Bennett, Lerone. Jr.
Before The Mayflower.
5th ed. Chicago: Johnson Publishing Co., 1961.
Very comprehensive and scholarly, this book dramatically traces black history from its origins in the great memories of Western Africa and the translantic journey to slavery, through Reconstruction, the Jim Crow era, and the upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s. Interwoven throughout the book are portraits of figures in the struggle for freedom, and numerous illustrations that support major points and highlight personalities discussed in the text.
Comer, James P.
Maggie’s American Dream: The Life and Times of
This book tells the story of how a poor African American woman, determined to secure the best opportunities for her five children, succeeded against the odds. The author, a child psychologist at Yale University, is one of those five children. The book exemplified what thousands of black families experience as they struggle to keep their families together and educate their children.
Grambs, Jean Dresden & John C. Carr. Editors.
Education Copes With Color.
Iowa: Wm. C. Brown Co. Publishers. 1972.
This is a series of essays on the black experience. Essayists include James A. Banks, Phyllis Franklin, Barbara Glancy and Juel M. Janis. They confront the issue of negative or nonexistent images, the oversimplification, distortions and omissions in textbooks, and the impact on the selfconcept of both black and white students. Strong recommendations are made for teachers to use their initiative in demanding from publishers, books that reflect their students’ diversity.
Redding, Jay Saunders.
They Came In Chains
. Pa: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1950. This book gives excellent background information of the history of Africans from the time they were captured and brought to the “New World.” It includes detailed description of the middle passage as well as slave life in America and the Caribbean.
Developing Positive SelfImages and Discipline in Black Children
. Illinois: African-American Images, 1984.
The author, an educational consultant and author of several other books on educating African American youth, explains, in this book, the relationship between educating African American children and the problems in the larger society. He gives practical solutions to the problems faced by educators and African American children as they interact in the school setting.