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February Is Black History Month, So Celebrate With Four Key Books From Square One Publishers

February Is Black History Month, So Celebrate With Four Key Books From Square One Publishers

Posted: 2023/01/17

Garden City Park, NY: February is Black History Month. Here at Square One Publishers, we choose to celebrate this important annual recognition by shining a light on four of our titles that remain historically and culturally important in reference to the African-American experience—past, present, and future.

Commissioned, published, and produced in 1924 by the Knights of Columbus Historical Commission at the height of this country's Black RenaissanceThe Gift of Black Folk (ISBN: 978-0-7570-0319-6, $14.95 USD) was the first critically acclaimed black history ever to be written by the late writer and cofounder of the NAACPDr. W.E.B. Du Bois, about whom Dr. King had the following to say in his lifetime: "[Du Bois'] singular greatness lay in his quest for truth about his own people."

Square One's edition of this work represents a newly re-edited and reissued version of the material. The book features an Introduction by Carl Anderson, who, prior to becoming Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, spent nearly a decade working on issues of racial equality as a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Anderson states in the Introduction: "A hundred years after W.E.B. Du Bois helped cofound the NAACP, the United States can view its civil rights achievements with pride. African Americans have served on the Supreme Court, in the Cabinet, and, finally, as President of the United States. The Gift of Black Folk allows us to fully appreciate these monumental achievements. It is our belief that Du Bois' classic work will continue to inform and inspire for many generations to come."

Equally groundbreaking in the realm of book publishing history is our publication of Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way (ISBN: 978-0-7570-0388-2, $39.95 USD) by theater historian and six-time Tony award-winning producer Stewart F. Lane. This hardcover book is the first illustrated history or "coffee table"-format title that explores both in words and pictures the tumultuous and often rocky road traveled by African-American actors and actresses over the past two centuries on their way to artistic reward and recognition on the Broadway stage. Featuring a Foreword by Tony award-winning director Kenny LeonBlack Broadway provides an entertaining history of a Broadway of which few are aware.

And since much of Square One's editorial focus remains aimed at issues of alternative and conventional health, we also want to bring readers' attention to our newest alternative health title Black Health Matters: The Vital Facts You Must Know to Protect Your Health and Those of Your Loved Ones (ISBN: 978-0-7570-0507-7, $16.95 USD). As reiterated by African-American doctor and our book's author Dr.
Richard Walker, the fact remains that African Americans continue to top the list of groups afflicted by hypertension, stroke, diabetes, heart disease, renal failure, and cancer—and also, as this time of pandemic has shown, with COVID-19. In his book, Dr. Walker shows how key medical research from the past years—much of which points to a chronic lack of Vitamin D3 as the crucial missing puzzle piece of African-American health—can now help determine a commonsense way to prevent, reduce, and possibly eliminate these killers from the basic tenor of the African-American experience at present. Black Health Matters is a book whose time has come, and we believe it will prove a meaningful tool to the African-American community now that the importance of health cannot be overstated.

This just in . . . an adapted excerpt from Black Health Matters is being shared online by the popular specialty publication African-American Golfer's Digest. (To see the link, click here.)

And speaking of golf, Square One also wants to share news of a special new memoir title that touches on the deeper meaning of truths at the center of Black History Month—albeit from a white person's perspective. Written by National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYSfounder Fred Engh with Jann Seal, Matchsticks: An Education in Black & White (ISBN: 978-0-7570-0505-3, $24.95 USD) tells the story of how Engh was one of the first white students to attend an all-Black college starting in 1961. What he learns during this experience is a testament to the continued need for Black History Month nationwide, and his book even presents a series of significant timelines for the Black community in the US that resonates with the life lessons that Fred learned while at Maryland State College (now known as University of Maryland Eastern Shore). To see a video about Fred's inspiring experience, feel free to click here.

The Gift of Black FolkBlack BroadwayBlack Health Matters, and MatchsticksAn Education in Black & White are available here from Square One Publishers, and wherever else good books are sold.

The Gift of Black Folk

​*** A REVISED EDITION OF THE W. E. B. DU BOIS CLASSIC ***COMMISSIONED BY THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS(1.4 MILLION MEMBERS WORLDWIDE)Although the Civil War marked an end to slavery in the United States, it would take another fifty years to establish the country’s civil rights movement. Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois was among the first generation of African-American scholars to spearhead this movement ...
9780757003196 Paperback

Black Broadway

The African-American actors and actresses whose names have shone brightly on Broadway marquees earned their place in history not only through hard work, perseverance, and talent, but also because of the legacy left by those who came before them. Like the doors of many professions, those of the theater world were shut to minorities for decades. While the Civil War may have freed the slaves, it ...
9780757003882 Hardback

Black Health Matters

It’s no secret that the Black community tops the list of groups afflicted by hypertension, stroke, diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure, and cancer. What the statistics do not show is the pain, misery, and despair that these conditions create—not only for the individual but also for family and friends. As an African-American doctor, Dr. Richard Walker has studied these conditions among his ...
9780757005077 Paperback (Trade paperback (US))


The year was 1961, a year marking the start of the racial unrest that would last throughout the decade. Living in a trailer camp in Maryland with his wife and children, Fred’s future seemed bleak—that is, until he heard a college football coach being interviewed on a local radio show talking about becoming a Physical Education teacher. The coach’s words would inspire him enough to register at ...
9780757005053 Hardback