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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Greg stood apart, sipping a beer, a soft-spoken man with a bemused smile and
an oddly formal bearing. He was Kamau Akil, citizen of the Republic of New
Africa, a warrior in the defense of black people; he could quote Malcolm X and
I forced myself to smile just the same to avoid the sad stare that would have
appeared on my face. John explained that when he was nine or ten his father
chased him with a cord. John ran and tried to hide under a bed. He grabbed the
I read volumes of potential into those few seconds, and as I stroll past her I detect
a faint but unmistakable smile, and then she adds a slight movement of her head
that seems to be hallway between a friendly nod and an invitation. My heart ...
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Brotherman: the odyssey of black men in AmericaUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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