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Feb. 27-29


Earlier this year, while waiting between planes at a shopping mall near JFK International Airport in New York, the following book title caught my eye. The reason was obvious, since the next landmark event on our magazine's exciting agenda is ATA's 30th Jubilee. The topic deals with African Culture and its effect on North America. This attractive, well illustrated book proved to be a great read and will have a treasured spot in our library. A more detailed book review will appear later on this page.
Jerry W. Bird

“Jubilee: The Emergence of African-American Culture.”

By Howard Dodson; with essays by Amiri Baraka, Gail Buckley, John Hope Franklin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Annette Gordon-Reed, and Gayraud S. Wilmore. Foreword by Wynton Marsalis

"This is that rare title that effortlessly spans audience and age-group divides while it popularizes serious and compelling scholarship…. Never before have the economic and cultural histories of slavery come together so concisely and accessibly…. This is an explosive, necessary book."

--Publishers Weekly

Slaves came to the Americas from many different parts of the African continent, bringing with them distinct languages, religions, and expressive arts. Jubilee shows the many ways that these diverse peoples united, forged their own identity, and laid the foundations for truly unique African-American social, cultural, political, and economic expressions throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Jubilee is written by Howard Dodson, Director of The New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture--one of the most prominent institutions of black scholarship in the world. Essays by leading voices in African-American history and literature explore topics such as abolition and emancipation, changes in family life and social development, religion, and the evolution of language, literacy, and education through the end of Reconstruction. This illuminating text is surrounded by more than 200 stunning illustrations, culled from the Schomburg Center's collection of more than 5 million items. From slave ship manifests, manumission papers, and some of the earliest photographs of slaves to carved items that echo African sculpture and freedom quilts with African motifs, the book is richly illustrated in an interactive way that brings to life this crucial transition from slavery to freedom.

Howard Dodson, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture since 1984, is a specialist in African-American history and a noted lecturer, educator, and consultant. The Schomburg Center is the world's most comprehensive public research library devoted exclusively to documenting and interpreting African diasporan history and culture. Dodson has published articles and essays in newspapers, exhibition catalogues, and professional journals.

2003, 224 pages, over 200 illustrations in color and black and white, hardcover, $35.00, ISBN 0-7922-6982-9

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