YA-- A timely, scholarly collection that focuses on the important and often overlooked role humanism has played in shaping the lives of African Americans. In his introduction, Allen challenges readers to acknowledge the humanistic, nontheistic beliefs of blacks who have made history in addition to their more well-known religious beliefs. The book features 21 individuals, offering biographical essays, writings by black American and African humanists, and transcripted interviews conducted by the editor. Richard Wright, Zora Neale Hurston, W. E. B. DuBois, and Norman Hill are among those included. Because the selections vary in degree of difficulty, with many requiring a strong background in philosophy, religion, and political and literary theory, the anthology is for sophisticated readers. The views presented often challenge or question established religious positions or practices. An important addition to collections on African-American culture and thought. --Virgil R. Davala, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA
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