The Griots of Oakland

Voices from the African American Oral History Project

What is it like being a young African American man? The media repeats the same stereotypes again and again, yet the reality is much more diverse. This eye-opening and beautifully presented book shares the voices and images of a group of young black men in Oakland, interviewed by their peers in a groundbreaking oral history project. The youth share their wisdom on a range of questions, organized by theme and accompanied by portrait photography and materials for further reflection. For students, educators, policy makers, and those who want to gain a better understanding of modern African American culture.

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Award Winning Book

Vox Populi Award

School Library Journal’s Best Adult Books for Teens 2014

In The Margins Top Ten Books for 2015