Thursday, December 13, 2007

Anti-racist books


BOSTON, MA (Dec. 5, 2007) - They definitely are passionate about books, and about social justice. For twenty-three years, the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America ( ) has identified books speaking of too-often erased histories and too scantily noticed ideas and strategies for a more humane future. Today the Center announced the 2007 winners:

  • Kenny Fries, The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin’s Theory (Carroll & Graf)
  • Saidiya Hartman, Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex, edited by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence (South End Press)
  • Sara Littlecrow-Russell, The Secret Powers of Naming, (University of Arizona Press)
  • Tina Lopes & Barb Thomas, Dancing on Live Embers: Challenging Racism in Organizations, (Between The Lines)
  • Micki McElya, Clinging to Mammy: The Faithful Slave in Twentieth-Century America, (Harvard University Press)
  • Steven Salaita, Anti-Arab Racism in the US, (Pluto Press)
  • Alex Sanchez, Getting It: A Novel (Simon & Schuster)
  • Chip Smith, The Cost of Privilege: Taking on the System of White Supremacy and Racism, Camino Press)
  • Harriet A. Washington, Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present (Doubleday)

The list is eclectic. “Any one of the winners is a stepping stone to deeper thought and renewed social justice activism,” says Loretta J. Williams, Director of the Center.

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