Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America
Herb Boyd, Robert L. Allen
One World, 1996 - Literary Collections - 922 pages
"[AN] OUTSTANDING COLLECTION...
The powerful opening excerpt by Frederick Douglass evokes his boyhood as a slave, and the collection closes with an eloquent discussion of the race problem today by Cornel West. A distinguished addition to black studies".
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The purpose of this extraordinary anthology is made abundantly clear by the editors' stated intention: "to create a living mosaic of essays and stories in which Black men can view themselves, and be viewed without distortion". In this, they have succeeded brilliantly. Brotherman contains more than one hundred and fifty selections, some never before published--from slave narratives, memoirs, social histories, novels, poems, short stories, biographies, autobiographies, position papers, and essays.
Brotherman books us passage to the world that Black men experience as adolescents, lovers, husbands, fathers, workers, warriors, and elders. On this journey they encounter pain, confusion, anger, and love while confronting the life-threatening issues of race, sex, and politics--often as strangers in a strange land. The first collection of its kind, Brotherman gathers together a multitude of voices that add a new, unforgettable chapter to American cultural identity.
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One day in August, he told me he was going to Mexico City for a week, and would
take me with him for the trip. He said I could see the summer bullfights and
Xochimilco. The trip was ten days off, but I began to dream about it, and to press
If I were not in Mexico City, "the safety of Black athletes would be the
responsibility of the United States Olympic Committee. The USOC would be
compelled to see that nothing happened to them." I had learned to respect
Lomax's advice in ...
Lomax had told me that "when the Olympic Games start, you should be as far
east and north from Mexico City as you can get without going to Canada." But,
rather than merely returning to Ithaca, New York (which is what Lomax had in
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The editors' attempt to gather essays, poems, and segments of larger works as well as short stories covering every aspect of the black man in America--past, present, and future--explains this book's ... Read full review