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Reporter and author Thomas Peele discusses Chauncey Bailey and "Killing the Messenger"

Award-winning investigative reporter and author Thomas Peele talks about his work on the Chauncey Bailey Project -- a collaboration of journalists that formed to finish the work Bailey was doing -- and his new book, Killing the Messenger, that traces the black Muslim movement from its founding to a violent cult-like organization in Oakland that was responsible for Bailey's murder.



Their subjects of conversation ranged from safety to racism to ambitious plans for making their mark on the world upon reuniting

A priceless slice of African-American history that can't be read without crying and which undoubtedly deserves to be on display in the Smithsonian.



The Good Book annotated by a former president who probably would prefer to be remembered as a selfless servant of God

If you're interested in understanding the source of Jimmy Carter's inspiration and abiding faith, you might want to invest in this special edition of the New International Bible which highlights selected Scriptures, and is supplemented throughout by a life's worth of his favorite lessons, reflections and prayers.



Here's a wrap up of book reviews for Black History Month



No word on release date or content details, but another Edinburgh author suspects it'll be in mystery genre

NEW YORK (AP) -- Adult fans of J.K. Rowling can rejoice: She has a new novel coming, for grownups.



A poignant, personal reminder of the struggle that laid roots for nation's first Black president

In 1961, one of the bloodiest years in the integration movement, she and a classmate, the late Hamilton Holmes, became the first African-Americans admitted to the University of Georgia when the NAACP won a lawsuit filed on their behalf.



America owes a debt of gratitude to Amy Nathan for writing "Round & Round Together," a welcome reminder of the ten-year struggle to integrate Baltimore's Gwynn Oak Amusement Park

The title of "Round & Round Together" was inspired by the fact that it was the park's merry-go-round that little Sharon rode that fateful afternoon. In the book, the author seamlessly interweaves eyewitness accounts of the long effort to desegregate Gwynn Oak with descriptions of what was simultaneously transpiring elsewhere around the country in the Civil Rights Movement.



Lawyer who defended dozens charged with murder explains major problems with capital justice system

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- After defending more than 60 people charged with capital murder and getting three men off Alabama's death row, attorney Richard Jaffe wants to get people talking about the death penalty and what he believes are its flaws.



African nation with rich literary history once again grabbing notoriety through new crop of writers

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- The chaos of Nigeria's largest city of Lagos gets boiled down to prose as a narrator notes "how unpretty" its sprawl looks, with "its unplanned houses sprouting like weeds." Another author describes the madness of the commute, how six roads meet and "there is no traffic light."



A scathing indictment of the silence of Caucasian clerics in the pulpit about the perilous plight of generations of African-Americans

A sobering clarion call to heed the history lessons of our horrifying past in these presumably post-racial times.


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