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Hossein, Caroline Shenaz, ed. The Black Social Economy in the Americas: Exploring Diverse Community-Based Markets. NY: New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, pp.230, ISBN: 9781137600479.

This book explores the meaning of the term "Black social economy," a self-help sector that remains autonomous from the state and business sectors. In this volume, fourteen scholars explore the concept of the "Black social economy," bringing together innovative research on the lived experience of Afro-descendants in business and society in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, and the United States. The case studies in this book feature horrific legacies of enslavement, colonization, and racism, and they recount the myriad ways that persons of African heritage have built humane alternatives to the dominant market economy that excludes them to shed light on how Black people has been overlooked in the social economy literature.

de la Fuente, Alejandro and George Reid Andrews, eds. Afro-Latin American Studies. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2018, pp.400, ISBN: 1316630668.

This book is a survey of humanities and social science scholarship in Afro-Latin American Studies organized by topic that synthesize and present the state of knowledge on a broad variety of topics, including Afro-Latin American music, religions, literature, art history, political thought, social movements, legal history, environmental history, and ideologies of racial inclusion. The volume connects the region's long history of slavery to the major political, social, cultural, and economic developments of the last two centuries; written by scholars in each of those topics to provide an introduction to the field of Afro-Latin American Studies.

Rocksborough-Smith, Ian. Black Public History in Chicago: Civil Rights Activism from World War II into the Cold War. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2018, pp.248, ISBN: 025208330X.

This volume argues that in civil-rights-era Chicago, a dedicated group of Black activists, educators, and organizations employed Black public history as more than cultural activism as their work and vision energized a Black public history movement that promoted political progress in the crucial time between World War II and the onset of the Cold War with research and adept storytelling to provide a look at how these committed individuals leveraged Chicago's Black public history. Hence, the author shows how teacher worked to advance curriculum reform in public schools, while well-known activists Margaret and Charles Burroughs pushed for greater recognition of Black history by founding the DuSable Museum of African American History, and organizations like the Afro-American Heritage Association, used Black public history work to connect radical politics and nationalism as these people and their projects advanced important ideas about race, citizenship, education, and intellectual labor that paralleled the shifting terrain of mid-twentieth century civil rights.

Langmia, Kehbuma, ed. Black/Africana Communication Theory. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, pp.345, ISBN: 3319754467. This volume assembles communicologists who propose uniquely Black-driven theories that stand the test of time in fifteen chapters to explore Afrocentricity, Afro-Cultural Mulatto, Venerative Speech Theory, Africana Symbolic Contextualism Theory, HaramBuntu-Government-Diaspora Communications Theory, Consciencist Communication Theory and Racial Democracy Effect Theory are introduced, and other theories. The editor is Professor/Chair and Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Strategic, Legal and Management Communications at Howard University in Washington, DC.

Causey-Konate, Tammie M. and Margaret Montgomery-Richard, eds. Called to Sankofa: Leading In, Through and Beyond Disaster: A Narrative Account of African Americans Leading Education in Post-Katrina New Orleans. New York, NY: Peter Lang Inc., 2018, pp.126, ISBN: 1433154080.

This work is a collection of Hurricane Katrina survival stories by African American education leaders in New Orleans. It draws upon the West African concept, Sankofa (a concept that serves as a lens for examining leadership in the aftermath of disaster; it serves as an intense magnifier and illuminator of lessons considered relevant and profoundly valuable to guide one's understanding of how to lead in, through and beyond disaster), which loosely translates to "return to the source and fetch." The griots, through their stories, fetch salvageable and knowledge-laden valuables linked to their resilience and rebuilding efforts. Thus, the book rejects the assumption that "all was broken" in education--either before or due to Katrina, and through the storytellers, one is reminded that to rebuild things better than before, one must take stock of, extract meaning from and be guided by what constituted the "before." Hence, the book documents the leaders' acts of resilience, optimism, strength, passion and resolve and details the support structures and sources of inspiration that enabled within them the capacity to adapt to the chaotic and uncertain environments and to be moved to action and leadership.

Molette, Carlton and Barbara. Afrocentric Theatre. Bloomington, Indiana: XLIBRIS, 2013, pp.314, ISBN: 1483637395.

This work argues that Afrocentric theatre is a culturally-based art form wherein culture and values shape perceptions of such phenomena as time, space, heroism, reality, truth, and beauty. And therefore, these culturally variable social constructions determine standards for evaluating and analyzing art and govern the way people perceive theatrical presentations as well as film and video drama. Hence, the book describes the nature of an art form that embraces and disseminates African American culture and values, and suggests a framework for interpreting and evaluating that art form and assesses the endeavors of dramatists who work from an Afrocentric perspective.

Bell, Janet Dewart. Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement. New York, NY: The New Press, 2018, pp.240, ISBN: 1620973359.

This work shines a light on women's all-too-often overlooked achievements in the Movement. Through wide-ranging conversations with nine women, several now in their nineties with decades of untold stories, we hear what ignited and fueled their activism. Hence, the book provides personal and intimate accounts of extraordinary struggles for justice that resulted in profound social change, stories that remain important and relevant today. And retrospectively, the volume argues that during the Civil Rights Movement, African American women were generally not in the headlines; they simply did the work that needed to be done, yet despite their significant contributions at all levels of the movement, they remain mostly invisible to the larger public. The author is a social justice activist with a doctorate in leadership and change from Antioch University; she founded the Derrick Bell Lecture on Race in American Society series at the New York University School of Law.

Afolayan, Adeshina and Toyin Falola, eds. The Palgrave Handbook of African Philosophy. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, pp.867, ISBN: 1137592907.

This handbook investigates the current state and future possibilities of African philosophy as a discipline and as a practice, vis-a-vis the challenge of African development and Africa's place in a globalized, neoliberal capitalist economy. Hence, the volume offers a survey of...

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