Book’s release comes in time for Black History Month. The largest commercial book publishing company has released the first and one of the largest anthologies by Black writers. Edited by Debra J. Dickerson and Gerald Early, the Best African American Essays 2009 edition finds authors including Walter Mosley, Jamaica Kincaid, Mark Anthony Neal and Jill Nelson addressing a wide array of subjects. Their writings are collected from such major publications as The New Yorker and National Geographic. Topics range from the Iraq War to lesbian dating and the plight of the Jena 6 high school students in Louisiana. A piece titled “One Nation…Under God?” written by then-Sen. Barack Obama also appears. Other perspectives examine a post-election Obama’s impact on Black culture and society.
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