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Recommended Reading: The Indispensable IBS

Maulana Karenga, Introduction to Black Studies, Los Angeles: University of Sankore Press, 2010 (4th Edition, includes key terms, study and critical thinking questions, b/w images, references, and an index, 546pp.)

Dr. Maulana Karenga, Photo credit HSM. Permission to use required by HSM.

Since 1982 Maulana Karenga’s Introduction to Black Studies has provided a clear, concise and comprehensive treatment of Black history and contemporary issues. IBS has added substantially to every field of Black Studies. The fourth edition of IBS continues the tradition of providing scholarly liberatory presentation and strong analysis essential for understanding the African past and relevant for today’s challenges facing African descended peoples throughout the diaspora. Students have found it highly readable and faculty members know that the content is sound. For 30 years IBS has challenged and inspired critical thinking among students and faculty. Karenga has motivated new and seasoned scholars from educational complacency to actively linking the past to modern critical issues. There have been several excellent introductory African American history and black studies texts over the years…but there is only one IBS.

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