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By Naomi Long Madgett

The insightful and informative foreword through the editor explains the historic historical past to the plight of a lot of ultra-modern African American men. this can be an anthology to which fifty five black ladies contributed confident poems approximately traditional black males with just a couple of well-known males pointed out. A ground-breaking ebook concerning the optimistic relationships among women and men. all the 8 sections is illustrated by way of Carl Owens. the canopy is from a portray by means of Paul Goodnight.

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My father was a strong and stalwart man. Slight of build, he towered over cities and had the might of armies. Light of skin, he was the blackest man I knew: In the unbeautiful years, he taught me pride; when despair was ready to engulf me, he rescued me with hope By his hands, in his arms, I was immersed in waters of integrity and truth. I learned my lessons at his knee: The just shall live by faith .... If a beggar asks for food but isn't hungry, that's his problem If you turn him away and he really is, it's yours ...

While concentrating on positive images of black manhood, we have not forgotten our other brothers who have fallen by the wayside. They did not arrive at their present state without help. When I was teaching Afro-American literature, I discovered as one of the recurring themes the emasculation of the black male. "Truant" by Claude McKay and "Health Card" by Frank Yerby are just two fictional illustrations. The American system has conspired, since the first African set foot on this soil, to deprive him of his humanity.

These reactions came as no surprise; they were the all too frequent indications that many African-American women have found their relationships with their men disastrous. Personal statements about the reputed worthlessness of black men proliferate, while daily media reports remind us of the extent to which they have fallen. Nevertheless, I believe that, for every negative example of black manhood caught in the public spotlight, there are numerous others who are quietly living exemplary lives without ever seeing their names in print.

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