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Multicultural Books for Adults and Children

"Open Hand" is a symbol of caring and sharing. Open Hand Publishing was established to make books available that both inform and nurture a humanistic spirit. Over the years it has earned a national reputation for publishing adult and children's books that reflect the diverse cultures within the United States.


33% discount on all book orders over $75.00 plus free shipping and handling! Also, get a free copy of civil rights legend James Forman's High Tide of Black Resistance on all book orders over $75.00 after discount. (In order to obtain the 33% discount the orders will have to be done over the phone at 336-272-2758.)

Winner of Top Prize from Four National Book Awards!!

Face to Face with Katrina Survivors:

A First Responder’s Tribute

By Lemuel A. Moyé, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Winner of the 2007 Ben Franklin Award for Best Multicultural Book of the Year
  • Winner of the Foreword Magazine Gold Medal for Best Book of the Year on Family & Relationships
  • Winner of the Eric Hoffer Award for Best New Writing on Culture
  • Winner of the 2007 Skipping Stones Honor Award for Multicultural and International Awareness

Face to Face with Katrina Survivors: A First Responder’s Tribute is composed of a series of enthralling personal accounts of Katrina evacuees. Lemuel A. Moyé, M.D., Ph.D. examined and spoke with survivors at the Houston Astrodome complex immediately upon their arrival by bus from a devastated New Orleans, Louisiana. In personal terms, the book reveals to America and the world what decades of neglect and greed culminating with Hurricane Katrina and the breaching of the levees brought to impoverished people on the Gulf Coast. Above all, it is a testament to the marvelous spirit in the hearts of these poor and largely black people of the southern United States. The book also presents the generous spirit of the people of Houston, Texas in welcoming these survivors.

Dr. Moyé, a professor of Biostatistics at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, and a medical doctor, interacted with the survivors who had clung to hope and nurtured each other in the wake of an incredibly callous and brutal government “rescue” response. He was moved to write this book by the contrast between what corporate media had led him to believe and the actuality of his experience. While the media depicted the poor stranded in New Orleans as “animalistic and barbaric”, he encountered the reality of the evacuees’ humanity, their dignity and their nobility face to face. As an African-American man, Dr. Moyé felt ennobled by this experience.

In addition to the four national awards which have thus far recognized the value of this book, by conferring a top prize on it, many distinguished members of our society have endorsed the book as well. Among their number are: Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives; Edward Fort, PhD, Chancellor Emeritus of North Carolina A&T State University; Albert W. Morris, Jr., MD, President of the National Medical Association and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, (D-Texas).

Open Hand Publishing, LLC believes that this book is a unique contribution to the important literature being written about the Katrina experience, for it focuses on the moral values and the human value of the poorest of the poor. Happily, a number of independent judges from all branches of the book industry seem to agree.

(The riveting text is buttressed by 16 pages of poignant photographs.)

Read an excerpt from the book

Read the preface

Read the publisher's note

Hurricane Katrina Revisited: Twenty-first Century Lynching and Land-stealing

Follow an intern's path in helping to produce this book.

New Orleans Public Housing Residents Issue Urgent Call for Electrical Support.

Supportive letter for Face to Face from a former FEMA recipient from California--- just back from his third tour as a volunteer homebuilder with Rebuilding Together in New Orleans.

Enthusiastic letter from Sugarland, TX reader!


JUNETEENTH: A Celebration of Freedom

Juneteenth Cover

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom, by Charles A. Taylor, expresses the jubilation that occurred on June 19, 1865, when African American people in Texas were the last to be freed from the horrors of slavery, over two months after the end of the Civil War. Dr. Taylor's information-packed book, full of colorful illustrations, archival photographs, and historical documents, serves both as an honest and accessible retelling of one of the most painful and complex periods of American history and a guide to this beautiful holiday. Juneteenth is the oldest African American celebration in the United States and is quickly becoming one of the most popular holidays observed by Black Americans. Over half of the states have now made Juneteenth a holiday.

Click here to download a free Juneteenth workbook for classroom and/or family study. (Microsoft Word format)


We are downsizing Open Hand Publishing. See our special discounts on all books and special complimentary book offer, "High Tide of Black Resistance," by legendary civil rights leader, James Forman, elsewhere on this homepage.

We have only ten copies left of Triumph Over Marcos Stone on Stone, and Old Woman of Irish Blood.

The following five Open Hand books have been given InfoTech reviews by The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:

Open Hand Publisher, Richard Koritz, has served on the Board of Directors of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum for the past decade. He is extremely pleased and proud that this year, on February 1, 2010, the long awaited museum opened its doors at the former Woolworth's in Greensboro, NC, the actual historic site of the events celebrated in the museum. It was exactly 50 years to the day earlier when four heroic North Carolina A&T College freshmen sat down at the Woolworth's lunch counter and refused to get up and leave until they were served the coffee and menu items they requested. The Greensboro civil rights museum uses interactive presentations and modern technology as well as original artifacts to tell the dramatic story of this historic incident and site, the centerpiece of the museum. It was this event that sparked a vibrant and serious civil rights movement throughout the south and the entire country, ushering in the fascinating decade of the 1960's! Hopefully, many readers of Open Hand books will make the pilgrimage to this outstanding civil rights museum.

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Check out our new Special for Educators page, and see what exclusive opportunities we provide for teachers and professors.

About the Publishers

Open Hand Publishers Sandra and Richard Koritz continue to lead a small but dedicated ad hoc group that holds a vigil in downtown Greensboro every Monday to protest the United States wars of aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq and now tragically Libya as well. They have been leading these one hour Monday demonstrations since October of 2001.

In 2011, Sandra Koritz was re-elected as a Co-Chair of the new North Carolina Triad Jobs with Justice Chapter, the first and thus far only chapter in the state. In 2010 under JwJ sponsorship a moving tribute to the life and legacy of Crystal Lee Sutton, the real Norma Rae, a very close friend of both Richard and Sandra was held in early January. And, on May Day, a solid Workers Memorial Day Commemoration focused on the lives of the twenty-nine coal miners who lost their lives while working for the Massey Energy Company, a notorious violator of mine safety laws in West Virginia.

Richard Koritz has again been re-elected to the North Carolina Executive Board of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) AFL-CIO and re-elected as a delegate of the state letter carriers union to the N.C. AFL-CIO Convention. He also continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro.

A busy couple indeed!