February is Black History Month, a time for us to acknowledge and thank the great members of the African-American community who have influenced our history.
Some were political leaders. Others fought courageously during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.
Our black history section at BookMarx is newly organized and features some great books for February!
Before Freedom, when I Just Can Remember, by Belinda Hurmence
This amazing book of interviews is full of hand-picked information from the Federal Writers’ Project of the 1930s, wherein thousands of former slaves told their stories. The book, which was stored in the Library of Congress, served as a foundation stone for Belinda Hurmence’s adaptation. Before Freedom, When I Just Can Remember contains twenty-seven of the original interviews. The men and women, once slaves in South Carolina, tell stories of what life was like under white masters, including memories of the Civil War and the Ku Klux Klan.
The Ever-After Bird, by Ann Rinaldi
This novel is set during the days of the Underground Railroad, when slaves secretly made their way to freedom in the North. Rinaldi tells the tale of CeCe McGill, a young girl traveling with her uncle to Georgia. He tells her they’re searching for a rare scarlet bird, but what CeCe doesn’t know is that the journey has another purpose: to help slaves find their way to freedom.
Killing the Dream: James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., by Gerald Posner
Killing the Dream takes a look back at the tragic day on which Martin Luther King, Jr., was gunned down in Memphis. With newly-discovered interviews and other records, Posner examines the case, trying to unlock the mystery of who may have been working with Ray in the time just before the assassination. With conjectures about government and mafia involvement, Killing the Dream is a challenge to the report of what really happened on April 4, 1968.
Black Like Me, by John Howard Griffin
Black Like Me is the real account of John Howard Griffin, a white man who underwent a skin-darkening process in the 1960s to experience what life might be like as an African-American man. He traveled through the American South, documenting his experiences as a “black” man during the era of racial segregation.
Blood for Dignity, by David P. Colley
Blood for Dignity tells the story of the 5th Platoon of K Company of the 394th Regiment, the first unit of African-American soldiers permitted to fight alongside whites since the time of the Revolution. With World War II in full swing, the American army was in desperate need of more boots on the ground. African-American men were finally allowed to enlist, and at last joined the war effort at Remagen Bridgehead in 1945. Their story broke through centuries of prejudice.
Black Popular Music in America, by Arnold Shaw
If there’s one place where the African-American presence has been felt, it’s in the development of American music. From the Jazz Age to modern rock ‘n’ roll, black musicians have revolutionized the music scene in the United States. Black Popular Music in America is a look at how they did it.
Chappie: The Life and Times of Daniel James, Jr., by J. Alfred Phelps
This is the story of Daniel “Chappie” James, the last of seventeen children in a Florida family, who made his way through the battles of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam as well as the battles for racial equality within the military. Fiercely patriotic, James helped fight the anti-war effort during the Vietnam War, speaking to college students about the benefits of the military. He eventually rose to become the first African-American four-star general.
These great books are available in-store and on the BookMarx website!