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The Long Walk: The Placemaking History of Howard University (Moorland-Spingarn Research Center/Howard University, hardback $250; paperback $50) is a pictorial narrative of the school's mission, campus, architecture and its place in the history of Washington, D.C., and the nation. The coffee table book by Harry G. Robinson III and Hazel Ruth Edwards features more than 280 pages containing rarely seen photographs, documents, drawings and maps. The Long Walk tells the story of how the power of place and physical setting has shaped the social and cultural life of the institution.

Author Lloyd L. Brown, the subject's authorized biographer and, for more than 25 years, his close friend and co-worker, focuses on the early life of the activist, scholar, athlete and actor in The Young Paul Robeson: "On My Journey Now" (Westview Press, $24.95). In addition to never-before-published interviews with and photos of Robeson's family, Brown also relates for the first time how Robeson's father, William Robeson, escaped from slavery to freedom and gained academic excellence.

The first comprehensive one-volume reference work devoted to Black literary history, The Oxford Companion to African American Literature (Oxford University Press, $49.95), features biographical profiles of more than 400 writers and 150 entries of significant literary works and characters, genres, cultural customs, and other unique aspects of African-American life. With contributions by more than 300 scholars, the volume, edited by William L. Andrews, Frances Smith Foster and Trudier Harris, also includes a subject index, extensive cross-referencing and bibliographies after several of the articles.

Does Your House Have Lions? (Beacon Press, $16), a book-length poem in four voices, by Sonia Sanchez.

Pure Light: Book of Poems (McGraw-Hill, $9.95), by Leonard A. Slade Jr.

The Darden Dilemma: Twelve Black Writers on Justice, Race, and Conflicting Loyalties (HarperCollins, $13), a collection of essays, edited by Ellis Cose.

The Dictionary of Global Culture (Alfred A. Knopf, $35), a book of more than 1,200 definitive entries, edited by Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates Jr. …