Black Rage

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Cape, 1969 - African Americans - 213 pages
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This acclaimed work by two black psychiatrists has established itself as the classic statement of the desperation, conflicts, and anger of black life in America.

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The slave experience in America has profoundly influenced Black life through to the current day. Read full review

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About the author (1969)

William Henry Grier was born on February 7, 1926 in Birmingham, Alabama. He received a bachelor of science degree in 1945 and a medical degree in 1948 from the University of Michigan. He trained as a psychiatrist at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas. He served with the Army during the Korean War. He and Dr. Price M. Cobbs ran the Pacific Psychotherapy Lab. Together they wrote Black Rage, which drew attention to the psychic damage inflicted by racism and the causes of black anger, and The Jesus Bag. He died from complications of prostate cancer on September 3, 2015 at the age of 89.

Price Mashaw Cobbs was born in Los Angeles, California on November 2, 1928. He served in the Army from 1951 to 1952. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1954 and a medical degree from Meharry Medical College in 1958. After several residencies, he became an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of California's San Francisco Medical Center in 1963. He and Dr. William H. Grier opened a clinic in San Francisco in the mid-1960s and noticed patterns in the problems and experiences of their patients. This lead to the book Black Rage, which defined the anger felt by many black Americans and identified it as a legacy of slavery. They also wrote The Jesus Bag, which focused on the role of religion in shaping the black psyche. Cobbs other books included Cracking the Corporate Code: The Revealing Success Stories of 32 African-American Executives written with Judith L. Turnock and My American Life: From Rage to Entitlement. He became a consultant for companies and organizations seeking to become more diverse and develop executives of color. He died from heart and lung failure on June 25, 2018 at the age of 89.

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