This year’s National Council for Black Studies conference was held in Gainesville, FL from March 22 through 25. Our virtual booth is open through June 30, 2023 and offers great deals on our African American studies titles. Use code NCBS23 for discount prices and free shipping in the U.S. for orders over $75.

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Read on for highlights from this year’s exhibit 

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Bertha Maxwell-Roddey: A Modern-Day Race Woman and the Power of Black Leadership*
Sonya Y. Ramsey

“An excellent biography reflective of the great contributions of Maxwell-Roddey to K–12 Black education, higher education, and African American studies. A beautifully written tribute to one of the most consequential Black educators of our time. Well balanced in historical execution and tone, this book will stand the test of time.”—Derrick P. Alridge, coeditor of The Black Intellectual Tradition: African American Thought in the Twentieth Century  

This biography of educational activist and Black studies pioneer Bertha Maxwell-Roddey examines a life of remarkable achievements and leadership in the early years of the desegregated South. Sonya Ramsey describes how Maxwell-Roddey and her peers turned hard-won civil rights and feminist milestones into tangible accomplishments in North Carolina and nationwide from the late 1960s to the 1990s.

The Rosewood Massacre: An Archaeology and History of Intersectional Violence
Edward González-Tennant

“An ambitious project with few precedents. . . . González-Tennant argues that the underlying causes of the Rosewood Massacre can be traced to historical antagonisms of a national scale, and reflects the underlying patterns of many such events throughout American history.”—Historical Archaeology

The Rosewood Massacre investigates the 1923 massacre that devastated the predominantly African American community of Rosewood, Florida. The town was burned to the ground by neighboring whites, and its citizens fled for their lives. None of the perpetrators were convicted. Very little documentation of the event and the ensuing court hearings survives today.

African American Studies: 50 Years at the University of Florida
Edited by Jacob U’Mofe Gordon and Paul Ortiz

African American Studies: 50 Years at the University of Florida provides an impactful overview of African American Studies; documents the research of Black faculty at UF; examines how African American Studies encourages community engagement and service; contains testimonies from community elders; and includes reflections by and about prominent UF alumni such as Judge Stephan Mickle and Dr. David Horne.

Mary McLeod Bethune the Pan-Africanist*
Ashley Robertson Preston

“Preston’s original treatment of Mary McLeod Bethune as an international figure greatly expands the extant narrative. This exciting book not only substantiates current attention on Bethune as a major public figure, but also situates her in the geographic context of Cuba, Haiti, the Bahamas, and Liberia—moving beyond her impact in the United States.”—Stephanie Y. Evans, author of Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 18501954: An Intellectual History  

Broadening the familiar view of Mary McLeod Bethune as an advocate for racial and gender equality within the United States, this book highlights Bethune’s global activism and her connections throughout the African diaspora.

From Death Row to Freedom: The Struggle for Racial Justice in the Pitts-Lee Case*
Phillip A. Hubbart

“A detailed, riveting, and shocking narration of how two Black men in Florida’s Panhandle were terrorized by police into falsely confessing to murder and then convicted in a racist court. The defense attorney author describes the struggle in the courts to correct this injustice. A gripping true story of how racial injustice in the law enforcement and judicial system was overcome.”—Paul J. Magnarella, author of Black Panther in Exile: The Pete O’Neal Story 

This book is an insider’s account of the case of Freddie Lee Pitts and Wilbert Lee, two Black men who were wrongfully charged and convicted of murder and sentenced to death during the civil rights era of the 1960s.

Maximum Vantage: New Selected Columns*
Bill Maxwell

“A retrospective of stellar journalism, the impactful collection Maximum Vantage tackles some of society’s biggest issues with insight and incisiveness.”—Foreword Reviews

“Maxwell’s voice was among the most recognizable on the Times’ pages, not only for his clear and powerful writing but for his direct attack. He did not dance around issues, even the most contentious ones. . . . He’s a reporter of voracious curiosity.”—Tampa Bay Times

Veteran journalist Bill Maxwell tackles important issues faced by Florida and broader American society, offering opinions on a wide variety of questions with a focus on race, agricultural labor, education, and the environment.

It’s Our Movement Now: Black Women’s Politics and the 1977 National Women’s Conference*
Edited by Laura L. Lovett, Rachel Jessica Daniel, and Kelly N. Giles

“This exciting collection offers an up-close-and-personal view of Black women’s grassroots politics across the U.S. in the late 1970s. With evocative portrait photographs accompanying vivid biographies, It’s Our Movement Now makes readers feel like we are on the ground at the National Women’s Conference. A great read.”—Annelise Orleck, author of Rethinking American Women’s Activism  

This volume offers a panoramic view of Black feminist politics through the stories of Black women who attended the 1977 National Women’s Conference, placing the diversity of Black women’s experiences and their leadership at the center of the history of the women’s movement.

To Tell a Black Story of Miami*
Tatiana D. McInnis

“Powerfully breaks up ‘diverse South Florida’ as image and practice of anti-Blackness and white supremacy. McInnis critically dialogues with the storytelling testimony, pleasure, and resistance of African Americans, Bahamians, Haitians, and Afro-Cubans, showing how multiple Black South Floridas, in the keenness of literature and film, make up and unsettle Miami.”—Antonio Lopez, author of Unbecoming Blackness: The Diaspora Cultures of Afro-Cuban America  

In this book, Tatiana McInnis examines literary and cultural representations of Miami alongside the city’s material realities to challenge the image of South Florida as a diverse cosmopolitan paradise.

The Citizenship Education Program and Black Women’s Political Culture*
Deanna M. Gillespie

Southern Association for Women Historians Julia Cherry Spruill Prize
Finalist, Hooks National Book Award

“Makes a major contribution to civil rights history by documenting the extensive political education work of the Black women-led Citizenship Education Program, an organization that promoted voter registration throughout the South. This book clearly shows that women were not only organizers but were the movement’s leaders, and their impact was tremendous.”—Rebecca Tuuri, author of Strategic Sisterhood: The National Council of Negro Women in the Black Freedom Struggle  

This book details how African American women used lessons in basic literacy to crack the foundation of white supremacy and sow seeds for collective action during the civil rights movement.

Robert R. Church Jr. and the African American Political Struggle*
Darius J. Young

Southern Conference on African American Studies, Inc., C. Calvin Smith Book Award
“Young . . . looks at both sides of Church’s personality, and he has painted Church’s image onto the larger canvas of African American political struggle.”—Journal of American History  
“An enlightening local study of racial politics in a Southern city. Written in concise, accessible, and jargon-free prose, this will be the definitive book on Robert Church Jr. for decades to come.”—Journal of African American History  

*Publication of these works made possible by a Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Join the University Press of Florida for a two-panel event on March 31, the final installment in a series made possible by a Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. These two webinars are offered in partnership with the University of Florida (UF) African American Studies Program, the UF Center for Latin American Studies, and the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere.

Click Here to View all Titles in Our Virtual Booth

Use code NCBS23 for discounts and free shipping in the U.S. for orders over $75 through June 30, 2023.

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