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October is Black History Month, when we celebrate and acknowledge black culture, art and history throughout the world. The theme of this year’s Black History Month focuses on tackling conscious and unconscious bias, showing the damaging effects bias can have on communities. Below are a collection of titles exploring different aspects of black history, from influence on contemporary dance to insights into civil rights literature.

Mandela African American History Civil Rights Mission

Bestseller
The Mission
A Life for Freedom in South Africa
Denis Goldberg
2010 428pp, full colour & black & white illustrations
9781920222437 Paperback
A memoir of Denis Goldberg, anti-apartheid activist, and comrade of Nelson Mandela, who spent 22 years in prison. Goldberg writes about the often painful road to freedom, about the joy of love and death, human dignity, political passion, comradeship, and conflict between comrades to give readers an insight into this important chapter in South African history.
Real African Publishers

New
Mandela's Dancers
Oral Histories of Program Participants and Organizers
Rodreguez King-Dorset
Jul 2016 212pp, 45 photos
9780786499861 Paperback
Explores an overlooked chapter in the history of post-liberation South Africa: the dance scholarship programme at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, which provided 22 South African dance students the opportunity to study in London from 1994 to 2005. Drawing on archival photographs and personal recollections, the author highlights the experiences of six of those dancers and Mandela's significance for contemporary dance.
McFarland

Forthcoming
African American History
Salem Press
Dec 2016 900pp, 3 volumes, 100 tables and photos
9781682171523 Hardback
Great Events from History
This new set chronicles the rich history of African Americans, with articles on the major social, political, economic, and cultural events and developments of nearly four centuries.
Salem Press

Forthcoming
Civil Rights Literature
Edited by Christopher A. Varlack
Jan 2017 300pp
9781682172681 Hardback
Critical Insights
American civil rights literature has largely been associated with speeches, letters, and non-fiction works produced by African-American activists of the 1950s and ‘60s. This volume not only examines key works of the African-American civil rights debate past and present, it also explores issues of gender equality and sexual orientation integral to civil rights studies.
Salem Press

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October is Black History Month, when we celebrate and acknowledge black culture, art and history throughout the world. The theme of this year’s Black History Month focuses on tackling conscious and unconscious bias, showing the damaging effects bias can have on communities. Below are a collection of titles exploring different aspects of black history, discussing Christianity and the Black Power movement and a look at imperialism and colonialism in both the World Wars and South Africa.

Heroes Faith Colonial Ties

New
Ties that Bind
Race and the Politics of Friendship in South Africa
Edited by Shannon Walsh & Jon Soske
Sep 2016 288pp, 10 images
9781868149681 Paperback

An intriguing and long overdue book about race and friendship. It marks a time worldwide when virtual friendships are fast becoming the norm. And yet, after reading the chapters, one is left with a clearer sense of what it takes - or might take in the future - to actually be friends across race."
- Sarah Nuttall, author of Entanglement: Literary and Cultural Reflections on Post-apartheid

While histories of apartheid and colonialism in South Africa have often focused on the ideologies of segregation and white supremacy, Ties that Bind explores how the intimacies of friendship create vital spaces for practices of power and resistance.
Wits University Press

Forthcoming
Faith in Black Power
Religion, Race, and Resistance in Cairo, Illinois
Kerry Pimblott
Jan 2017 324pp, 15 black & white images
9781868149681 Paperback
Civil Rights and the Struggle for Black Equality in the Twentieth Century
In this reassessment of the impact of religion on the black power movement, Kerry Pimblott presents a nuanced challenge to the conventional narratives of the de-Christianisation of the movement, revealing that Cairoites embraced both old-time religion and revolutionary thought.
The University Press of Kentucky 

Forthcoming
Unsung Heroes and Heroines of the South African Liberation Struggle
Gregory Houston et al
Nov 2016 308pp
9780796925572 Paperback
A compilation of 26 profiles of a diverse selection of activists and leaders in the South African liberation struggle, framed between an introduction, a brief chronological account of the liberation struggle between 1950 and 1994, and a conclusive analysis of the autobiographical accounts as well as their legacy.
HSRC Press

African Colonial Prisoners of the Germans
A Pictorial History of Captive Soldiers in the World Wars
Paul Garson
Jun 2016 216pp, 264 photos
9781476665450 Paperback
Featuring a collection of never before published photos taken by German soldiers, this book records the fate of many French Colonial African soldiers during World War I and World War II. The author presents the images in the historical context of imperialism and colonialism.
McFarland

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October is Black History Month, where we celebrate and acknowledge black culture, art and history throughout the world. The theme of this year’s Black History Month focuses on tackling conscious and unconscious bias, showing the damaging effects bias can have on communities. Below are a collection of titles exploring different aspects of black history, including an in depth look at Apartheid, the Black LGBTQ community and the revolutionary effects of Jazz music.

Apartheid Fashioning Jazz

Forthcoming
Fashioning Lives
Black Queers and the Politics of Literacy
Eric Darnell Pritchard
Dec 2016 320pp
9780809335541 Paperback

“Pritchard shows that the stakes of literacy touch on the matter of how we read alongside and against discourses of race, gender, class, and sexuality. This is a needed book.”
- Roderick A. Ferguson, author, The Reorder of Things: The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference

Examines the literacy practices of Black LGBTQ people, developing - from sixty in-depth interviews conducted with individuals of various ages living across the United States - an analytical theory of "black queer literacies".
Southern Illinois University Press

New
The Rhetorical Origins of Apartheid
How the Debates of the Natives Representative Council, 1937-1950, Shaped South African Racial Policy
Mia Roth
Sep 2016 220pp
9780786499823 Paperback
All but forgotten are the African leaders who spoke against the apartheid system of white rule in its infancy. The founders of the ANC were members of the Natives Representative Council, a legislative adjunct of South African Parliament. The speeches of the NRC are published here for the first time, along with discussion of the Council's elections, its members and the white government who used the NRC's rhetoric to its own ends.
McFarland

Free Jazz/Black Power
Philippe Carles & Jean-Louis Comolli
Feb 2016 256pp
American Made Music Series
9781496807793 Paperback
9781628460391 Hardback
In 1971, French jazz critics Philippe Carles and Jean-Louis Comolli co-wrote Free Jazz/Black Power, a treatise on the racial and political implications of jazz and jazz criticism. The authors reached radical conclusions - free jazz was a revolutionary reaction against white domination, was the musical counterpart to the Black Power movement, and was a music that demanded a similar political commitment.
University Press of Mississippi

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The First of October marks the beginning of Black History Month, where we celebrate and acknowledge black culture, art and history throughout the world. The theme of this year’s Black History Month focuses on tackling conscious and unconscious bias, showing the damaging effects bias can have on communities. Below are a collection of titles exploring black history, including the presentation of black people and communities in popular culture and film and the history of the Bamana Empire.

Blackness Blaxploitation Bamana


Forthcoming
Blackness Is Burning
Civil Rights, Popular Culture, and the Problem of Recognition
TreaAndrea M. Russworm
Oct 2016 320pp, 32 illustrations
9780814340516 Paperback
Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series

“Russworm’s prose is accessible and rigorous: her ability to convey and critique theoretical concepts within her analyses of Black media representations in a tangible, almost commonsense way, is immensely laudable—and no small feat.”
– Bambi Haggins, author of Laughing Mad: The Black Comic Persona in Post Soul America

Critiques the politics of recognition and representation in popular culture as attempts to "humanise" black identity through stories of suffering and triumph or tales of destruction and survival.
Wayne State University Press

Forthcoming
Beyond Blaxploitation
Edited by Novotny Lawrence & Gerald R. Butters
Dec 2016 288pp, 32 illustrations
9780814340769 Paperback
Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series
A ground-breaking scholarly anthology devoted to examining canonical and lesser-known films of the blaxploitation movement to demonstrate the richness, depth, and complexity of this intriguing period in motion picture history.
Wayne State University Press

The Bamana Empire by the Niger
Kingdom, Jihad and Colonization 1712-1920
Sundiata A. K. Djata
Jul 2016 277pp
9781558766075 Paperback
9781558766068 Hardback
The powerful Bamana State emerged in 1712 and centred around the Middle Niger, where most inhabitants were Bamanas with their own language and religion. It was a sophisticated society with nobles, casted groups, and slaves. This title provides a colourful picture of this state, which for centuries was a solid commercial, military, and agricultural society formed by ideologies other than imported religions.
Markus Wiener Publishers

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