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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In unison we saluted our big brother, stomping one giant step forward, hitting our
right fist against our tight chest, and finally over our heads. "Greetings, big
brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity incorporated, sir!" We ended our greetings
in a ...
JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN Brothers and Keepers I heard the news first in a phone
call from my mother. My youngest brother, Robby, and two of his friends had
killed a man during a holdup. Robby was a fugitive, wanted for armed robbery
Huey wanted brothers off the block — brothers who had been out there robbing
banks, brothers who had been pimping, ... I don't give a damn if a black brother's
in the South because we have brothers from the South all the way up here 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