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As Black History Month continues, here are some promising recent titles that focus on issues important to African-Americans:

``The Norton Anthology of African American Literature,'' edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr., Nellie Y. McKay, William L. Andrews, Houston A. Baker Jr. and Barbara T. Christian (Norton, 2,665 pages; $39.95). A massive collection bringing together the work of 120 influential African-American writers from 1746 to the present.

``Southern Journey: A Return to the Civil Rights Movement,'' by Tom Dent (Morrow, 400 pages; $25). Dent, an African-American poet and oral historian, revisits the sites of memorable civil rights clashes in the South and gives us a report card on their progress, and potential.

``His Promised Land: The Autobiography of John P. Parker, Former Slave and Conductor on the Underground Railroad,'' edited by Stuart Seely Sprague (Norton, 165 pages; $18). A recently rediscovered first-hand account, written soon after the Civil War.

``Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave,'' by Frederick Douglass (Laurel, 131 pages; $5.99). The 1845 autobiography in paperback, with a new introduction by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

``Race: An Anthology in the First Person,'' edited by Bart Schneider (Crown Paperbacks, 256 pages; $14). Twenty writers and social commentators, African-American and white, describe what race means to them.

``A Voice of Thunder: The Civil War Letters of George E. Stephens,'' edited by Donald Yacovone (University of Illinois Press, 350 pages). During the Civil War, Stephens was an African-American soldier with the famed 54th Massachusetts Regiment (featured in the film ``Glory''). His 44 letters to an African-American newspaper in New York have been collected and annotated by Massachusetts historian Yacovone as part of the series, ``Blacks in the New World.''

``America Is Me: 170 Fresh Questions and Answers on Black American History,'' by Kennell Jackson (HarperCollins, 446 pages; hardcover, $27; paperback, $14). Jackson, an associate professor of history at Stanford, adapts the Socratic method to the subject of race.

``Bayard Rustin: Troubles I've Seen, A Biography,'' by Jervis Anderson (HarperCollins, 418 pages; $30). The first major biography of one of the civil rights movement's most influential figures. Anderson's previous works include ``This Was Harlem'' and ``A. Philip Randolph: A Biography.''

``An Easy Burden: The Civil Rights Movement and the Transformation of America,'' by Andrew Young (HarperCollins, 550 pages; $27). An insider's account of the early struggles by a close associate of Martin Luther King Jr. who went on to become mayor of Atlanta, a Georgia congressman and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

``Showing My Color: Impolite Essays on Race and Identity,'' by Clarence Page (HarperCollins, 306 pages; hardcover, $23; paperback, $13). Straight talk for whites and African-Americans by the Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and television commentator.

``North Star to Freedom: The Story of the Underground Railroad,'' by Gena K. Gorrell. (Delacorte Press, 184 pages; $17.95). A history of slavery for younger readers (age 10 and up), concentrating on the Underground Railroad and the brave men and women who made it work.

``Have No Fear: The Charles Evers Story,'' by Charles Evers and Anthony Szanton (Wiley, 333 pages; $24.95). The brother of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers pulls no punches in telling his and Medgar's story.
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Date:Feb 16, 1997
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