True Stories of Black History that inspire

February 11, 2021

Black History was the brainchild of historian Carter G. Woodson. Since 1976, the month of February has been officially designated as Black History month.

In my column, I will share a list of books from my late husband’s personal library. Nathan was an avid reader.

He enjoyed reading about the contributions and achievements of His people. He was a proud Black veteran and businessman who loved this community.

Amid the harsh repression of slavery , African Americans have managed to preserve the culture of their ancestry, articulate their struggle and sustain hopes for a better future.

Please take time and read about our precious as well as rich history……

Harriet Tubman: Imagining a Life
By: Beverly Lowry
Published: 2008
Publisher: Anchor Books
Page count: 418

From the award-winning novelist and biographer Beverly Lowry comes an astonishing re-imagining of the remarkable life of Harriet Tubman, the “Moses of Her People.”

Tubman was an escaped slave, lumberjack, laundress, raid leader, nurse, fund-raiser, cook, intelligence gatherer, Underground Railroad organizer, and abolitionist. In Harriet Tubman, Lowry creates a portrait enriched with lively imagined vignettes that transform the legendary icon into flesh and blood. We travel with Tubman on slave-freeing raids in the heart of the Confederacy, along the treacherous route of the Underground Railroad, and onto the battlefields of the Civil War. Integrating extensive research and interviews with scholars and historians into a rich and mesmerizing chronicle, Lowry brings an American hero to life as never before.

Lest We Forget The Passage from Africa to Slavery and Emancipation
By Velma Maia Thomas
Published: 1997
Publisher: Crown Trade Paperbacks
Page count: 32

Richly designed, this historical document is an ingenious, interactive, three-dimensional experience that dramatically addresses the painful history of America and the slave trade. Based on the Black Holocaust Exhibit, “Lest We Forget” is history brought to life by Velma Maia Thomas, curator. Accompanying the book’s documents, Thomas’ exquisite prose is interwoven with the moving words of slaves themselves.

Nat King Cole
By Daniel Mark Epstein
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Page count: 400

The first major biography of the great jazz pianist and singer, written with the full cooperation of his family.

When he died in 1965, at age forty-five, Nat King Cole was already a musical legend. As famous as Frank Sinatra, he had sold more records than anyone but Bing Crosby.

Written with the narrative pacing of a novel, this absorbing biography traces Cole’s rise to fame, from boy-wonder jazz genius to megastar in a racist society. Daniel Mark Epstein brings Cole and his times to vivid life: his precocious entrance onto the vibrant jazz scene of his hometown, Chicago; the creation of his trio and their rise to fame; the crossover success of such songs as “Straighten Up and Fly Right”; and his years as a pop singer and television star, the first African American to have his own show.

Epstein examines Cole’s insistence on changing society through his art rather than political activism, the romantic love story of Cole and Maria Ellington, and Cole’s famous and influential image of calm, poise, and elegance, which concealed the personal turmoil and anxiety that undermined his health.