Vintage Paperback “Think Black!” by Don L. Lee (Second Printing, 1968)


A second printing, third edition of Don L. Lee’s (Haki Madhubuti) “Think Black!”, originally published in 1970. This is Don Lee’s first published book of works. The copy is in good condition, with some tanning on the pages, but no major imperfections. 

About: Haki R. Madhubuti, formerly known as Don Lee, a major poet, essayist, editor and publisher throughout the Black Arts Movement was born in 1942 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Madhubuti has published several collections of poetry, including Think Black, Black Pride, We Walk the Way of the World, Direction score: Selected and New Poems, Book of Life and Don't Cry, Scream. In addition to his poetry collections, Madhubuti also published a collection of critical essays entitled, Dynamite Voices: Black poets of the 1960s.

Madhubuti's work is particularly acute about charting the growth of Blackness within the individual conciousness. Madhubuti's work is especially characteristic of trying to chart a way out of whiteness that allows for strength and self-determination for Black Americans. His poetry is strongly affected by Gwendolyn Brooks and other Black Arts poets of the time.

Madhubuti participated in the political aspects of the BAM by working as a "foot soldier" for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Community (SNCC), the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). In addition to working for political organizations, Madhubuti invested time in writing political essays, hoping to wake the eyes of the public to the events and attitudes of the world around them. His most notorious political collection of essays is entitled Enemies: The Clash of Races.

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