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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[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.
Dania Beach, FL: Claire Jeanine 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.
Baltimore: Heritage Press, (1972). Hardcover. SCARCE. "My experiences in the Navy were shared by untold thousands of black men and women during WWII. Indeed, segregation and discrimination was practiced widely in military and civilian life. Despite these barriers, we were willing to do our part to defeat the enemies of democracy. Much of my energy, however, was devoted to fighting these undemocratic practices" (jacket). William L. Walker holds degrees from Morgan State University and Howard University. He served in WWII as an aviation metalsmith, and as first lieutenant in the Korean War, he won the Combat Infantryman badge. He has authored several books and spent many years as a social worker. 8vo. Very good in blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Pristine interior. White dust jacket with blue title to front and spine panels. Slight rubbing and edgewear to dust jacket. 129 pages. World War II. WWII/8012. Near Fine / Near Fine.
Philadelphia: Thomas Parker Williams, 2019. A unique artist's book from noted book artist Thomas Parker Williams signed and dated by him. Williams began creating artists' books in 1998 while also painting. As of 2009 he has limited his art practice exclusively to artists' books. He often creates videos and composes music to accompany his books that may be found on his website (www.thomasparkerwilliams.com). Books by Williams or the Luminice Press imprint under which he and his wife Mary Agnes Williams issue books, may be found in over 70 public collections around the country including the Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Paradise Lost is a compelling wordless narrative accompanied by original music that explores variations of loss in America, over time and in the present. Williams describes the meaning of his book in a passionate statement: "Starting with the forests where native peoples lived before Columbus, the book follows slavery as Africans are captured and forced to work on plantations owned by wealthy white men. Although many landowners lost their way of life after the Civil War, the anonymous power figures did not die, and continue to crush black, brown and white workers and families who are expendable. Finally, as we confront the reality of climate change, even the Earth itself is expendable. In the past four years America has further revealed its dark side. Blatant racism against black, brown and Asian citizens has become almost normal. However most of the perpetrators of these acts fail to realize that they are just pawns of the real power figures who care nothing for them and will throw them away when they are no longer needed....If America, or for that matter the rest of the world, ever wants to find 'paradise' again, we must realize that resources will have to be shared and all people will have to be respected. Otherwise, our lives will be enmeshed in constant conflict that will benefit no one except the anonymous power figures." The book is held in a custom hinged wood container with the title on a copper plate affixed to the cover. It measures 8.25 x 15.5 x 2 inches. There are 20 original black and white ink drawings that trace the history of the enslavement and misery imposed on indigenous peoples since their paradise was discovered centuries ago. There are mysterious figures on several of the drawings that represent the anonymous power figures. The drawings are done on 20 sheets of Twinrocker Da Vici Heavy Text handmade paper. The book is accordion bound, with each sheet measuring 7 x 14.75 inches that extend to 295 inches when the sheets are unfurled. There are two discs in envelopes affixed to a black paper cover: a DVD of the book's video and music made by the artist to accompany the book, as well as a CD of the music only. This original music was composed, performed and recorded by the artist. Housed in a custom clamshell gray cloth box. In fine condition. ARTB/051623. Fine.
Philadelphia: Thomas Parker Williams, 2023. Hardcover. Thomas Parker Williams lives and works in Philadelphia, PA, USA. His work includes handmade artist book editions, unique book works, printmaking, and painting. Some of his artist book editions contain an audio element – music or sound work – composed, performed, and recorded by the artist. Tom's artist books are in numerous private and public collections. This is a unique book signed by the artist in which he addresses the continuing issues in the United States surrounding race, terrorism, and insurrection. As he writes on his website: "From the antebellum South through the Klan, Jim Crow, police terrorism and violent insurrection, the hatred continues. Descendants is an artist book about America's past and present." In this powerful, wordless work, Tom traces this history with a series of acrylic ink and wash original drawings done in shades of brown, cream and white. There are six double sided panels on Strathmore acrylic paper, with each panel's drawing presenting an image representing a period of our sad history from the antebellum South and slavery, through the Civil War, the rise and terrorist activities of the Ku Klux Klan, and modern protests. This is an accordion bound book that measures 9 x 12 inches closed and opens to 72 inches. The dark orange cover is made with dry pigments in polyurethane and acrylic ink. The drawing with the United States and confederate flags is from a photograph by the artist. On his website, www.thomasparkerwilliams.com, there is a video of the book accompanied by the original music written by Tom for the book. The book is housed in a white wood and thin plywood case with a pinhole photograph by Mary Agnes Williams of an antebellum building. The case measures 13.5 x 10 x 1.25 inches. It in turn is housed in a white stiff paper folder. In fine condition. ARTB/051523. Fine.
New York: Harper Collins, 1996. Hardcover. "A book of exceptional power, drama, and immediacy, it offers those who lived through it, those who remember it, adn those who weren't yet born the true story of the civil rights movement, as only Andrew Young can tell it" (jacket). Black cloth backed black paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. With photographic illustrations. Clean, bright interior. In a black dust jacket with red title to front and spine panels. Light wear and rubbing to edges and panels of jacket. A thick 8vo. 550 pages. AFAMER1/3112. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.