Black Voices : In Their Own Words

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The awkward thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: tales of a 6’4”, African American, heterosexual, cisgender, left-leaning, asthmatic, Black and proud blerd, Mama’s boy, dad, and stand-up comedian / W. Kamau Bell.

A memoir and manifesto by the comedian, podcast host, and star of "United Shades of America" shares progressive views on issues ranging from race relations and law enforcement to right-wing politics and parenthood. (Baker & Taylor)

Born a crime: stories from a South African childhood / Trevor Noah.

The host of The Daily Show With Trevor Noah traces his wild coming of age during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed, offering insight into the farcical aspects of the political and social systems of today's world. (Atlas Pub.)

The fire this time: a new generation speaks out about race / Jesamyn Ward.

Presents a continuation of James Baldwin's 1963 "The Fire Next Time" that examines racial issues from the past half-century through essays, poems, and memoir pieces by some of the current generation's most original thinkers and writers. (Baker & Taylor)

Heavy: an American memoir / Kiese Laymon.

An essayist and novelist explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse. (Baker & Taylor)

Negroland: a memoir / Margo Jefferson.

A highly personal meditation on race, sex, and American culture traces the author's upbringing and education in upper-class African-American circles against a backdrop of the Civil Rights era and its contradictory aftermath. (Baker & Taylor)

Sign my name to freedom: a memoir of a pioneering life / Betty Reid Soskin.

Blending together selections from many of Betty’s hundreds of blog entries with interviews, letters, and speeches collected throughout her long life, Sign My Name to Freedom invites readers into an American life through the words and thoughts of a national treasure who has never stopped looking at herself, the nation, or the world with fresh eyes. (Hay House)

There will be no miracles here: a memoir / Casey Gerald.

The co-founder of MBAs Across America describes his upbringing in a black evangelical family, his football recruitment into Yale, and the brutal wealth gap that is forcing increasingly large numbers of marginalized groups to redefine the American Dream. (Baker & Taylor)

When they call you a terrorist: a Black Lives Matter memoir / Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele.

A memoir by the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement explains the movement's position of love, humanity, and justice, challenging perspectives that have negatively labeled the movement's activists while calling for essential political changes. (Baker & Taylor)

White like her: my family’s story of race and racial passing / Gail Lukasik.

The author explains her mother's decision to "pass" as a white woman in the Jim Crow South, her own struggles with identity, and how she uncovered her mother's lineage and background. (Baker & Taylor)

You can’t touch my hair: and other things I still have to explain / Phoebe Robinson.

The stand-up comedian and WNYC podcaster offers humorous, poignant essays describing her experience as a black woman in modern America on topics such as how she’s been questioned on her love of Billy Joel and U2 and why you can’t touch her hair. (Atlas Pub.)