For Black History Month, three new books delve into race in America, in the past and now.
America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America (Brazos Press) by Jim Wallis, an evangelical preacher and activist, addresses white Christians on religion's historical role in America's racial divide.
The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Michael Eric Dyson is a thorough analysis of the historical significance and legacy of Obama's presidency, as well as his often surprising approach to racial issues.
Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul (Crown) by Eddie Glaude Jr. is the Princeton professor's provocative memoir and manifesto on ripped-from-the-headlines subjects like the "value gap," and on a better way forward for all Americans.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor