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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"You don't feel like you need to know why he did it, why he left us? Aren't you just
the slightest bit curious?" Troy asked, straining to keep the condescension out of
his voice. He did not have a great deal of respect for his brother's intellectual ...
The brothers never criticized me or made me feel out of place. We didn't promote
our religion, and that was really a good dynamic. When I talk to Muslims about
Simba, they say "This is Islam." The teachings are all about self. The Koran
I walk up on the stage from the little steps on the side, and immediately 1 feel self-
conscious standing under those two bright lights that seem to accentuate
everything and will no doubt accentuate the fact that I'm carrying a True
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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