“The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery”
A powerful collection of essays that New York Times best-selling author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says “is one of the most comprehensive, enlightening, and thought-provoking books I have ever read on African-American history. The insights into how slavery affects every aspect of America today from politics to economics to culture is powerfully presented by this remarkable essay collection.”
“Rarely in American history has the disconnect between past and present been so obvious in our national discourse: with slavery recast as ‘inconvenient’ rather than devastating as the nation struggles to pretend away its legacy of racism. In this important series of essays, some of the nation’s leading scholars, thinkers and artists help reframe our national dialogue to point toward real healing rather than the treacherous path of continued denial and destruction.”
– Tananarive Due, author and activist, American Book Award winner, co-author of Freedom in the Family: a Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights
“This book is overflowing with truth telling. And page after page makes it painfully clear that until our nation fully owns and deals with the burden of enslavement of African Americans, all of America’s people can never be truly free.”
– Johnnetta Betsch Cole, President Emerita at Spelman and Bennett Colleges and Principal Consultant for Cook Ross, Inc.
“Raising a Parent: Lessons My Daughter Taught Me While We Grew Up Together
A collection of essays about the adventures of a mother raising her daughter through high school.
A collection of essays on American life, 9/11, education and children, Life Lessons offers readers a chance to experience a writer whose gift for language makes you want to sit on a front porch with her book in your hands and your shoes off.