2010 Summer Reading List

Ona Agbani: The Ancient Path: Understanding And Implementing The Ways Of Our Ancestors (Volume 2)
When Afrikans were brought to the Caribbean, North & South America, and Europe as captives they had been practicing their own spiritual systems for thousands of years. Ona Agbani is an introduction to the spiritual system of the Yoruba people of Nigeria.

By Iyalosa ApetebiiOlaomi Osunyemi Akalatunde

African Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within
For the first time ever, a book has been written that reveals the concepts, strategies and self-defense applications of the African martial arts. AFRICAN MARTIAL ARTS: Discovering the Warrior Within takes the reader out of the pristine setting of the classroom, kwoon, dojang, or dojo and puts them in the African bush, where they are then taught to examine martial arts through the tribal eye for greater insight into the African Warrior Traditions.

By Balogun o. Abeegunde

Creole Religions of the Caribbean: An Introduction from Vodou and Santeria to Obeah and Espiritismo (Religion, Race, and Ethnicity)
Creole Religions of the Caribbean offers a comprehensive introduction to the syncretic religions that have developed in the region. From Vodou, Santería, Regla de Palo, the Abakuá Secret Society, and Obeah to Quimbois and Espiritismo, the volume traces the historical-cultural origins of the major Creole religions, as well as the newer traditions such as Pocomania and Rastafarianism.

By Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert

They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America
They Came Before Columbus reveals a compelling, dramatic, and superbly detailed documentation of the presence and legacy of Africans in ancient America. Examining navigation and shipbuilding; cultural analogies between Native Americans and Africans; the transportation of plants, animals, and textiles between the continents; and the diaries, journals, and oral accounts of the explorers themselves, Ivan Van Sertima builds a pyramid of evidence to support his claim of an African presence in the New World centuries before Columbus.

By Ivan Van Sertima
The Door of No Return: The History of Cape Coast Castle and the Atlantic Slave Trade
This book focuses primarily on Cape Coast Castle, the African headquarters of the British slave trade from 1664 to 1807, through which countless men, women, and children were sold as slaves and carried away on slave ships, often to North America. It tells the story of the people who lived, worked, or were imprisoned within its walls, as well as the construction and upkeep of the building, the arrivals and departures of ships, the negotiations with local African leaders, and the deadly diseases inside.

By William St Clair

Sacred Tree: Reflections on Native American Spirituality
The Sacred Tree was created by the Four Worlds Development Project, a nativeAmerican inter-tribal group, as a handbook of Native Spirituality for indigenous peoples all over the Americas and the world. Through the guidance of the tribal elders, native values and traditions are being taught as the primary key tounlocking the force that will move native peoples on the path of their owndevelopment. The elders have prophesied that by returning to traditionalvalues, native societies can be transformed.

By Judie Bopp

Yoruba Proverbs
Yoruba Proverbs is the most comprehensive collection to date of more than five thousand Yoruban proverbs that showcase Yoruba oral tradition. Following Oyekan Owomoyela’s introduction, which provides a framework and description of Yoruba cultural beliefs, the proverbs are arranged by theme into five sections: the good person; the fortunate person (or the good life); relationships; human nature; rights and responsibilities; and truisms.

By Oyekan Owomoyela

Finding of the Third Eye
Vera Stanley Alder speaks about the conitued evolution of man’s consciousness in a manner any one can appreciate and understand. This book was first printed in 1938 and for that time period her knowledge and depth of spiritual awareness can easily match and even outrank many of todays “new age” authors including Chopra and Heller . Vera’s information is so well researched and unbiased it cannot help but allow you to free your mind to explore the vastness of the Spirit undefined by man’s religons but by looking into the wisdom of the ancients .

By Vera Stanley Alder

Silent Racism: How Well-Meaning White People Perpetuate the Racial Divide
Vivid and engaging, Silent Racism persuasively demonstrates that silent racism – racism by people who classify themselves as not racist – is instrumental in the production of institutional racism.

By Barbara Trepagnier

The River Between
Christian missionaries attempt to outlaw the female circumcision ritual and in the process create a terrible rift between the two Kikuyu communities on either side of the river.

By Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Maat the 11 laws of God
This wisdom within this book is most valuable in helping realize the futility of past failures to overcome life challenges .. and the simplicity involved in adopting effective solutions to life challenges.

By Ra Un Nefer Amen

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