“This book should be in every home to be read and shown to every child, at least until that child reaches age 12.” —Bill Cosby
“The Black Book is an incredible testament to the strength, character, and endurance of a people never meant to succeed. Especially in these historic times, I can think of no better way to celebrate African American achievement than through a retrospective look at our history–painful and pleasurable–our shared experiences and our successes. This is a book no American–black or white–can afford to ignore.”—Dr. Cornel West, Princeton University
“I love The Black Book. I vividly remember when it was published: I was a graduate student in England, at Cambridge, desperately looking for sources in the emerging field of African American Studies.
Both the book and Toni Morrison’s brilliant New York Times Magazine essay–which I avidly devoured–opened up for me the very possibilities for, and the keen attraction of, the use of documents and artifacts to recreate the full and rich narrative of African American History. I read it like one reads a coffee table book, making my way through its lovely pages leisurely; but I also used it religiously as a scholarly reference source. One of the beautiful things about this beautiful book is that it fulfills both functions, and does so with great aplomb. When The Black Book was published, virtually no one knew that these sources even existed. No single book has done more to shape the field of African American History than has this brilliantly conceived book. It is the ultimate treasure chest of the Black Experience.”—Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., Harvard University
“A terrible error grew as humans spread out around the globe from our common ancestors in Southern Africa: race became a source of division and hierarchy instead of the minor adaptation to climate it truly was. The Black Book records some of the everyday suffering and wisdom that this false hierarchy has caused. There is not a member of the human family on earth who cannot learn from it.”—Gloria Steinem
“The Black Book is an important document of American history that defines a people’s strength, hope, and perseverance. By honoring the past, Toni Morrison’s remarkable book sheds light on the present, and shows the unlimited potential for the future.”—Gay Talese
“Terrific, terrific, terrific… tell the truth and shame the devil.”—Melvin Van Peebles, Writer/Director
“Bountiful…Resonant…As fresh as the day it was born, 35 years ago, this category-smashing book is scrapbook, photo album, treasure chest and time capsule.”—Publishers Weekly,