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Saving the Race: Conversations on Du Bois from a Collective Memoir of Souls

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Publisher Comments:

W.E.B. Du Boiss The Souls of Black Folk is one of the most influential books ever published in this country. In it, Du Bois wrote that “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line,” a prophecy that is as fresh and poignant today as when it first appeared in print in 1903. Now, one hundred years after The Souls of Black Folk was first published, Saving the Race reexamines the legacy of Du Bois and his “color line” prophecy from a modern viewpoint. The author, Rebecca Carroll, a biracial woman who was reared by white parents, not only provides her own personal perspective, but she invites eighteen well-known African Americans to share their ideas and opinions about what Du Bois's classic text means today.

Lalita Tademy, author

Stanley Crouch, cultural critic, novelist

ALelia Bundles, great-great-granddaughter of Madame C.J. Walker, author

David Graham Du Bois, stepson of W.E.B. Du Bois, writer, teacher, activist

Touré, novelist, contributing writer for Rolling Stone magazine

Julian Bond, chairman of the board, NAACP

Thelma Golden, chief curator and deputy director for exhibitions and programs at the Studio Museum of Harlem

Kathleen Cleaver, former communications secretary of the Black Panther party

Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., civil rights leader and lawyer

Cory Booker, former New Jersey councilman, mayoral candidate, activist

Jewell Jackson McCabe, founder and president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women

Derrick Bell, professor of law, New York University

Elizabeth Alexander, poet and writer

Clarence Major, author, poet, artist

Terence Blanchard, horn player, film composer

Reverend Dr. James Forbes, senior minister of Riverside Church, New York

Patricia Smith, poet

LeAlan Jones, author

The result is an insightful and illuminating collection of interviews both provocative and inspiring. Saving the Race paints a fascinating, complicated, and colorful portrait about the “souls of black folk” in twenty-first century America.

Review:

"In his landmark book on race, The Souls of Black Folks, W.E.B. DuBois detailed the schizophrenic lifestyle black Americans had to live in order to find their place in post-slavery America. Carroll's latest work since the well-received Sugar In The Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America revisits DuBois's classic more than 100 years after its debut to examine the current relevance of its original content. Carroll interviewed 18 well-known black scholars, journalists, artists, politicians and activists for her project, asking them to reflect on selected DuBois passages and to offer new interpretations of them. The result is a handbook of personal reflections and cultural insights from the likes of Derrick Bell, Patricia Smith, Julian Bond and Elizabeth Alexander on the issues of black authenticity, inequality, fitting in, being the 'different' black person and on DuBois himself. Personal anecdotes at the beginning of each chapter give readers a front-row view of Carroll's own struggles as a biracial woman trying desperately to discover how to be black — with only white parents, a few black friends and a large dose of race consciousness as her guides. All together, the short-chapter format weaves together the personal history and the variant commentary nicely, but somehow the book remains disjointed and unfocused, perhaps because it never focuses on a central theme." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Now, 100 years after "The Souls of Black Folk" was first published, Carroll reexamines the legacy of Du Bois and his "color line" prophecy from a modern viewpoint.

Synopsis:

One hundred years after "The Souls of Black Folk" was first published, "Saving the Race" reexamines the legacy of Du Bois and his "color line" prophecy from a modern viewpoint. Includes commentary from 18 well-known African Americans, who share their ideas and opinions about what Du Bois's classic text means today.

About the Author

REBECCA CARROLL, the editor in chief of the Independent Film & Video Monthly Magazine, was awarded the W.E.B Du Bois Fellowship at Harvard University, worked as a segment producer for Charlie Rose, and served as a senior editor for both Contentville.com and Africana.com. She is also the author of Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America, which won a1998 ALA Award for Top Ten Adult Books for Young Adults.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767916196
Subtitle:
Conversations on Du Bois from a Collective Memoir of Souls
Author:
Carroll, Rebecca
Publisher:
Harlem Moon
Location:
New York
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Minority Studies - Race Relations
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
Americas (North Central South West Indies)
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
2001-08
Publication Date:
20040608
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.04x5.22x.51 in. .43 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In his landmark book on race, The Souls of Black Folks, W.E.B. DuBois detailed the schizophrenic lifestyle black Americans had to live in order to find their place in post-slavery America. Carroll's latest work since the well-received Sugar In The Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America revisits DuBois's classic more than 100 years after its debut to examine the current relevance of its original content. Carroll interviewed 18 well-known black scholars, journalists, artists, politicians and activists for her project, asking them to reflect on selected DuBois passages and to offer new interpretations of them. The result is a handbook of personal reflections and cultural insights from the likes of Derrick Bell, Patricia Smith, Julian Bond and Elizabeth Alexander on the issues of black authenticity, inequality, fitting in, being the 'different' black person and on DuBois himself. Personal anecdotes at the beginning of each chapter give readers a front-row view of Carroll's own struggles as a biracial woman trying desperately to discover how to be black — with only white parents, a few black friends and a large dose of race consciousness as her guides. All together, the short-chapter format weaves together the personal history and the variant commentary nicely, but somehow the book remains disjointed and unfocused, perhaps because it never focuses on a central theme." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Now, 100 years after "The Souls of Black Folk" was first published, Carroll reexamines the legacy of Du Bois and his "color line" prophecy from a modern viewpoint.
"Synopsis" by , One hundred years after "The Souls of Black Folk" was first published, "Saving the Race" reexamines the legacy of Du Bois and his "color line" prophecy from a modern viewpoint. Includes commentary from 18 well-known African Americans, who share their ideas and opinions about what Du Bois's classic text means today.
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