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Black Studies

Self-pride arises from pride in ones’ history. The Alpha Foundation of Howard County, Inc. wishes to enlighten the community with a list of publications that we believe are the foundation of understanding and appreciating Black history in the United States.

The African Origin Of Civilization: Myth Or Reality
Cheikh Anta Diop
Lawrence Hill & Co., 1974
Presents Dr. Diop’s theory that the civilization of ancient Egypt, the first that history records, was Negroid in origin.

Introduction To Black Studies (Fourth Edition)
Maulana Karenga
The University of Sankore Press, 2010
The leading text in Black Studies as students begin their scholarly investigations.

When We Ruled: The Ancient and Mediaeval History of Black Civilisations
Robin Walker
Black Classic Press, 2011
Superbly illustrated with high quality photographs, maps and drawings.

African Intellectual Heritage: A Book of Sources
Molefi Kete Asante and Abu S. Abarry, Editors
Temple University Press, 1996
Documents from the richly textured intellectual history of Africa and the diaspora.

Black Genesis: The Prehistoric Origins of Ancient Egypt
Robert Bauval & Thomas Brophy
Inner Traditions Bear and Company, 2011
The theory that an advanced civilization of Black Africans settled in the Sahara long before Pharonic Egypt existed.

Nile Valley Contributions To Civilization: Exploding The Myths, Volume 1
Antony T. Browder
The Institute of Karmic Guidance, 10th Printing, 2007
Corrects some of the misconceptions in order to understand the role of Kemet (Egypt) as parent of future civilizations.

Two Thousand Seasons
Ayi Kwei Armah
Per Ankh, 2000
This novel gives historic context to Middle Eastern involvement and to the Atlantic Slavery War that devastated Africa while lifting Europe and the Americas to affluent world dominance.

The History of White People
Nell Irvin Painter
W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2010
Ever since the Enlightenment, race theory and its inevitable partner, racism, have followed a crooked road, constructed by dominant peoples to justify their domination of others.

Intellectual Warfare
Jacob H. Carruthers
Third World Press, 1999
Demonstrates the kind of thinking that is required of African peoples in America to be free.

SBA: The Reawakening of the African Mind
Asa G. Hilliard, III
Makare Publishing Co., 1997
Helps readers to comprehend why education is so critical to African liberation and advancement and links the mind (spirit) with culture and education based on African cultural principles, values and virtues.

The Mis-Education of the Negro
Carter G. Woodson
The Associated Publishers, 1933
Presentation of the problems which attend the education of colored people at the hands of white people.

The Souls of Black Folk
W. E. B. Du Bois
Library of America, 1903
Dr. DuBois explores the paradoxical “double consciousness” of African American life and the problem of the color-line, prophesying the struggle for freedom that became his life’s work.

The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America
Gerald Horne
New York University Press, 2014
Africans in the colonies overwhelmingly sided with London. American colonists feared an English invasion combined with an insurrection of the enslaved.

The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia 1772 – 1832
Alan Taylor
W. W. Norton & Company, 2013
The account of slaves who sought freedom by escaping to the British and fighting for their freedom during the War of 1812.

We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement
Akinyele Omowale Umoja
New York University Press, 2013
Expands understanding of the hidden narrative of Mississippi Black armed resistance groups.

This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible
Charles E. Cobb, Jr.
Basic Books, 2014
Cobb challenges the orthodox narrative of the “nonviolent” movement and traces how armed self defense and non violent direct action worked sometimes in tension but mostly in tandem in the African American freedom struggle.

Selected Works of Author Edward P. Jones
Edward Paul Jones is an American novelist and short story writer. His 2003 novel, The Known World, received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

The Known World
In one of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Edward P. Jones, two-time National Book Award finalist, tells the story of Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave who falls under the tutelage of William Robbins, the most powerful man in Manchester County, Virginia. Making certain he never circumvents the law, Townsend runs his affairs with unusual discipline. But when death takes him unexpectedly, his widow, Caldonia, can’t uphold the estate’s order and chaos ensues. In a daring and ambitious novel, Jones has woven a footnote of history into an epic that takes an unflinching look at slavery in all of its moral complexities.

All Aunt Hagar’s Children
Returning to the city that inspired his first prizewinning book, Lost in the City, Jones has filled this new collection with people who call Washington, D.C., home. Yet it is not the city’s power brokers that most concern him but rather its ordinary citizens. All Aunt Hagar’s Children turns an unflinching eye to the men, women, and children caught between the old ways of the South and the temptations that await them further north, people who in Jones’ masterful hands, emerge as fully human and morally complex, whether they are country folk used to getting up with the chickens or people with centuries of education behind them.

Lost in The City
The nation’s capital that serves as the setting for the stories in Edward P. Jones’ prizewinning collection, Lost in the City, lies far from the city of historic monuments and national politicians. Jones takes the reader beyond that world into the lives of African American men and women who work against the constant threat of loss to maintain a sense of hope. From “The Girl Who Raised Pigeons” to the well-to-do career woman awakened in the night by a phone call that will take her on a journey back to the past.


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