Saving the Race: Conversations on Du Bois from A Collective Memoir of Souls

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Harlem Moon, 2004 - History - 208 pages

W.E.B. Du Bois's "The Souls of Black Folk "is one of the most influential books ever published in this country. In it, Du Bois wrote that "the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line," a prophecy that is as fresh and poignant today as when it first appeared in print in 1903. Now, one hundred years after "The Souls of Black Folk" was first published, "Saving the Race "reexamines the legacy of Du Bois and his "color line" prophecy from a modern viewpoint. The author, Rebecca Carroll, a biracial woman who was reared by white parents, not only provides her own personal perspective, but she invites eighteen well-known African Americans to share their ideas and opinions about what Du Bois's classic text means today.
Lalita Tademy, author
Stanley Crouch, cultural critic, novelist
A'Lelia Bundles, great-great-granddaughter of Madame C.J. Walker, author
"David Graham Du Bois, stepson of W.E.B. Du Bois, writer, teacher, activist
Toure, novelist, contributing writer for "Rolling Stone" magazine
Julian Bond, chairman of the board, NAACP
Thelma Golden, chief curator and deputy director for exhibitions and programs at the Studio Museum of Harlem
Kathleen Cleaver, former communications secretary of the Black Panther party
Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., civil rights leader and lawyer
Cory Booker, former New Jersey councilman, mayoral candidate, activist
Jewell Jackson McCabe, founder and president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women
Derrick Bell, professor of law, New York University
Elizabeth Alexander, poet and writer
Clarence Major, author, poet, artist
Terence Blanchard, horn player, film composer
Reverend Dr. James Forbes, senior minister of Riverside Church, New York
Patricia Smith, poet
LeAlan Jones, author
The result is an insightful and illuminating collection of interviews both provocative and inspiring. "Saving the Race "paints a fascinating, complicated, and colorful portrait about the "souls of black folk" in twenty-first century America.

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Interest in W.E.B. Du Bois doesn't seem to be waning after 2003's Souls of Black Folk centennial. Carroll, editor in chief of the Independent Film & Video Monthly Magazine, interviews 20 famous ... Read full review


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REBECCA CARROLL, the editor in chief of the Independent Film & Video Monthly Magazine, was awarded the W.E.B Du Bois Fellowship at Harvard University, worked as a segment producer for Charlie Rose, and served as a senior editor for both and She is also the author of Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America, which won a1998 ALA Award for Top Ten Adult Books for Young Adults.

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