Authors: Spring 2022

Monarch Book Recommendations

Katrina M. Adams
Own the Arena

Never a superstar but always a solid player, former United States Tennis Association president Katrina M. Adams reflects on her career and the lessons she has learned. The author began playing tennis as a six-year-old in Chicago and turned pro in 1987, after two years at Northwestern. She retired as a singles player in 1998 and as a doubles player a couple years later. She went on to coach tennis. In 2003 she became a commentator on the Tennis Channel after asking aloud, “How can you not have a diverse analyst when your No. 1 and 2 players in the world are African American?”

Barbara Chase-riboud
The Great Mrs. Elias

A novel about a real-life madam turned real estate magnate stumbles on style. Hannah Elias certainly has a significant story. She was born Bessie Davis in 1865 to a struggling family in Philadelphia. In this fictional version of her life, she was raped as a child, unjustly imprisoned for theft as a teen, and cast out by her family. She became a sex worker to survive and soon moved up to running bordellos. Moving to New York City, she cultivated upper-class admirers, a goal made easier by her ability to easily pass as white, and parlayed her success into a real estate empire. By the time she was in her 30s, she was one of the richest Black people in the country.

Christena Cleveland
God Is a Black Woman

A challenging and important read. Dr. Cleveland journeys to France to explore the mysticism of the Black Madonna while also calling out the “whitemalegod” that has corrupted American Christianity. She shares how acknowledging and believing that God is, in fact, a Black woman frees us all from the oppression that has permeated churches through white supremacy. She challenges white feminism and asks all of us to embrace the divinity in Black women, which, in essence, will help us embrace the image of God in us all.

Catherine E. Mckinley
Indigenous Health Equity and Wellness

This book focuses on promoting health equity and addressing health disparities among indigenous peoples of the United States and associated territories in the Pacific Islands and Caribbean.
It provides an overview of the current state of health equity across social, physical, and mental health domains to provide a preliminary understanding of the state of indigenous health equity. Part 1 of the book traces the promotive, protective, and risk factors related to indigenous health equity. Part 2 reports promising pathways to achieving and transcending health equity through the description of interventions that address and promote wellness related to key outcomes.

Abdul Alkalimat
Dialectics of Liberation

This study analyzes the important ideological debates (Marxism and Nationalism), anti-imperialist social movements, and support for African liberation. Over four key years, grass roots organizing was the basis for a vibrant national movement. The key concepts developed for each year include the following: 1972, United Front; 1973, Black Liberation; 1974, Class Struggle; and 1975, World Revolution. In sum, the book ends with a section on legacy and lessons for the movements of the 21st century.