On The Book Shelf

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Prince of DarknessPrince of Darkness sounds like it would be a biography about Satan, but it’s about Jeremiah O. Hamilton, the first African-American man to make a million dollars on Wall Street, a place where black men and women were once sold into slavery. Shane White, a professor of history at the University of Sydney in Australia is the author. White’s field is African-American history. The book’s subtitle is “The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire. The book, which was released in October, is published by St. Martins Press.



Police State: How America’s Cops Get Away With Murder, is really appropriate for the number of deadly shooting by police of unarmed black men that occur with a numbing frequency. Police, claiming they fear for their lives, shoot and kill people, many of them unarmed, for no reason. Gerry Spence, the book’s author, is a legendary trial attorney. The book is published by St. Martins Press.




Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America, is about Marshall’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court and the Southern Senators, including Strom Thurmond, who had a black mistress, who lined up to block him. Wil Haygood, a prolific writer, is the book’s author. The book is published by Alfred A. Knopf.




Books and and the black men who write them


During the 1970s and 1980s, black feminists gained a lot of traction with the white corporate press claiming black men don’t read. The truth is black men not only read, they also write.

In 2015, black men won the world’s top writing awards. Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings, a fictional account of the real-life attempted assassination of Reggae superstar Bob Marley in 1976, has been named winner of the coveted 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.


Read also: Jamaican author wins 2015 Man Booker Prize


Ta Nehisi Coates won the 2015 National Book Award  for Between The World and Me, which concerns the relationship between a black man and his son.


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