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Cosby Seeks to Empower Blacks
In communities across the country, Bill Cosby has publicly drawn attention in the last three years to the dire crises in black America:  50 Percent high-school drop-out rates, too many children born to teen parents, children whose parents are ill-equipped and disinterested in parenting.   Now, Cosby and Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D. professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School share their vision for strengthening America in "Come On People:  On the Path from Victims to Victors" (Thomas Nelson, October, 2007, $29.99 Cloth, ISBN:  978-1-5955-5092-7).  They address the crisis of people frozen in feelings of low self-esteem, abandonment, anger, fearfulness, sadness and feeling of being used, undefended and unprotected.  By addressing these issues and providing tools to deal with them, Cosby and Poussaint help empower people to make the daunting transition from victims to victors.

'Slave' Tells True Story of Survival
A Slave No More, Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Own Narratives of Emancipation" (Harcourt, $25, 320 pages) is history at its most compelling.  Two newly discovered narratives and the biographies of the men who wrote them, handed down through family and friends, tell the gripping story of how these two "ordinary" men survived beatings, humiliation, and isolation to become literate, escape their owners, and eventually reunite with their families.  David W. Blight is the director of Yale University's Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, a pioneer and recognized expert in the field of Black Studies.


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