Harlem Speaks: A Living History of the Harlem Renaissance / edited by Cary D. Wintz. Presents twenty-one essays that discuss the lives and accomplishments of important literary, musical, artistic, and political figures of the Harlem Renaissance, including Langston Hughes, Bessie Smith, Josephine Baker, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Marcus Garvey.
Thunder Soul. The inspiring, music-filled true story of high school band leader 'Prof' Johnson, who took a ragtag jazz band and transformed them into the legendary funk powerhouse that took the nation by storm. Now decades later, his students prepare to gather and celebrate the man who taught them about pride, honor and the power of a deep groove in this unforgettable true story. Link to library catalog: https://mplus.mnpals.net/vufind/Record/007920094
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War
In the 1850s, as Minnesota Territory was reaching toward statehood, settlers from the eastern United States moved in, carrying rigid perceptions of race and culture into a community built by people of many backgrounds who relied on each other for survival. History professor William Green unearths the untold stories of African Americans and contrasts their experiences with those of Indians, mixed bloods, and Irish Catholics.
Poems of exile, loss, and the celebration of that which remains by an Ojibwe author from Minnesota. Evokes personal yet universal experiences of the places that Native Americans call home, their family and national histories, and the emotional forces that help forge Native American identities.
Starting with a Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note, and including many out-of-print and limited edition chapbooks and broadsides, Transbluesency: The Selected Poems of Amiri Baraka concisely illuminates Baraka's almost single-handed renovation of both the nature and form of post-WWII African American literature, and his profound influence on a generation of poets of all ethnic backgrounds.
This anthology examines the origins, meanings, and enduring power of the powwow. Held on and off reservations, in rural and urban settings, powwows are an important vehicle for Native peoples to gather regularly. Although sometimes a paradoxical combination of both tribal and intertribal identities, they are a medium by which many groups maintain important practices.
Talking Rocks: Geology and 10,000 Years of Native American Tradition in the Lake Superior Region, Ron Morton & Carl Gawboy. A collaboration between an earth scientist and a Native American elder exploring the natural history of Lake Superior Region and examining both the science and spirit of the land. Link to library catalog: https://mplus.mnpals.net/vufind/Record/007687043
The woman's factory strike of 1909 is the story of thousands of young women (most of whom were below 18 years of age) who fought a sexist and dangerous labor system in a time before women had the right to vote. This book highlights an important event in U.S. labor history and makes history entertaining and interesting in the process.