Books That Inspire 2001

Black Skin, White Masks
Frantz Fanon

Frantz Fanon’s book, Black Skin, White Masks, gave me my first significant cross-cultural understanding of racism as an international phenomenon. By carefully juxtaposing the writings of Alfred Adler, Aimé Césaire, George Hegel, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Richard Wright – to mention a few authors discussed in the book, Fanon laid the foundation for my positive self-concept as a human being, not merely as an African American. In doing so, I found my voice as a commun-ity activist and scholar. And it has yet to be silenced!
George Henderson
Human Relations