Fall 2015 course books

The course book order has been placed with Revolution Books. They are in the process of moving to Harlem and will re-open at 437 Malcolm X Blvd. in September. Contact them at 212-691-3345. Revolution will make a delivery to the class on a date to be announced in class and posted here. Course books are not at the Hunter bookstore (though you may see a few there for other courses).

Why Revolution and not the college bookstore? Because independent bookstores that support us as readers beyond the bare minimum the college requires are disappearing fast. Supporting them is both a political and an intellectual commitment to making sure the places that exist to provide the information we want will stick around. Revolution Books also sells to students at a discount, without tax, and delivers, which is convenient. Needless to say, you’re free to buy your course books wherever you want.


Jones_Baraka_Reader_50pxAmiri Baraka. William J. Harris, ed. The LeRoi Jones/ Amiri Baraka Reader. Basic Books, 1999. ISBN-13: 978-1560252383 (Various editions; all are acceptable and nearly identical.)

Peniel E. Joseph. Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America. Holt paperback, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-0805083354 (Any version is acceptable, especially if the older hardcover is on remainder.)

SOS_Anthology_50pxJohn Bracey, Sonia Sanchez, James Smethurst eds. SOS—Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader. UMass Press, 2014. ISBN: 978-162534-031-3

Other required readings will be posted for download on the Readings page and audio / video will be on the Media page. These are password protected. Use the password on your syllabus. community members who want to “virtually” enroll for the course should e-mail the instructor for the password.


BlackFire_pic_50pxAmiri Baraka, Larry Neal, eds. Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro American Writing. ISBN-13: 978-1-57478-039-5. Baltimore, MD: Black Classic Press, 2007. The 1968 edition is acceptable as well. On reserve at Hunter’s library. Also at the NY Public Library and other CUNY libraries. Especially good for drama/literature students.

The following are not required, but on reserve at Hunter’s library.

William L. Andrews; Frances  Foster Smith; Trudier Harris, eds. The Oxford Companion to African American Literature. Oxford University Press, 1997. On Reserve at Hunter’s Wexler library. Details here. Several copies are available to borrow in the NY Public Library System and in other CUNY libraries.


New Thoughts on the Black Arts Movement. Lisa Gail Collins, editor. Rutgers U Press, 2008. Available at Hunter’s library as a book and online resource (you’ll need Hunter NET ID to access).

Listen_Whitey_coverPat Thomas’s Listen Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975. is on reserve at Hunter’s Library. Recommended for those with an interest in music.