About Transfer Day
Learn the role that African Americans played on the island of St. Croix in the development of America and the Western world in the new book Transfer Day. Their history began in slavery, but their accomplishments spread the African Diaspora across the entire region, and can even be traced to New York City’s illustrious Harlem Renaissance.
The Virgin Islands and the Caribbean were the first ports of call for Christopher Columbus in the New World. The explorer’s “official” mandate of discovery enslaved Africans on St. Croix and the Virgin Islands, which gave birth to numerous African American figures, whose influence spread far beyond the islands and throughout the Americas.
The author’s discovery of his ancestral roots on St. Croix spurred this insightful history that is liberally sprinkled with the contributions achieved by the island’s inhabitants from the 16th century to current times. See the islands as you have never seen them before.
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About Black Politics 2.0
Gary James explores electoral politics from the 1960sto present day, providing a portal to black American contemporary politics. His insightful book discusses the internal dynamic between the civil rights and black power juxtaposition.
Two main characters animate the narrative, Spike and CadreUSA, who hold an informal dialogue on black politics from their respective points of view. Apart from the traditional perspectives that are contrasted in the political conversation of African Americans – from Africa to the Caribbean to the American mainland – the election of President Barack Obama in 2008 as the first African American president has overshadowed and colored the conversation among black Americans in particular.
This stunning and politically earth-shattering event had an incendiary impact on the popular political imagination, igniting and inspiring many questions and speculations relative to the trajectory of American politics. Some of these questions, speculations, and perspectives are debated by the two main characters.
The setting is Harlem, and the period is now.
About the Author
A product of the 1960s black consciousness generation by way of the civil rights and black power political movements, Gary James was a staff organizer based in New York City for the National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO) from 1965 to 1971. In addition to being a role player in the civil rights movement under the umbrella of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, he enjoyed a colorful political career as a leader of the grassroots activist wing of the Republican Party beginning in the 1980s. The story line and subtext of Black Politics 2.0 is experientially based and offers a perspective of an expert witness as well as a role player. This is his fifth book.