THE BLACK CABINET by Jill Watts - Library Journal "Top Picks - Prepub Alert"


“When Franklin Delano Roosevelt became president, a group of African American intellectuals sought to promote the concerns of their community, though they served only as an unofficial advisory board owing to the unfortunate sway of the white Southern vote. Known as the Black Cabinet, they included educator Mary McLeod Bethune, close to Eleanor Roosevelt; Harvard-educated economist Robert Weaver, eventually the first African American Cabinet secretary; Al Smith, head of the largest black jobs program at the WPA; and more. Watts (Hattie McDaniel; God, Harlem U.S.A.) seeks to highlight their contributions.”

The Black Cabinet by Jill Watts, forthcoming from Grove Atlantic in May 2020, was included in Library Journal’s Prepub alert highlighting new works of American history, African American history, women’s history, and World War II. Follow the link above to view the entire list!

Jessica Spivey