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BKLYN BookMatch: Shirley Chisholm Day Browsing Library

A selection of political and religious speeches (and poems, song lyrics, etc.) as part of a browsing library for the Friends of Brower Park community event held on Shirley Chisholm Day 5/21/2017. This list was created by a librarian with the Brooklyn Public Library for a reader. Would you like your own personalized list of reading suggestions? Visit Bklyn BookMatch, here:

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Voices of freedom

[compiled by] Henry Hampton and Steve Fayer with Sarah Flynn. |

This remarkable oral history brings to life the country's great struggle for civil rights as no conventional narrative can. You will hear the voices of those who defied the blackjacks, who went to jail, who witnessed and policed the movement; of those who stood for and against it—voices from the heart of America. -

Hands on the freedom plow

edited by Faith S. Holsaert ... [et at.]. |

The testimonies gathered here present a sweeping personal history of SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee): early sit-ins, voter registration campaigns, and freedom rides; the 1963 March on Washington, the Mississippi Freedom Summer, and the movements in Alabama and Maryland; and Black Power and antiwar activism. Since the women spent time in the Deep South, many also describe risking their lives through beatings and arrests and witnessing unspeakable violence. These intense stories depict women, many very young, dealing with extreme fear and finding the remarkable strength to survive. -


translated by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood ; with an introduction by Aldous Huxley. |

The Bhagavad-Gita is the Gospel of Hinduism, and one of the great religious classics of the world. Its simple, vivid message is a daily inspiration in the lives of millions throughout the world and has been so for countless generations. Here is a distinguished translation that can be read by every person, not as an archaic monument to an ancient culture, but as a living contemporary message that touches the most urgent personal and social problems. -

Starting today

edited by Rachel Zucker & Arielle Greenberg. |

This work documents, through poetry, the political and personal events of the crucial first 100 days of the Obama Presidency. Through a variety of contemporary poetic voices the reader is given a window into the president's world.

Fire and ink

edited by Frances Payne Adler, Debra Busman, and Diana Garcâia. |

Fire and Ink brings together, for the first time in one volume, politically engaged writing by poets, fiction writers, and essayists. It includes material written by many of our finest writers—Martín Espada, Adrienne Rich, June Jordan, Patricia Smith, Gloria Anzaldúa, Sharon Olds, Arundhati Roy, Sonia Sanchez, Carolyn Forche, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Alice Walker, Linda Hogan, Gary Soto, Kim Blaeser, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Li-Young Lee, and Jimmy Santiago Baca, among others—this is an indispensable collection. -

Great speeches

Franklin Delano Roosevelt ; edited by John Grafton. |

Assembled here in one convenient volume, these great speeches give the reader a glimpse at history, politics, and rhetoric. It is an immensely useful reference, a wealth of fine oration, and a valuable window on the Roosevelt years. -

The essential Rumi

translated by Coleman Barks, with John Moyne, A.A. Arberry, Reynold Nicholson. |

Through his lyrical translations, Coleman Barks has been instrumental in bringing this exquisite literature to a remarkably wide range of readers, making the ecstatic, spiritual poetry of thirteenth-century Sufi Mystic Rumi more popular than ever. -

Go tell it on the mountain

James Baldwin. |

Go Tell It On The Mountain, first published in 1953, is Baldwin's first major work, a semi-autobiographical novel that has established itself as an American classic. With lyrical precision, psychological directness, resonating symbolic power, and a rage that is at once unrelenting and compassionate, Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy's discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935. Baldwin's rendering of his protagonist's spiritual, sexual, and moral struggle of self-invention opened new possibilities in the American language and in the way Americans understand themselves. -