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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Soon, nearly everywhere my father went, Black Legionnaires were reviling him
as an "uppity nigger" for wanting to own a store, for living outside the Lansing
Negro district, for spreading unrest and dissention among "the good niggers." As
in Omaha, my mother was pregnant again, this time with my youngest sister.
Shortly after Yvonne was born came the nightmare night in 1929, my earliest
vivid memory. I remember being suddenly snatched awake into a frightening
confusion of pistol ...
(Do you remember the Reo? It was manufactured in Lansing, and R. E. Olds, the
man after whom it was named, also lived in Lansing. When the war came along,
they hired some Negro janitors.) The bulk of the Negroes were either on Welfare,
or WP.A., or they starved. The day was to come when our family was so poor that
we would eat the hole out of a doughnut; but at that time we were much better off
than most town Negroes. The reason was that we raised much of our own food ...
I can remember my mother, Jacquelyn, taking me to see James Bond movies.
She liked them. I used to like old 007 myself. I remember seeing Help! with the
Beatles and A Hard Day's Night. My mother was always taking me places to see
performing arts. I was grounded in the arts. I can remember so clearly how she
took me to the Radio City Music Hall one Easter Sunday to see Bye Bye Birdie. I
also remember her taking me to Broadway to see The King and I with Yul Brynner
when I ...
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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