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Witness powerful stories about the effects and realities of living in a prejudiced society in this audio bundle of classic Black narratives. These selections are both fictional and nonfictional stories of living in a society that devalues and dehumanizes the lives of Black people. Though all four of these books were written over a hundred years ago, the realities within are still important for modern readers to read and understand. 12 Years a Slave - This is the memoir account of Solomon Northup, a man born free in New York but who ended up sold into slavery in Louisiana. This account tells of his time working in plantations and his eventual escape from slavery. The Souls of Black Folk - The Souls of Black Folk was published in 1903 as a collection of essays from W.E.B. Du Bois, an African-American sociologist. This book is comprised of 14 essays, with Du Bois's overall message being that Black people were equally worthy of the rights of white people. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano - This memoir is the story of a man born in Africa and sold into slavery as a young child. He was sold between several owners and sent around the world throughout his life, eventually working to purchase his own freedom. The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man - This novel follows the life of an unnamed biracial man who lives his early life among Black communities, but upon witnessing a horrific lynching, decides to live as an "Ex-Colored Man" and pass himself off as white.Show more
“Herein lies the tragedy of the age: not that men are poor, — all men know something of poverty; not that men are wicked, — who is good? not that men are ignorant, — what is Truth? Nay, but that men know so little of men.” The Souls of Black Folk was published in 1903 as a collection of essays from W.E.B. Du Bois, an African-American sociologist who wrote frequently about his experiences as a Black man for magazines and other publications. This book is comprised of 14 essays, with Du Bois’s overall message being that Black people were equally worthy of the rights of white people: to vote, to receive a good quality education, and to be treated justly. He explains that every Black person lives with a “double-consciousness,” always having to focus on how they seem themselves, but how the world around perceives them as well. The part of the African American consciousness devoted to outward perception is always living in tension with their own self-perception due to the negative perceptions by the world around them. Du Bois’s priorities of education and justice for Black people is presented eloquently and logically throughout the entire essay collection. This book is held as a foundational piece of African American literature for its impact. It was referenced as being a critical piece of literature for the Civil Rights movement many decades later, because it inspired Black people to be discontent with anything less than true equality and justice.Show more
“If American conscience were only half alive, if the American church and clergy were only half christianized, if American moral sensibility were not hardened by a persistent infliction of outrage and crime against colored people, a scream of horror, shame and indignation would rise to Heaven wherever your pamphlet shall be read.” —Frederick Douglass, to Ida B. Wells-Barnett In 1892, investigative journalist Ida B. Wells-Barnett published a pamphlet with unflinching and honest descriptions of the cruelties being enacted against Black Americans in the South by their white neighbors. Wells’s poignant and raw reporting of the horrors of lynching scandalized many of her readers outside the South, yet the practice continued unimpeded for more than half a century after. Today, Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases is a sobering reminder that American racism and inequality did not simply end with emancipation—and that state-sanctioned oppression and violence can take different forms in different eras. Ida B. Wells-Barnett was born into slavery in Mississippi in 1862, and was freed at the end of the American Civil War in 1865. Orphaned at the age of 16, she moved to Tennessee to become a schoolteacher and provide for her remaining family. She later became the co-owner of and reporter for the Memphis Free Speech and Headlight, a newspaper published on the grounds of a Baptist church and dedicated to social justice. Despite her life being threatened, her office being destroyed by a mob, and her family facing daily harassment, Wells remained an activist for civil and women’s rights for her entire life. She was one of the founders of the NAACP, and was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on the violence against African Americans. She died in Chicago in 1931.Show more
He loved her first... Ellie Norman stays away from relationships, thank you very much. It's been almost three decades since Wayne Maxwell crushed her heart and fled Oro Beach to become an international blues star, and she's never forgotten it-or him. But at least he's long-gone, and she can enjoy her peaceful seaside hometown, her bookstore, and her solitude. Which makes it especially infuriating when Wayne waltzes into her store one day and ruins all three. Wayne's been brought home by a family tragedy, but being back in town reminds him of everything he loved about Oro Beach-including Ellie. Now he's thinking about staying, but Ellie's determined to drive him back out of town. How is he supposed to convince her he's a changed man if she won't even give him a chance? Set against the backdrop of coastal California, Almost Blue is a love story about listening to the music of your heart and facing your past. Almost Blue is the first book in the Oro Beach Contemporary Romance Series.Show more
Break Your Personal Chains. After enduring years of tortuous beatings as a child and teenager that would make anyone's skin crawl, Lacy Weston vowed to not break. He realized that his future hopes and dreams would never come if he settled. Instead, he combined the powerful elements found in Transform Your Reality to save and transform his life, eventually leading to his title as a world champion and natural bodybuilder. Lacy decided at the age of 13 that he would help others reach their dreams through fitness. He has been a personal trainer for more than 30 years and owns one of Southern California's longest running fitness studios, Private Fitness by Lacy Weston. He has helped thousands of people at his studio, through his videos and through TV segments and appearances. "Fitness is important, but if you want to transcend the chaos and WIN you must Transform Your Reality."Show more
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