Category Archives: black studies

David Lucander, author Winning the War for Democracy: The March on Washington Movement, 1941-1946, was recognized by the African American Historical Society of Rockland County (NY) with this year’s Griot Award. The award is given “for outstanding contributions in transmitting … Continue reading

For the month of February 2016, to coincide with Black History Month, we have lowered the e-book list price of three titles in the University of Illinois Press catalog to $2.99. Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio, and Freedom by Sonja … Continue reading

A Hard Fight for We: Women’s Transition from Slavery to Freedom in South Carolina, by Leslie A. Schwalm African American women fought bravely and tenaciously for their freedom during the Civil War and after. Focusing on slave women on the … Continue reading

Please note this new interview with Ruth Nicole Brown, author of the UIP book Hear Our Truths: The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood and co-founder of Saving Our Lives Hear Our Truths (SOLHOT).

African American female playwrights, though still too often overlooked, have made great strides in the new century. Sandra Adell‘s new edited anthology presents ten works by contemporary African American women determined to bring dazzling new representations of black lives to the theater. Taken … Continue reading

Daisy Turner, the shotgun-wielding centenarian, was someone Jane Beck was anxious to meet. Beck, the Executive Director Emeritus and Founder of the Vermont Folklife Center, recounted her first encounter with Daisy Turner on the Vermont PBS program Connect. “First and foremost, she was … Continue reading

Blues All Day Long: The Jimmy Rogers Story by Wayne Everett Goins has been awarded a Certificate of Merit in Historical Research in Blues, Gospel, or R&B in the 2015 Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Awards for Excellence. Goins … Continue reading

Winning the War for Democracy: The March on Washington Movement, 1941-1946 by David Lucander has won the 2015 Missouri History Book Award, given by the State Historical Society of Missouri. The award is given to the author of the best … Continue reading

Black media pioneer Richard Durham was never an on-air star or featured player. Yet the poet, activist and script writer had a huge influence on how African Americans could be perceived in dramatizations. As Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio and … Continue reading

For the month of September 2015, to coincide with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History annual meeting September 23-27 in Atlanta, we have lowered the eBook list price of three titles in the University of Illinois … Continue reading