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W E D N E S D A Y

From Muhammad Ali’s cocky posturing to Park Avenue benefits for the Black Panthers, a certain amount of black independence is acceptable to the establishment—as long as it doesn’t go too far. Ralph Wiley would just as soon do without that kind of patronage. In his previous book, Why Black People Tend to Shout, he addressed himself to the rest of the world; the latest by the Maryland author, What Black People Should Do Now, is more inward-looking and independent. Wiley gives a reading and signs his latest at 7:30 p.m. at Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. FREE. (301) 699-3500. (Patrick Symmes)