Foreword by Ishmael Reed. I. AUTOBIOGRAPHY. To My Old Master, Jourdon Anderson (19th century). From Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813-1897). From Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass ( 1817-1895). I Could be a Conjure Doctor and Make Plenty of Money, Lorenzo Ezell (WPA Archives). My White Folks Treated Us Good, Marriah Hines (WPA Archives). Dont Guess Names Matter Much No Way. Lizzie Williams (WPA Archives). From Satchmo, Louis Armstrong (1900-1971). Remembering Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison (1914-1994). Somebody Done Hoodood the Hoodoo Man, Al Young (b. 1939). From The Motion of Light in Water, Samuel R. Delaney (b. 1942). Granddaddy, Itabari Njeri (b. 1954). II. FICTION. The Wife of His Youth, Charles W. Chestnut (1858-1932). Sweat, Zora Neale Hurston (1881-1960). Esther, Jean Toomer (1894-1967). Almos a Man, Richard Wright (1908-1960). Headwaiter, Chester Himes (1909-1984). Like a Winding Sheet, Ann Petry (b. 1911). The Homecoming, Frank Yerby (b. 1916). Sonnys Blues, James Baldwin (1924-1987). Son in the Afternoon, John A. Williams (b. 1925). To Da-duh in Memoriam, Paule Marshall (b. 1929). The Jewel in the Lotus, Kristin Hunter (b. 1931). Recitatif, Toni Morrison (b. 1931). The Sky is Gray, Ernest J. Gaines (b. 1933). Answers in Progress, Amiri Baraka (b. 1934). Five Years Ago, Clarence Major (b. 1936). The Only Man on Liberty Street, William Melvin Kelley (b. 1937). The Lesson, Toni Cade Bambara (b. 1939). everybody knew bubba riff, John Edgar Wideman (b. 1941). Nineteen Fifty-Five, Alice Walker (b. 1944). To Die of Old Age in a Foreign Country, Brenda Flanagan (b. 1944). Menagerie, Charles Johnson (b. 1948). Girl, Jamaica Kincaid (b. 1949). Kiswana Browne, Gloria Naylor (b. 1950). The End, Terry McMillan (b. 1951). The One That Did Not Get Away, Fatima Shaik (b. 1952). Guess Whos Coming to Seder, Trey Ellis (b. 1962). Paper Garden, Jerome Wilson (b. 1970). III. POETRY. An Evening Thought, Jupiter Hammon (1720?-1806?). Bars Fight, Lucy Terry (18th Century). Imagination, Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784). On Liberty and Slavery, George Moses Horton (1797-1883). The Slave Auction, Frances E. W. Harper (1825-1911). The Song of Smoke, W. E. B. DuBois (1868-1963). Lift Every Voice and Sing, James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938). The Creation Sympathy, Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906). When Malindy Sings. We Wear the Mask. The Tropics in New York, Claude McKay (1891-1948). The Lynching. If We Must Die. Lamda, Melvin B. Tolson (1898-1966). African China. After Winter, Sterling A. Brown (1901-1989). Foreclosure. Harlem, Langston Hughes (1902-1967). The Weary Blues. The Negro Speaks of Rivers. I, Too, Sing America. Mother to Son.Al Young is the author of 'African American Literature: A Brief Introduction and Anthology', published 1997 under ISBN 9780673990174 and ISBN 0673990176.