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 stared and did not move or answer. "Take the blotter," she said. I wanted to
reach for the blotter and succeeded only in twitching my arm. "Here," she said
sharply, reaching for the blotter and shoving it into my fingers. She wrote in ink on
So he moved cautiously to the edge of the stage, and the gritty Muslims he
played with gathered close. It was some mean honking blues, and he made no
attempt to hide his intentions. He was breaking bad. "Okay, baby," we all thought.
MOVE is an organization, or a family, a group of Black activists in the
Philadelphia community. Mumia ... radio announcer in Philadelphia, and a writer,
who in his radio programs and his daily column supported MOVE activists 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