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Reading List for World Refugee Day; Click Map to Read On!

Books That Invite Us to Step into the World

1.  Cherrie Moraga (Editor), Gloria Anzaldua (Editor), Toni Cade Bambara (Foreword) &  ... This is such an important anthology of writings by radical women of color on the politics of race, gender, class and sexual orientation.  Source: Amazon

2. The Good Lord Bird is a 2013 novel by James McBride about a slave who unites with John Brown in Brown's abolitionist mission.( Source: Amazon)  Here is an NPR audio link where McBride discusses his novel and its themes.

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3. "A year in Paris . . . since World War II, countless American students have been lured by that vision—and been transformed by their sojourn in the City of Light. Dreaming in French tells three stories of that experience, and how it changed the lives of three extraordinary American women.

All three women would go on to become icons, key figures in American cultural, intellectual, and political life, but when they embarked for France, they were young, little-known, uncertain about their future, and drawn to the culture, sophistication, and drama that only Paris could offer. Yet their backgrounds and their dreams couldn’t have been more different. Jacqueline Bouvier was a twenty-year-old debutante, a Catholic girl from a wealthy East Coast family. Susan Sontag was twenty-four, a precocious Jewish intellectual from a North Hollywood family of modest means, and Paris was a refuge from motherhood, a failing marriage, and graduate work in philosophy at Oxford. Angela Davis, a French major at Brandeis from a prominent African American family in Birmingham, Alabama, found herself the only black student in her year abroad program—in a summer when all the news from Birmingham was of unprecedented racial violence." Source: Amazon
4. "This publication—copiously illustrated and rigorously researched—demonstrates the complexities of deconstructing images of females of African descent within the medium of photography. Deborah Willis and Carla Williams demonstrate how the paradigm of the gaze, the idioms of subjectivity, agency and identity, and the modality of the observer versus the observed falter in the case of black women—slave/free, gay/straight, worker/bourgeoisie—and mutate when race and economics interface with gender and sexual preference. This invaluable study will be the starting point for future research and will explode the consciousness of practitioner, subject and patron with regard to the politics of imagery." 
Lowery Stokes Sims, PhD, Director, The Studio Museum in Harlem
5. "It may well be that 40 years from now James Baldwin will be called the finest American essayist of his generation. He has certainly been, over the last 40 years, the most prolific and most durable. The patented Baldwin style--comma-filled and intricately digressive with its asides, refinements, anecdotes, sudden tirades--builds over time into an almost Pentecostal routine of internal 'call-and-response.' With the appearance of "The Price of the Ticket," the American reader can now reassess a body of writing that, better than any other, looks back on the stormy relations between white and black America from 1948 to 1985." Source:  James A. Snead

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