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It's Good to Be Black
by Ruby Berkley Goodwin and James Goodwin
contributions by Beverly J Goodwin, Stephanie G Goodwin, Leah B Goodwin and Carmen K Wadley
Southern Illinois University Press, 1953
Paper: 978-0-8093-3122-2 | eISBN: 978-0-8093-3123-9
Library of Congress Classification F549.D8G66 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.896073077393


From the preface by Carmen Kenya Wadley:

“Is it good to be black? To Ruby Berkley Goodwin it was....The black she writes about has nothing to do with skin color, but it does have a great deal to do with self images, values, spiritual strength, and most of all love. Unlike the contradicting definitions of blackness we see reflected in today's crime statistics, movies, television, newspapers, political speeches, advertisements, and sociological reports, Ruby Berkley Goodwin's definition of blackness is simple and to the point: black is good. It's Good to be Black is more than the story (history) of a black family living in Du Quoin, Illinois, during the early 1900s; it is a reaffirmation for all of us who know in our hearts that there is still good in the world and that some of that good is black.”

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