Washington DC: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 1974. A Report of the Maryland State Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights prepared for the information and consideration of the Commission. Side stapled yellow paper wrappers with black title to front panel. Light soiling / browning to edges of wrappers, but clean and bright overall. A study of discrimination based on race within various trades such as electrician, carpenter, roofer, painter, plumber, welder. Numbers of union and non-union workers in these (and additional) trades are listed including minority and non-minority workers. Quotes from multiple minority workers about their personal experiences with inequality in hiring / training / jobs are included. An interesting study made during an important time of Civil Rights in our country. It seems that despite federal laws, there was still a large disadvantage for minorities seeking employment in construction trades in Baltimore. At the end of the end of the study data, there is a chapter on "recommendations" and several appendices including follow-up letters from attorneys representing african americans, letters from government officials, updates on following up with individual construction agencies, etc. 59 pages. BALT/011420.
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Mt. Tremper, NY: Maureen Cummins, 2021. Number 23 of 30 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Maureen Cummins's artists' books often address societal, cultural, and gender issues. In this forceful new work she confronts the issues of systemic discrimination and police brutality against African-American citizens. From the prospectus: She began this project about the 1967 Newark racial protests in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests across the country - the Newark events offering a surreal parallel to the racism of our time. The events in Newark that Cummins set out to document arose out of decades of discrimination— in housing, education, and government, not to mention long-standing police brutality—all of which culminated on the night of July 12, 1963. When a black cabby, John Smith, was seen dragged into police custody and rumored to be dead, an angry crowd of residents gathered outside the precinct, and violence broke out. What followed was five days of mayhem—businesses looted, buildings in flames, and crossfire from multiple armed forces—that left 26 people dead and hundreds injured. Narrative in Black and White reads as history, memoir, current events, and cautionary tale. The text of the book is comprised of ten stories, most of them a chorus of voices, many dramatically different . On facing pages, images of events transpiring on the ground are viewed through cutout openings within quiet-seeming domestic scenes. In this way, two realities are depicted: black and white, “high” and “low,” the protected and the targeted. Within the pages of the book, which mimic newspaper stories and photos, the artist uses color to comment on color: while the white characters are foregrounded and printed in bold black ink, the black characters are viewed from afar—ghostly, barely there, an allusion to Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man.” A closer read of both sets of photos, however, reveals a more nuanced and parallel story: the double meaning behind the phrase “domestic unrest.” Housed in a graphic board slipcase with text mimicking newspaper articles on the covers. All text and imagery in Newark 1967: A Narrative in Black and White was silkscreen- printed onto Schaeffer Graphic Board, with laser cuts by Sarah Pike of Freefall Laser. The book was bound by Lisa Hersey using hand-dyed Yukyushi paper for spine-lining and hinges. Period photographs of Cummins and her family are from the artist’s personal collection. Original press photographs have been reproduced by the kind permission of the Associated Press and The Newark Star Ledger. In fine condition. Measures 10 x 12 x 1 inches. 22 pages. fine.
[United House of Prayer], 1968. Hardcover. First Edition of this scarce book on the founding and growth of the United House of Prayer for All People between January 1960 and August 1967. The church was founded by Bishop C. M. Grace, known to his followers as Sweet Daddy Grace. After a brief chapter on Sweet Daddy Grace, the book's primary focus is on The Most Honorable Bishop W. McCollough, his successor. McCollough became known as Sweet Daddy McCollough after his rise to leadership. His accomplishments and the spread of the church throughout the country are documented, and there are photos of him over time as well as pictures of the many churches founded in various cities. Bound in black cloth with title to spine and front board. Lettering slightly faded. Slight bumping and very small goudge to cloth on back cover, but in very good condition. Interior pages are clean and bright except for residue from paper clips on table of contents page and rear pastedown, and a few remnants from item glued to corner of page 94. 100 pages. REL/072412. Very Good.
Arkansas State Advisory Committee, 1974. Paperback. Scarce. Thin quarto. This report is based on a two day open meeting in Arkansas with nearly 40 invited participants discussing issues of race. Quotes from participants are included. It addresses issues of black voter suppression, police violence towards African Americans, unequal prison sentences / punishments, harrassment of African Americans by the police, social welfare issues, unemployment of African Americans, etc. Includes case study, a section of findings / recommendations, and appendices with letters/ responses from police chiefs, etc. Green side-stapled paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Pen markings to first page and to front cover, else clean overall. 50 pages. Unfortunately, many of these issues that were documented in the 70s are STILL problems! AFAMER/071620. Very Good.
Pantheon Books, 1990. Hardcover. First Edition. In this book "America's leading scholars and activists from the civil rights years speak on a fascinating range of experiences surrounding King and his era, from his early personal religious conversion to his impact on the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa; from his place in history of the African-American church to the rise in Third World liberation struggles" (jacket). Blue cloth spine over white speckled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. In off-white jacket with light blue spine panel titled in dark blue and red. Minor chipping and wear to edges of jacket and hinges. Clean interior. 294 pages. AFAMER/031721. Fine / Fine.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1966. Softcover. The sixth printing issued in 1969 of this "important and overdue contribution to the understanding of American race relations" (foreword). Most of the works included in the bibliography concentrate on works appearing between 1954 with the Supreme Court's decision that school segregation was unconstitutional, and the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Some older sources are included if they appeared useful. The bibliography is arranged by background, social institutions, health, literature, intergroup relations, rural and urban problems, education, civil rights and many more. With an index of authors. Softcover with cream paper covers with titling in black. Small stain to top edge of pages and slight signs of handling but in very good condition. 190 pages. BOB/111320. Very Good.
Saint Louis, MO: Saint Louis University, 1977. Paperback. "This is the first scientific study of foundations of faith in a significant segment of the Saint Louis Archdiocese. It will, the researchers hope, give direction to future efforts in strengthening black Catholics in their faith, in pointing out ways to improve interracial relations among Catholics, and indicating methods for reaching other Blacks. It will offer guidelines for the archdiocese in future planning and it will suggest methods for fostering interracial Catholic communication, presently almost non-existant on a social level" (introduction). Includes numerous interviews with African American Catholics living in Saint Louis. Thin octavo. Bound in dark pink paper wrappers with white title to front cover. Rubbing to covers. Previous ownership marking in red pen to title page, else clean interior. 140 pages. REL/070820. Very Good.
Dania Beach, FL: Claire Janine Satin, 2021. One of three copies. An important artists' book from Claire Jeanine Satin, a well known book artist, sculptor and designer of public art installations. Satin's work has been extensively exhibited and collected in the United States and in Europe, including at The Library of Congress, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Getty (CA), MOMA, The Victoria and Albert Museum, and the National Institute of Design (India). She has created more than 500 bookworks to date. She is known especially for her conceptual works influenced by the ideas of composer/visual artist John Cage, and the conversion of ordinary industrial materials into environmental constructions and book works of layered transparent mass. This work from Claire beautifully exemplifies this conceptual approach to creating her books. The KCALB BOOK is both intricate in its structure and compelling in its message about racial strife and justice. The book is comprised of five words taken from the word Black. The words are: Killing Corrupt Assault Lynch Brutal, and each chosen word is placed vertically and backward in the book and printed in black in various fonts on acetate pages. The words can be viewed individually or simultaneously as they may occur in real life. The clear acetate pages have applied red acetate pieces that are shaped like petals and refer to the blood spilled on the Pettus Bridge during the original demonstration led by the late civil rights leader John Lewis in 1965. The red "petals" also reference the tears shed when John Lewis’s body was carried over the bridge by a carriage during his funeral in 2020. Claire's book is both an homage to John Lewis and a stark reminder of how much more needs to be done to achieve civil rights and equality for all. The book includes jet beads and monofilaments that are two of Claire's signature designs in her work. She has signed and dated a small acetate tag attached to one of the monofilaments. In fine condition. Measures 8.5 x 12 inches. Held in a black gauze drawstring bag. ARTISTSB/102821.
Urbana and London: University of Illinois Press, 1966. Hardcover. First Edition. "The author traces the development of the Chicago Urban League through various socio-economic upheavals of this century and describes its services to the Negro community strongly affected by these events. He also examines the social work methods of the League, its sources of financhial support over the years, ...." (jacket flap). Green cloth boards with black title to spine and front cover. Clean and bright. In olive green dust jacket with white title to spine panel. Jacket is price-clipped. It is in a removeable mylar cover. Very light wear to edges of jacket. 286 pages. AFAMER/031121. Fine / Near Fine.