Poetry, Fiction, and Memoir

Manteca! An Anthology of Afro-Latin@ Poets

¡Manteca! An Anthology of Afro-Latin@ Poets

Edited by Assistant English Professor Melissa Castillo Planas, the book is the first poetry anthology to highlight writings by Latinos of African descent. It features the work of more than 40 Afro-Latino poets.

The Beautiful Darkness by Joshunda Sanders

The Beautiful Darkness: A Handbook for Orphans

In this candid memoir, Joshunda Sanders, a communications specialist in the Office of the President, recalls her three-year journey through loss, grief, and solitude, and how it led to reconciliation, forgiveness, and, ultimately, healing.

Une soirée haïtienne

Une soirée haïtienne

Edited by Professor Thomas Spear, who holds appointments in Lehman’s Department of Languages and Literatures and at the CUNY Graduate Center, Une soirée haïtienne is a collection of short texts by 30 contemporary Haitian writers. 

In West Mills

In West Mills

The debut novel of Adjunct Assistant English Professor D’Shawn Winslow, the book spans decades in a rural North Carolina town where a canal acts as the color line.


History, Literary Criticism, Biography, Media Studies

Dona Ivone Lara’s Sorriso Negro

Dona Ivone Lara's Sorriso Negro

More than simply a paragon of Brazilian samba, Dona (Lady) Ivone Lara’s 1981 Sorriso Negro (translated to Black Smile) is an album deeply embedded in the political and social tensions of its time. In this event, Mila Burns, an assistant professor of Latin American and Latino Studies, explores Lara’s path-breaking career.

The 20th Century Civil Rights Movement

The 20th Century Civil Rights Movement: An Africana Studies Perspective (Kendall Hunt, 2021)

Written by Africana Studies Professor Mark Christian, the book covers major aspects of the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement using sources directly associated with leaders of the campaigns. It references the voices of those who knew Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X on a personal and professional level but are often overlooked by academia.

Constance Baker Motley

Constance Baker Motley: One Woman's Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice under Law

Gary Ford, an assistant Africana Studies professor, explores the key role Motley played in the legal fight to desegregate public schools as well as colleges and universities, housing, transportation, lunch counters, museums, libraries, parks, and other public accommodations.

Being Apart by Larose T. Parris

Being Apart: Theoretical and Existencial Resistance in Africana Literature

Africana Studies Associate Professor LaRose T. Parris draws on traditional and radical Western theory to emphasize how nineteenth- and twentieth-century Africana thinkers explored the two principal existential themes of being and freedom prior to existentialism's rise to prominence in postwar European thought.

Professor Mary Phillips

The Intersectional Black Panther Party History Project (IPHP)

On the eve of the Panthers’ fiftieth anniversary in 2016, Africana Studies Assistant Professor Mary Phillips and three fellow African American women historians created this multimedia exploration to provide a deeper analysis of womens’ critical roles in the organization.

The Revolution Has Come by Robyn C. Spencer

The Revolution Has Come: Black Power, Gender, and the Black Panther Party in Oakland

Associate History Professor Robyn Spencer traces the Black Panther Party's organizational evolution in Oakland, California. She draws on interviews with rank-and-file members, FBI files, and archival materials to examine the impact that the Panthers' internal politics and COINTELPRO's political repression had on the organization's evolution and dissolution.

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