Tom Williams, a 40-yearold laborer and amateur boxer, who had spent time in state pris…

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BY ADDIE BROYLES AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN/TNS To fully understand the complexity of Blackness, a good place to start is food, Marcus Samuelsson says. The Ethiopian-born, Sweden-raised, Harlem-based chef has teamed up with co-writer Osayi Endolyn and a pair of recipe developers, Yewande Komo…

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If you’re looking to add any new Black-focused cookbooks to your shelves this month, here are a few to consider. Two must-reads for anyone digging into the history of Black food in America are “The Jemima Code” and “Jubilee” by Toni Tipton-Martin, who won two James Beard Awards for these boo…

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“Just as I Am” by Cicely Tyson; HarperCollins (432 pages, $28.99) BY MOIRA MACDONALD THE SEATTLE TIMES/TNS “The art of acting is the art of exposing, an emotional unveiling before others,” writes Viola Davis, in her heartfelt introduction to Cicely Tyson’s memoir, “Just as I Am.” It’s hard t…

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“White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea’’ by Tyler Stovall. Princeton University Press (435 pages. $29.95) BY DR. GLENN C. ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER The Declaration of Independence’s assertion of “self-evident truths” – that “all men are created equal” and endowed with …

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Review of “Abe: Abraham Lincoln In His Times’’ by David S. Reynolds. Penguin Press. 1,088 pages. $45. B DR. GLENN ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Abraham Lincoln has been the subject of some 16,000 books,  more than any historical figure other than Jesus Christ. To date, according …

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The mother of two has been open about her life and experiences, especially surrounding mental health. BY ALLISON WARD TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE COLUMBUS, Ohio — Growing up in Columbus, Achea Redd dealt with her share of normal teenage problems. Unhealthy relationships with friends and the opposit…

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SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER ORLANDO – Okoye Morgan knew he wanted to be a lawyer in high school. After years of hard work and dedication, Morgan made his dream come true. Now, in his third year at Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law, Morgan desires to give something back to t…

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Editor’s note: Dr. Altschuler is the Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies at Cornell University. He wrote this review for the Florida Courier. “A Promised Land’’ is published by Crown. The book is 768 pages and retails for $45. BY DR. GLENN C. ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLO…

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BY STACY M. BROWN NNPA NEWSWIRE Jenarie Davis-Middleton is a self-described unconventional writer who likes to share life experiences. A wife and a mother of five, the Jacksonville University graduated noted that although her schedule is hectic, she tires as often as possible to incorporate …

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“The Dead Are Rising: The Life of Malcolm X’’ by Les Payne and Tamara Payne. Liveright Publishing Company. 612 pages. $35. BY DR. GLENN C. ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER In 1960, Malcolm X, the leading organizer and spokesman for the Nation of Islam, told a reporter that Blacks mu…

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“The Campus Color Line: College Presidents and the Struggle for Black Freedom’’ by Eddie R. Cole. Princeton University Press. 358 pages. $35. BY DR. GLENN ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER In his commencement address at the Georgia State College of Business in 1961, John D. Williams,…

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“His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope’’ by Jon Meacham. Random House. 354 pages. $30. BY DR. GLENN ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER As a little boy in Troy, Alabama, John Lewis had already developed a hatred of racial inequality. The contrast between a sparklin…

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BY DR. GLENN ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Review of “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents’’ by Isabel Wilkerson. Random House.  476 pages $32. In November 2018, Isabel Wilkerson and Taylor Branch, the historian of the civil rights movement, met over coffee to discuss President …

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BY DR. GLENN ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER In May 1985, 19-year-old Natasha Trethewey had a dream. Natasha and her mother are walking side by side, neither of them speaking. Out of the darkness, Joel Grimmette, Natasha’s former stepfather, walks toward them. “Do you know what it …

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BY DR. GLENN ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER “It was a good service they gave Alice. Everything laid out so pretty,” Sister Ellison says to Sister Cullen, as they settle into their seats in Calvary Hope Christian Church. “Just don’t make no sense. We ain’t even safe in our own home…

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BY DR. GLENN C. ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER “People who imagine that history flatters them,” James Baldwin once wrote, “are impaled in their history like a butterfly on a pin and become incapable of seeing or changing themselves of the world.” For much of his life, Baldwin exam…

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Young eyewitness to George Floyd’s killing writing a children’s book BY JENNIFER BROOKS STAR TRIBUNE/TNS MINNEAPOLIS – Judeah Reynolds watched the police officer grind his knee into George Floyd’s neck and hold it there until the man on the ground stopped moving, stopped crying out for his m…

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BY DR. GLENN ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER BOOK REVIEW “Being Property Once Myself: Blackness and the End of Man’’ by Joshua Bennett. Harvard University Press. 224 pages, $35 Set in Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, “Salvage the Bones,’’ a novel by Jesmyn Ward, features China, a White p…

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BY MOIRA MACDONALD AND NAOMI ISHISAKA THE SEATTLE TIMES/TNS The killing of George Floyd by police has sparked nationwide protests against violence toward Black people. With the demonstrations on countless streets and the conversations taking place in countless homes, bookstores are now exper…

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BY DR. GLENN ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER “Being Property Once Myself: Blackness and the End of Man’’ by Joshua Bennett. Harvard University Press. 224 pages, $35 Set in Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, “Salvage the Bones,’’ a novel by Jesmyn Ward, features China, a White pit bull who …

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BY DR. GLENN C. ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER In these sad, scary, and surreal times, all of us need some inspiration. Jesmyn Ward, a professor of Creative Writing at Tulane University, the author of three novels (“Where The Line Bleeds’’; “Salvage the Bones’’; and “Sing, Unburie…

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DR. GLENN C. ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER In the early 1980s, rap music and hip hop were synonymous with New York City artists, fans, and venues. According to one critic, the whiter, more privileged southern California “La-La Land” was not fertile ground for a street-based music…

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BY DR. GLENN C. ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER “The past is never dead,” William Faulkner wrote in “Requiem for a Nun.’’ “It’s not even past.” In “Race Against Time,’’ Jerry Mitchell applies this aphorism to racially motived murders of the 1960s: The assassination of Medgar Evers;…

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SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER TALLAHASSEE – Four global pageant titles are currently held by women of African descent. While the world is celebrating the well-deserved representation, Dr. Kimberly Brown Pellum is taking a deep dive into what pageantry has meant to the African American cultu…

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“Exposed: Why Our Health Insurance Is Incomplete and What Can Be Done about It’’ by Christopher T. Robertson. Harvard University Press, 248 pages, $39.95 DR. GLENN ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER In 1968, in a seminal article, economist Mark Pauly argued that health insurance drive…

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BY MOIRA MACDONALD THE SEATTLE TIMES/TNS On the slight possibility that you might have some reading time on Thanksgiving weekend, here’s a half-dozen fresh paperbacks for your perusal.  “The Best Bad Things” by Katrina Carrasco (Picador, $19). A finalist for both the Lambda Awards and the Wa…

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REVIEW “Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For’’ by Susan Rice. Simon & Schuster. 531 pages. $30. BY DR. GLENN ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER On June 5, 2013, President Barack Obama announced that Susan Rice would succeed Tom Donilon as National Security Advisor…

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BY VALERIE RUSS THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER/ TNS Ben Crump paints a chilling picture in his new book of how Black and brown people in this country are often killed by police officers and private citizens, who then get away with murder.  And while the sheer number of people who have been killed…

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REVIEW ‘The Water Dancer’ by Ta-Nehisi Coates. One World. 403 pages. $28. BY DR. GLENN C. ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER At the outset of “The Water Dancer,’’ the first novel by Ta-Nehisi Coates (whose non-fiction books include “Between the World and Me’’ and “We Were Eight Years …

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AMAZON/TNS “The Stars and the Blackness Between Them” by Junauda Petrus was published by Dutton Books for Young Readers. BY JENNA ROSS STAR TRIBUNE/TNS MINNEAPOLIS – Junauda Petrus’s new novel is “a love letter to growing up in south Minneapolis,” as her artistic partner put it. But the book…

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BY DR. GLENN ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER On Feb. 18, 1965, James Baldwin, novelist, essayist and “poet of the civil rights revolution,” and William F. Buckley Jr., America’s most visible conservative intellectual, author of “God and Man at Yale,’ and founder of the National Rev…

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BY STACY M. BROWNNNPA NEWSWIRE  Dr. Lonnie Bunch III, the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, recently sat down for an exclusive interview with National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., at the National Museum of African America…

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BY COLETTE BANCROFT TAMPA BAY TIMES/TNS BOOK REVIEW “Everything Inside” by Edwidge Danticat; Knopf (240 pages, $25.95) Home, they say, is where the heart is. For those who leave their native land, that can mean their hearts never heal.  That’s true of many of the characters in Edwidge Dantic…

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BY STACY M. BROWNNNPA NEWSWIRE Binghamton University Professor Anne C. Bailey has studied slavery and the plight of African Americans for quite some time. She has read books about the history of slavery and watched the 1970s television mini-series, “Roots,” the story of author Alex Haley’s e…

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Book review DR. GLENN C. ALTSCHULERSPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Review of “Everybody’s Doin’ It: Sex, Music, and Dance in New York,’’ 1840-1917 by Dale Cockrell. W.W. Norton & Co. 270 pages. $27.95. In 1835, a year before he died at the Alamo, Davy Crockett visited the infamous Five Po…

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BY COLETTE BANCROFT TAMPA BAY TIMES/TNS University of Florida football player. WWE superstar. Dedicated philanthropist and mentor. Now Titus O’Neil can add another title to his resume: author. “There’s No Such Thing as a Bad Kid: How I Went From Stereotype to Prototype” is an often moving me…

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BOOK REVIEW “The World’s Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America’s First Black Sports Hero’’ by Michael Kranish. Scribner. 365 pages. $30. BY DR. GLENN C. ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER In the 1890s, millions of Americans became “bicycle crazy.” While …

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BOOK REVIEW “Patsy” by Nicole Dennis-Benn; Liveright.(432 pages, $26.95) BY CONNIE OGLE NEWSDAY/TNS  In America, anyone can be anything. That’s what the dream assures us, right?  We live in the land of opportunity for anyone willing to work hard. Unless of course you get here the wrong way. …

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New book examines the failure of Reconstruction BOOK REVIEW “The Accident of Color: A Story of Race in Reconstruction’’ by Daniel Brook. W.W. Norton & Company. 344 pages.$27.95 BY DR. GLENN C. ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER After he was refused a drink in a posh coffeehouse an…

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Review of “The Accident of Color: A Story of Race in Reconstruction’’ by Daniel Brook. W.W. Norton & Company. 344 pages. $27.95. BY DR. GLENN C. ALTSCHULERSPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER After he was refused a drink in a posh coffeehouse and bar in January 1871, New Orleans Parish Sheriff…

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BOOK REVIEW Review of Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide by Tony Horwitz. Penguin Press. 496 pages. $30. BY DR. GLENN C. ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER In 1852, the New York Times sent Frederick Law Olmsted, not yet the iconic architect of city parks, to ex…

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BOOK REVIEW “Exposing Slavery: Photography, Human Bondage, and the Birth of Modern Visual Politics in America’’ by Matthew Fox-Amato, Oxford University Press. 343 pages, $39.95 BY DR. GLENN C. ALTSCHULERSPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Developed in 1839, Louis Daguerre’s photographic process, …

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BOOK REVIEW “Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow’’ by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  Penguin Press. 320 pages. $30. BY DR. GLENN C. ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER At the end of the Civil War, Sidney George Fisher, a White gentleman from Philadelphia,…

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Book review of “Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow’’ by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Penguin Press. 320 pages. $30. BY DR. GLENN C. ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER At the end of the Civil War, Sidney George Fisher, a White gentleman from Philadelphi…

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about extraordinary women Biographies of women and girls who’ve made their mark on history make great reading for girls and boys. With short takes and vibrant art, these books are inspiring all kids to dream big and work hard to accomplish great things. The profiled women have broken barrier…