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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I said Do, Son of Man, Doooooo! — These dry bones live? Amen! And we heard
and rose up. Because in all their blasting they could not blast away one solitary
vibration of God's true word . . . We heard it down among the roots and among the
Ginger Pasko had heard the cries, but she did not turn around to see, she knew
who the woman would be. Wilbur Braxton was still telling hisself that he had done
his best. He had told the jury, "I stand before you respectfully and humbly.
When lovers paused below me I heard the wet sounds of their kissing and the
breath coming out of their noses, the rustle of clothing as they rifled each other's
bodies. I was invisible to them, but only an arm's length away in the dark. On the ...
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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