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PERKINS, Eugene
PERKINS, Eugene
PERKINS, Eugene
PERKINS, Eugene
PERKINS, Eugene

PERKINS, Eugene

An Apology to My African Brother and Other Poems

Chicago: Adams Press, 1965. First edition. 8vo. Saddle-stapled in glossy illustrated wraps. 24pp. Mild toning along spine, else fine; a nice copy. Cover design by Toussaint Perkins.

First book by the Chicago poet and social activist Useni Eugene Perkins (1932-2023), an early member of the Organization of Black American Culture (OBAC), a literary group closely associated with the Black Arts movement. Poems exploring various facets of Black identity, including individual poems either dedicated to or about such figures as Toussaint Louverture, Miles Davis, W. E. B. Du Bois, Marion Perkins, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. A second edition of this title was issued by Free Black Press in 1969; both are uncommon, with OCLC locating 13 holdings of either edition, and just 3 of this first edition.

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