Best Black History Books
African American Lives Edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (Oxford University Press, April 2004, ISBN 0195-16024-X)
The biographies of more than 6,000 noteworthy African Americans are collected in this comprehensive and ambitious project.
I'll Find a Way, or Make One: A Tribute to Historically Black Colleges and Universities by Juan Williams and Dwayne Ashley (Amistad/HarperCollins, November 2004 ISBN 0-060-09453-2)
A reference book on the 108 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, highlighting their cultural, historical and social significance.
Meet Me at the Theresa: The Story of Harlem's Most Famous Hotel by Sondra Kathryn Wilson (Atria Books February 2004, ISBN 0-743-46688-8)
Fidel Castro, Dorothy Dandridge, Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Billie Holiday and Malcolm X were just a few of the guests who stayed at Harlem's elegant Hotel Theresa. Wilson examines the illustrious history of this New York City landmark.
Silent Covenants: Brown v. Board of Education and the Unfulfilled Hopes for Racial Reform by Derrick Bell (Oxford University Press April 2004, ISBN 0-195-17272-8)
Bell, a professor of law at New York University (he was previously a member of the Harvard Law School faculty and lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense), points out that groundbreaking court decision left many racial barriers to confront.
A History of the African-American People [Proposed] by Strom Thurmond: A Novel As Told to Percival Everett and James Kincaid (Akeshio Books, April 2004 IBBN 1-888-45157-2)
And the novel itself is damned funny, too. Such satire is a fitting memorial to o1' Strom.
Most "Prized" Fiction of 2004
The Known World by Edward P. Jones (Amistad/HarperCollins August 2003 ISBN 0-060-55754-0)
This well-crafted and engaging novel tells the story of Henry Townsend, a black bootmaker and former slave who becomes a slave owner during the 1800s in Virginia. Truly worthy of every accolade bestowed upon it, including the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and most recently the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award (see BETWEEN THE LINES, page 10).
Most Expensive Book
GOAT: A Tribute to Muhammad All by Howard L. Bingham (Taschen, April 2004 ISBN 3-822-83068-2)
The Collector's Edition of this book, which celebrates the life and career of the Greatest of All Time, costs a whopping $3,000. The Champ's Edition will set you back $7,500. Photographer Bingham met Ali in 1962...