This anthology is a collection of black men and women, writing about the black experience. Through 40 thought-provoking expository essays, the authors illuminate Black students' heritage and show them how they are part of an intellectual and rhetorical tradition. Contributed by writers from a variety of professions-playwright, minister, historian, novelist, physician, psychologist, and more-the essays cover topics ranging from the Civil Rights Movement to the Black Power Movement, from racist stereo types to racial pride, from African culture to Black culture outside Africa and from the days of slavery to the present decade.
“…he looked on the whole universe and all that is in it as a riddle, as a secret which could be read by applying pure thought to certain evidence, certain mystic clues…to allow a sort of philosopher’s treasure hunt to the esoteric brotherhood. He believed that these clues were to be found partly in the evidence of the heavens and in the constitution of elements…but also partly in certain papers and traditions handed down by the brethren in an unbroken chain back to the original cryptic revelation…” – Newton, the Man by John Maynard Keynes