THE NEW BLACK by Kenneth W. Mack and Guy-Uriel Charles

October 6, 2013

Kenneth W. Mack and Guy-Uriel Charles spoke about their book, The New Black: What Has Changed—and What Has Not—with Race in America, at Politics & Prose on Sunday, October 6, 2013.

The arrival of an African American man in the White House has brought into focus a world of race relations that has changed profoundly since the civil rights movement. At the dawn of what some consider to be a new age—the result of economic, social, environmental, technological, and political shifts in the United States and abroad—there is a growing and vibrant debate both within and beyond communities of color about the complex and evolving politics of race and race relations in America.

In this incisive, accessible volume, a group of eminent public intellectuals—historians, sociologists, syndicated writers, prominent scholars, and well-known cultural critics—move past the familiar half-century-old framework to challenge conventional wisdom on topics including immigration, images of black women, the changing political power of African Americans and other groups, and the overall terms of debate about race in America.

The New Black represents a major new effort to move the conversation forward and to address more effectively the real inequalities that persist, offering a vital set of innovative ideas and intellectual tools for facing the new century.

The New Black: What Has Changed--And What Has Not--With Race in America By Kenneth W. Mack (Editor), Guy-Uriel Charles (Editor) Cover Image
By Kenneth W. Mack (Editor), Guy-Uriel Charles (Editor)
ISBN: 9781595586773
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Published: New Press - September 3rd, 2013

FIRST CLASS by Alison Stewart

August 26, 2013

Alison Stewart spoke about her book, First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America's First Black Public High School, at Politics & Prose on Monday, August 26, 2013.

Combining a fascinating history of the first U.S. high school for African Americans with an unflinching analysis of urban public-school education today, First Class explores an underrepresented and largely unknown aspect of black history while opening a discussion on what it takes to make a public school successful. In 1870, in the wake of the Civil War, citizens of Washington, DC, opened the Preparatory High School for Colored Youth, the first black public high school in the United States; it would later be renamed Dunbar High and would flourish despite Jim Crow laws and segregation. Dunbar attracted an extraordinary faculty: its early principal was the first black graduate of Harvard, and at a time it had seven teachers with PhDs, a medical doctor, and a lawyer. During the school’s first 80 years, these teachers would develop generations of highly educated, successful African Americans, and at its height in the 1940s and ’50s, Dunbar High School sent 80 percent of its students to college.

Today, as in too many failing urban public schools, the majority of Dunbar students are barely proficient in reading and math. Journalist and author Alison Stewart—whose parents were both Dunbar graduates—tells the story of the school’s rise, fall, and possible resurgence as it looks to reopen its new, state-of-the-art campus in the fall of 2013.

First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America's First Black Public High School By Alison Stewart, Melissa Harris-Perry (Foreword by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781613731765
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Published: Lawrence Hill Books - August 1st, 2015

D.C. and the Civil Rights Movement

May 5, 2013

This panel discussion about D.C. and the Civil Rights Movement took place at Politics & Prose on Sunday, May 5, 2013.

In partnership with the Humanities Council and to mark the 50th anniversary of the events of 1963, join author Maurice Jackson; writer Carol McCabe Booker; and award-winning journalist Simeon Booker for a discussion of the role our city played in the Civil Rights Movement. Recommended reading: Bombingham, by Anthony Grooms.

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ISBN: 9780345452931
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Published: One World - October 1st, 2002