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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Iowa State Advisory Committee, 1974. Paperback. Based on four months of extensive interviews culminating in a two day open meeting in Fort Dodge, IA in 1973. The main focus of this report is on the education system in Fort Dodge; however, other additions relating to racial inequalities are also addressed. It discusses inequality within the education system in regards to testing, treatment of students, number of African American students vs. other ethnicities, drop-out rates, transportation problems, lack of minority teachers, no minority studies courses, unequal justice within the schools, segregation, harassment of minorities, housing issues, hiring practices, personell testing, unequal pay for minorities, etc. It lists problems discovered and offers solutions. Appendices of response letters to rear from school superintendents. Includes data on school enrollment based on race and ethnicity. Red side-stapled paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Pen marking to front cover and spot on rear cover where a mailing label was once adhered, else clean. 58 pages. AFAMER/071620. Very Good.
Rockford, IL: by the author, 1902. Hardcover. Illustrated. Red cloth boards with gilt title to spine, which reads "The Rescue of Kansas from Slavery with False Claims Corrected." Minor sunning to spine and edges of boards. Slight bumping to corners. Inscription across title page "Alonzo J. Tullock compliments of an old friend, M.L.B." and beneath "From one of my oldest and very best friends I prize this book highly. A.J. Tullock. March 14, 1903." Bookplate of A.J. Tullock to front pastedown. Tullock (? - 1904) was an engineer from Illinois who later owned the Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Company. Small closed tear to bottom of title page and small open tear to facing tissue guard. Last 60 pages of second title appear to be printed on a different paper stock and are browned. A few dog eared pages. Occasional spots of smudges and foxing, but clean overall. 204 pages / 160 pages. AMER/022019. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Chilton Company, 1962. Hardcover. First Edition. Inscribed, "For Barry with all the best Hal July 7, 1966." The book is inscribed to Barry Zorthian, the U.S. spokesman in Saigon during the Vietnam War. The book is about a wandering Black minstrel. It is written by an author who wrote extenisvely about African and American Black folklore and music. Bound in grey cloth with title and author in black to spine. In brown dustjacket with title and author on spine and front cover, and illustration of man on front. Some chipping and bumping. In very good condition. 118 pages. LIT/011513. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
[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.
Mobile, AL: circa 1990. Paperback. Uncommon. Published posthumously, this is the memoir of author Rev. Albert S. Foley (1912 - 1990), a Jesuit priest and professor of sociology who worked for racial integration in Alabama. He also tracked, researched, wrote articles about, and actively opposed the Ku Klux Klan. In addition to personal details about his early life, this memoir discusses encounters with the KKK who called themselves the Knights of the White Camellia in Alabama after they were officially disbanded in 1875. Foley also examines his early racist Southern views and how he came to recognize them, ultimately overcome them, and fight for African American civil rights including stopping segregation in Alabama. In this memoir he recounts lynchings, bombings of African American homes, police brutality to African Americans (which he took it upon himself to personally investigate and document), rifts between himself and the Catholic Church relating to his activism, personal encounters with the KKK, book deals, tv appearances, and more. He wrote and published several books during his lifetime and worked actively against the KKK. Not a formally published book, this is spiral bound with clear acetate covers. According to a note from the editor, this memoir was pieced together from several autobiographical manuscripts by Foley which address different events in his life. All were discovered posthumously and combined here despite being somewhat disjointed. It includes several black and white photographic illustrations. A copy of Foley's family tree is taped inside of the front cover. Creasing to rear cover and last few pages of text. Previous owner marking in pen to front pictorial cover. 196 pages. REL/070920. 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.
Chicago: Third World Publishing, 1994. FIRST EDITION. Hardcover. Inscribed By Author. 8vo. SCARCE SIGNED COPY. In blue cloth covered boards with gilt title stamp to spine. In illustrated blue DJ. Interior clean and bright. Inscribed in black ink on the half title page.272pp. BLA/063006. Very Good Plus in Very Good Plus dj.
Mt. Tremper, NY: Maureen Cummins, 2021. Number 15 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 cover. 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 kind permission of the Associated Press and The Newark Star Ledger. In fine condition. The book contains 22 pages, Measures 10 x 12 x 1 inches. 22 pages. fine.