"Thinking Black, Some of the Nation's Most Thoughtful and Provocative Black Columnists Speak Their Mind," edited by DeWayne Wickham. Crown. 283 pages. $23 A powerful, cumulative, profoundly instructive compilation of recent opinion pieces by African-American journalists, most of them published in daily newspapers. Many treasured old friends and present colleagues are among them, so I am probably far from objective. But I know no volume that can so concisely let
white reader begin to sense diverse experiences of rage and pride, deprivation and triumph at the core of black American consciousness. Some black readers, as whites, will disgree and sometimes angrily. But none will be indifferent.