Stay in the know as the African American Cultural Center adds new titles to its collection. Here we will add the new titles as they come in the door ready to be checked out by our patrons. We’ll also include a book summary to grab your attention and if the librarian has read it, she’ll add what made the book a good read for her.
We also have new videos that come in periodically so those will be featured as well. Videos are available for a 5 day checkout period.
Effa always loved baseball. As a young woman, she would go to Yankee Stadium just to see Babe Ruth’s mighty swing. But she never dreamed she would someday own a baseball team. Or be the first–and only–woman ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
From her childhood in Philadelphia to her groundbreaking role as business manager and owner of the Newark Eagles, Effa Manley always fought for what was right. And she always swung for the fences.
From author Audrey Vernick and illustrator Don Tate comes the remarkable story of an all-star of a woman.
Nine-year-old Ron loves going to the Lake City Public Library to look through all the books on airplanes and flight. Today, Ron is ready to take out books by “himself.” But in the segregated world of South Carolina in the 1950s, Ron’s obtaining his own library card is not just a small rite of passage – it is a young man’s first courageous mission. Here is an inspiring story, based on Ron McNair’s life, of how a little boy, future scientist, and “Challenger” astronaut desegregated his library through peaceful resistance.
In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. She vows to prepare them for the calamitous difficulty they are sure to face in their later lives, to meet a world that will not love them, a world that will not be kind. Captured here in twelve luminous narrative threads, their lives tell the story of a mother’s monumental courage and the journey of a nation.
Beautiful and devastating, Ayana Mathis’s The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is wondrous from first to last—glorious, harrowing, unexpectedly uplifting, and blazing with life. An emotionally transfixing page-turner, a searing portrait of striving in the face of insurmountable adversity, an indelible encounter with the resilience of the human spirit and the driving force of the American dream, Mathis’s first novel heralds the arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction.
AACC Librarian Note: I learned about this book before Oprah chose it for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 thanks to a book reviewer that I follow on Goodreads. The book description excited me and I looked forward to a new voice in literature. I read this book before I read Isobel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns (available for checkout at the AACC Library), but when I reflect back on what I read by Mathis with Wilkerson’s research juxtaposing the narration, I see more of the beauty of Mathis’ lyrical narrative. Imagine raising many kids in the shadow of slavery and wanting better for your children, but never quite capturing it. Mathis tells a captivating story through a series of vignettes surrounding Hattie, her children, and their lives. ~Carla R. Sarratt
Working as a porter for the Pullman Rail Company was an option, but it meant taking home a third as much as while employees and working some days for free. You could forget about being called by your real name–all black porters were simply called “George” after George Pullman, the first person to employ emancipated slaves.
Asa Philip Randolph, a black journalist and educated socialist trying to establish a voice for these forgotten workers agrees to fight for the Pullman porters’ cause and form the first black union in America. Livelihoods and lives would be put at risk in the attempt to gain 10,000 signatures of men known only as “George.” This is the true story of how a courageous leader came to be known as “the most dangerous man in America.”
Love Brewed in the African Pot
Movie Synopsis: Love collides with social class and colonialism when Aba Appiah, born to privilege, falls in love with Joe Quansah, son of a fisherman. Her father, retired civil servant Kofi Appiah, has other plans for her, and seeks to block their marriage. The resulting conflict has complex and unexpected consequences.