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June 2003

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Launching Our Black Children for SuccessLaunching Our Black Children for Success: A Guide for Parents of Kids from Three to Eighteen

By Joyce A. Ladner and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo

John Wiley & Sons (Paperback, $17.95, ISBN: 0787964883)

Publication date: June 2003

Description:

Launching Our Black Children for Success is right on target in emphasizing that parenting black youth requires supporting them at home to develop a strong sense of self-worth while working on their behalf outside of the home to bring about social change to ensure equal opportunity for every African American child. Absorbing the lessons outlined in this important book will greatly contribute to the strengths of black children and their families.”

—From the Foreword by Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D.

Launching Our Black Children for Success is a groundbreaking book that goes beyond the typical “how to get your kid into the best school or college” advice. This extraordinary book takes black parents step-by-step through the stages of child development so they can build a solid foundation for success in their children. It shows how to best instill pride, self-discipline, social skills, a work ethic, and a way to deal with the inevitable racism and prejudice their children will face. Authors Joyce Ladner and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo also offer a practical guide for overcoming the many injustices and obstacles African American families face and show how to shepherd their kids through the process that is required to help children keep their “eyes on the prize.” Launching Our Black Children for Success helps parents to provide the strength and the strategies their children need to seek out whatever career they dream of and deserve.

Mississippi: A Documentary History

Edited by Bradley G. Bond

University Press of Mississippi (Hardcover, $45.00, ISBN: 1578065410)

Publication date: June 2003

Description from the publisher:

The unfolding story of the Magnolia State as told in this striking collection of its historical documents.

In America’s collective imagination, Mississippi, a state that aptly may be described as the most southern place in America, is often deemed a sinister, forbidding landscape. While popular conceptions of other states are evoked by rosy likenesses chosen by promoters of tourism, the mere word Mississippi too often conjures thoughts of brutality, repression, and backwardness. To many outsiders, Mississippi’s controversial history continues to resonate in the present.

By allowing divergent historical voices to describe their understanding of events as they were unfolding, this new book of narrative history supports, emends, and even complicates such a vision of Mississippi’s past and present. The only book ever to present Mississippi’s story in a chronological documentary fashion, it includes a wide variety of public records, newspaper articles, academic papers, correspondence, ordinances, constitutional amendments, journal entries, and other documents.

Collected and placed together, they compose a narrative that reveals the state in all its great diversity of peoples and terrains—free and slave; rich, poor, and middling; coastal, hill country, Delta; black, white, and Native American.

Several chapters, particularly those on antebellum Mississippi and Reconstruction, represent recent scholarly views and correct lingering misconceptions of those years. The editor and compiler has written an introduction to each section and has placed the documents in an appropriate historical context that makes them accessible to students, scholars, archivists, librarians, and lay readers alike.

Although many of these documents are well known, many also have never been seen since their inception. In juxtaposition they offer a striking portrait. The parts and the whole alike show that Mississippi remains ever controversial, ever puzzling, ever fascinating.

Bradley G. Bond is an associate professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is the author of Political Culture in the 19th-Century South.



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