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Birth of the Cool - color portrait

Birth of the Cool

By Barkley L. Hendricks. Durham, NC: Nasher Museum of Art, c2008.
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

Birth of the Cool may be the coolest book you’ll ever see. In this 2008 exhibition catalog of his first retrospective, Barkley L. Hendricks distills black identity into powerful three-quarter and full-length portraits that teem with style and attitude. His sitters are unapologetic in their self-presentation, and the result is a phenomenal elevation of African Americans who would have otherwise gone unnoticed in the decades immediately following the civil rights movement. The title of this catalog, edited by Trevor Schoonmaker, stems from the iconic 1957 Miles Davis album that came to... Read More
Black American Heritage Through United States Postage Stamps

Black American Heritage Through United States Postage Stamps

By R. Charles Allen. Washington: Bridge Publications, c1979.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

This thin, 26-paged booklet has both color portraits and black and white pencil sketches of prominent heroes of Black History. Written by three Black doctors, it was published in Washington, D.C. Part One is arranged in chronological order based on significant events in American history. For example, two Black heroes of the American Revolution (the first Blacks to fight at Bunker Hill), three Black heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, two Black heroes in education, one hero in literature, one scientist, and two heroes in the arts. Part Two covers significant subjects, such as the... Read More
Cover of the book Black and British

Black and British

By David Olusoga. London: Macmillan, 2016.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of African American History & Culture Library

'To me black history is everyone’s history. It's the long, often tragic and always surprising story of Britain’s relationship with Africa and her peoples, both here in Britain but also in Africa and across the Caribbean and North America, and most of it is little known. It’s a a major part of the story of us all.' --David Olusoga David Olusoga's spirited re-examination of a shared history, Black and British: A Forgotten History, was published to accompany the BBC Two series that debuted in Autumn 2016. Drawing on new genetic and genealogical research, original records, expert... Read More
Cover of Black gold

Black Gold

By Kenneth J. Kutz. Darien, CT: Gold Fever Pub, c1995.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

Kenneth Kutz is the former President of Texasgulf Mining Corporation. He is also the former President of the Collectors Club of New York. The Collectors Club of New York was founded in 1896, making it one of the oldest existing philatelic societies in the United States. This book is about the philatelic history of oil. Stamps and covers (envelopes) are interwoven with postcard illustrations in chronological order of when the events depicted occurred. The book begins with Noah making the ark with coats of pitch. The book ends with a journey through World Wars One and Two... Read More
Black Power 50

Black Power 50

By Sylviane A. Diouf, Komozi Woodard and Khalil Gibran Muhammad. New York: The New Press, 2016.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of African American History & Culture Library

Since its introduction as a slogan in 1966, the term "Black Power" has inspired and shaped African American consciousness in remarkable ways. For many Americans, the idea of Black Power has restructured goals and redefined success. It has also inspired a new generation of activists who continue to build on the potency of these two simple words. Black Power 50 is a captivating introduction to the Black Power movement. The book includes interviews with notable figures from the movement's inception, essays from today’s top Black Power scholars, and more than 100 spectacular images. Read More
Black, Red, and Deadly

Black, Red, and Deadly

By Arthur T. Burton. Austin, Tex: Eakin Press, 1991.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Vine Deloria, Jr. Library, National Museum of the American Indian

You may know the names of Jesse James, Billy the Kid, or Pat Garrett. But what about Buss Luckey, the Rufus Buck Gang, the Lighthorsemen, or Zeke Miller? Although whites dominate popular depictions of the lawless west, Black, Red and Deadly presents the sagas of African-American and American Indian outlaws and bona fide law enforcers in Indian Territory. Luckey was an African American convicted bandit who dynamited a train carrying $60,000 in gold bullion. On the good side, there were Cherokee, Choctaw, and Creek Lighthorse units who served as mounted police; and, Miller was a... Read More
Blue roots

Blue Roots

By Roger Pinckney. St. Paul, Minn: Llewellyn Publications, c1998.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

At less than 200 pages, this small paperback book is filled with black and white photographs depicting Gullah life. Gullahs are the descendants of slaves, specifically from the Lowcountry regions of the United States, including Georgia and South Carolina. The author is from South Carolina Gullah country. This book is about roots that can be used for healing, curses, good luck, bad luck, etc. The author’s dad was the county coroner, so he is familiar with death. Folk magic permeates Gullah culture, in a way very similar to voodoo. Haunts, spells, suffering roots, hexes, goofer dust (... Read More
Body Objects, page spread

Body Objects

New York: Pace Editions, 1971.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

Whether through direct influences or broader affinities, African, Pre-Columbian, and Indigenous American objects undoubtedly informed the practice of Western artists throughout the 20th century. This catalog, from the inaugural show at New York’s Pace Primitive gallery, juxtaposes body objects from African, Pre-Columbian, and Indigenous American cultures with jewelry by Alexander Calder, Ernest Trova, Louise Nevelson, and Pablo Picasso. Seeing these objects side-by-side highlights aesthetic similarities and demonstrates that the “compulsion for self-embellishment by object... Read More
Cover of Brown Gold

Brown Gold

By Michelle H. Martin. New York: Routledge, 2004.
Adoption Amount: $300   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

Brown Gold traces the development of African American children’s literature from the 1870s to the 2000s. The book includes literary criticism and pedagogy, as well as literary history and cultural analysis. The author discusses the use and impact of racial terms such as Afro, Negro, African American, and others. The book also focuses on African American illustrations, and on how African Americans were portrayed and caricaturized in children’s picture books. The discussion addresses the impact of these portrayals on the experiences of African Americans in their daily lives. Read More
Cape Town in watercolors

Cape Town

By Ronald Cohen. Cape Town, South Africa: Fernwood Press, 2015.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Warren M. Robbins Library, National Museum of African Art

Ronald Cohen, architect and artist, was born in South Africa and later moved to London where he succeeded as an interior designer. On holidays, he traveled and painted widely in Europe, South America, the Middle East, and Africa, always drawn to different varieties of architecture.  “But then I discovered Cape Town,” he wrote, “and there I found absolutely everything to delight my senses—the wonderful clarity of the light, the expansive golden beaches, the granite rocks and the sparkling sea . . . this amazing mélange of different styles of building reflecting different cultures... Read More

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