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African American Home Remedies-african american home remedies, eddie boyd, leslie shimp
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African American Home Remedies

A Practical Guide with Usage and Application Data

by Eddie L. Boyd, PHARM. D, M.S. and Leslie A. Shimp, PHARM. D., M.S.


For a significant portion of the African American population, the use of home remedies and herbs was an important component of health care when they had no health insurance and/or no funds and were unable to regularly visit conventional health care practitioners. African American Home Remedies utilizes information obtained from two studies conducted in affiliation with the University of Michigan to demonstrate the use of over one hundred home remedies and herbs and their relation to socio-demographic characteristics in the African American community. Information includes what the respondents used the remedies to treat, what the remedies have been used to treat in the past, clinical or scientific support for use of the remedies, and precautions and toxicities, if any, associated with use of the remedies.

Paperback, 160 pp., ©2014

ISBN: 9781935754329


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Congo Square-congo square, freddi williams evans
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Congo Square

African Roots in New Orleans

by Freddi Williams Evans; Foreword by J.H. Kwabena 'Nketia, Ph.D.

Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans comprises the first comprehensive study of one of the New World’s most sacred sites of African American memory and community. Beginning in the eighteenth century, enslaved Africans and free people of color gathered in Congo Square on Sunday afternoons discontinuously for well over one hundred years. This book presents accounts and descriptions of the songs, dances, musical instruments, religious beliefs, and marketing traditions that typified those gatherings. Also included are examples of similar practices that existed in Haiti, Cuba, and other parts of the West Indies, reflecting New Orleans’ relationship with Caribbean countries and shedding light on Congo Square’s role in extending and perpetuating African music and dance in North America. The amalgamation of those practices influenced indigenous New Orleans performance styles as well performance forms on the national level.

Written in a language accessible to the general public and students on the undergraduate as well as secondary level, this book includes an innovative timeline, maps, graphic images, extensive endnotes, and bibliographic references. This distinguishes it as an exceptional teaching resource for Louisiana as well as African American history and culture across the curriculum.

"The bloodlines of all important modern American music can be traced to Congo Square. Freddi Evans’ book is the defining history of this national landmark."

--Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director, Jazz at Lincoln Center

"While drumming in Congo Square and forming the Congo Square Foundation in 1989. I met a brilliant writer, historian and musician named Freddi Evans.  I have had the pleasure of witnessing her patiently and thoroughly research the history of Congo Square in New Orleans.  She has spent over 15 years uncovering the rich and deep history of this sacred place. This book traces the African and Caribbean rhythms, dances, and customs that were performed in Congo Square over the last 250 years and follows their evolution to contemporary New Orleans and American cultural practices. As a result of her perseverance and scholarly research, Freddi Evans has written the definitive work on Congo Square!"

--Luther Gray, Congo Square Foundation, Bamboula 2000

"A truly outstanding, original book. It is well conceived, impressively interpreted, exhaustively researched, beautifully and clearly written. It is by far the best work on this fascinating subject.”

--Gwe­ndolyn Midlo Hall, author of African in Colonial Louisiana

"Freddie Evans' work is a masterpiece. Her tireless research has finally answered a lot of questions and addressed many issues regarding Congo Square and New Orleans history. This book should be of great value to researchers, writers, historians, musicians, dancers, artists, and anyone interested in the unique culture and traditions of the Crescent City. Personally, she has brought me miles closer to an historical and spiritual connection with the musical heritage of my ancestors. It allows me to view all of jazz history, social club parades, jazz funerals and every jazz performance in another light."

--Dr. Michael White

 "Congo Square is iconic in African American cultural history. The music and dance of the gathering place transformed the art forms of this country while the commerce evidenced entrepreneurial skills that are still untapped. In Congo Square, her exhaustive study of the square, scholar Freddi Williams Evans deftly presents the fascinating history and development of the hallowed New Orleans gathering place."

--Jessica B. Harris, Ph.D, author of High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from  Africa to America

"Congo Square:  African Roots in New Orleans is  rich and wonderful. The author sheds light on the important site of Africanizing happening in North America.    Want to witness strong precedents for handclapping circles surrounding poets of the street--early Brooklyn rap--this is your book. For Freddi Evans establishes  that Congo Square is not only a place but a state of mind where defiant African descendants kept dignity and spirit alive. There are insights galore but I ain’t telling you more. You have to buy this book. Find out."

--Robert Farris Thompson, author of Tango: The Art History of Love and Aesthetic of the Cool

"It is always good for us, as Africans, to see what we call 'survivals,' for lack of a better word, because they are indications of African culture as it was—its distinct characteristics. When you have that reinforced after many years of exodus, it means that there is something in the culture that can survive in spite of the changes taking place and it brings into our consciousness the importance of making sure that what we have continues and forms the basis of the new culture. Congo Square is evidence of what happened."

--J. H. Kwabena ‘NKetia, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Univ. of Ghana, Legon-Accra

About the Author

Freddi Williams Evans is an alumna of Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Mississippi, where, as a music major, she began studying traditional African music on a study-travel to the University of Ghana at Accra. Evans is the award-winning author of three historically-based children’s books: A Bus of Our Own (2001), The Battle of New Orleans: the Drummer’s Story (2005), and Hush Harbor:Praying in Secret (2008). Her writings for general audiences have appeared in local newspapers, as well as several compilations and anthologies including The Storytelling Classroom: Applications Across the Curriculum (2006) and Kente Cloth: Southwest Voices of the African Diaspora (1998).

Evans has presented on Congo Square at schools, museums, and festivals and her essay “New Orleans’ Congo Square: A Cultural Landmark” will appear in Ancestors of Congo Square: African Art in the New Orleans Museum of Art (2011). Her research on Congo Square has taken her to numerous archives, local and national, and back to West Africa. Evans resides in New Orleans and works as an arts educator and administrator as well as an independent scholar.

Softcover, 224 pages, ©2011

ISBN: 9781935754039

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Louisiana Beyond Black and White-louisiana beyond black and white, michael martin, race and race relations
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Louisiana Beyond Black and White

New Interpretations of Twentieth-Century Race and Race Relations

Louisiana Beyond Black and White brings together the most up-to-date essays by historians studying the related concepts of race and race relations in the state. The essays expand upon a variety of the major historical themes, notably Louisiana's multi-tiered racial structure and contingent understandings of race, the interplay of race and religion, the effects of the Cold War on the civil rights movement, the role of women and intellectuals in the black freedom movement, and the continuing struggles for economic and social rights after the end of the traditional civil rights era. Contributors include: Adam Fairclough, Susan Dollar, Thomas Aiello, Justin Poché, John Kyle Day, Charles Pellegrin, Michael Wade, Shannon Frystak, Greta de Jong, and Michael S. Martin, editor.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Adam Fairclough

Editor's Introduction by Michael S. Martin

Ethnicity and Jim Crow: The Americanization of Louisiana's Creoles by Susan E. Dollar

Calumny in the House of the Lord: The 1932 Zion Traveler Church Shooting by Thomas Aiello

Separate but Sinful: The Desegregation of Louisiana Catholicism, 1938-1962 by Justin Poché

Progressives and Conservatives?: Louisiana's Bifactional Politics and Massive Resistance by John Kyle Day

Race, Cold War, and Academia: Medford Evans of Northwestern State College, 1955-1959 by Charles J. Pellegrin

Lost, Stolen and Strayed: Marcus Christian's Crusade Against Segregationist History by Michael G. Wade

A Dissenting Tradition: Louisiana Women and the Black Struggle for Equality, 1924-1968 by Shannon Frystak

From Votes to Vegetables: Civil Rights Activism and the Low-Income Cooperative Movement in Louisiana after 1965 by Greta de Jong

Katrina and the Social Construction of Race in New Orleans by Shannon Frystak

Also included are suggested readings on Race and Race Relations in Louisiana history.

Softcover, 200 page, ©2011

ISBN: 9781935754046

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Soul Exchange-dennis paul williams, williams, soul exchange, philip gould
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Soul Exchange

The Paintings of Dennis Paul Williams

*Winner, Art category - Eric Hoffer Book Awards

*Finalist, First Horizon Award - Eric Hoffer Book Awards

*Silver Winner, Photography/Art category - Nautilus Book Awards

*Finalist, Art category - Foreword Review's Book of the Year Awards

Soul Exchange is an exploration of the art and life of Dennis Paul Williams, a St. Martinville native who has made a lifelong career painting spirits in their heavenly realm.

Williams was driven as a child to draw, paint, and explore artistic materials as he embraced his Creole heritage, where every aspect of life revolves around faith, celebration, and beauty.

Williams's works have evolved into expressions of his deep spirituality. The objects he creates are imbued with beauty and intrinsic spiritual power. He has works in numerous museums in the U.S. and beyond. Many of his paintings can also be found in private collections around the world. Wiliams has also enjoyed a parallel career as a guitarist for twenty-six years in his brother's band, Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Chas. 

The relationship between Williams's art, both music and painting, and his spirituality seem to embrace one word: healing. Whether an individual is overcoming illness, loneliness, or despair, Williams's art offers a prayer and moment of counseling. Soul Exchange presents over one hundred works by the artist. It also includes a portrait of Williams by book editor Philip Gould as well as an overview of his art by former Louisiana Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque.

"...These paintings have the power to make us see ourselves more clearly, to understand and experience our dreams more clearly, to ground our beliefs in worlds that grow and change and inhabit a vast world imagination."                

--Darrell Bourque, former Louisiana Poet Laureate



Hardcover, 160 pp., ©2013

ISBN: 9781935754237

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The Good Times Rolled-the good times rolled, new orleans, bernard hermann
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The Good Times Rolled

The Good Times Rolled: Black New Orleans, 1978-1982

by Bernard Hermann

Preface by Jason Berry

Silver Medalist in the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards for the "South: Non-Fiction" category.

The Good Times Rolled comes from the French phrase laissez les bons temps rouler, which symbolizes the spirit of the city of New Orleans. Festive and flamboyant, the legendary Crescent City is a cauldron in which the spicy flavors of many different cultures and races have blended for nearly three centuries. Bernard Hermann's images capture the unique intensity of New Orleans's African American community and in doing so reveal the true soul of this exotic American city.

About the Author

Bernard Hermann is a photographer based out of Paris, France. He has photographed locations around the world and has published books on five different continents. In 1978, Hermann traveled to New Orleans for what he expected to be a brief visit. He was so captivated by the Crescent City and its unique culture that he lingered until 1982. During this four-year stay he photographed African American life in the sultry Big Easy--as the good times rolled.

What Others Are Saying

"This is the prettiest book I have ever seen come out of New Orleans. Period. No offense to any other photographers."

--Cheryl Gerber, New Orleans: Life and Death in the Big Easy

"Bernard Hermann was the most skilled photographer I ever met on the streets of New Orleans... I am so pleased to see the release of this publication. I have often wondered what had become of him and the photographs he made during his years in New Orleans. His black and white imagery and observing him work is what prompted me to be principally a black and white photographer."

--Christopher Porche West, New Orleans Photographer

ISBN: 9781935754725

Hardcover, 256 pp, 2015

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