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100 Greatest African Americans

Author: Molefi Kete Asante
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 161592423X
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Since 1619, when Africans first came ashore in the swampy Chesapeake region of Virginia, there have been many individuals whose achievements or strength of character in the face of monumental hardships have called attention to the genius of the African American people. This book attempts to distill from many wonderful possibilities the 100 most outstanding examples of greatness. Pioneering scholar of African American Studies Molefi Kete Asante has used four criteria in his selection: the individual's significance in the general progress of African Americans toward full equality in the American social and political system; self-sacrifice and the demonstration of risk for the collective good; unusual will and determination in the face of the greatest danger or against the most stubborn odds; and personal achievement that reveals the best qualities of the African American people. In adopting these criteria Professor Asante has sought to steer away from the usual standards of popular culture, which often elevates the most popular, the wealthiest, or the most photogenic to the cult of celebrity. The individuals in this book - examples of lasting greatness as opposed to the ephemeral glare of celebrity fame - come from four centuries of African American history.Each entry includes brief biographical information, relevant dates, an assessment of the individual's place in African American history with particular reference to a historical timeline, and a discussion of his or her unique impact on American society. Numerous pictures and illustrations will accompany the articles. This superb reference work will complement any library and be of special interest to students and scholars of American and African American history.

African Americans And Criminal Justice An Encyclopedia

Author: Delores D. Jones-Brown
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 031335717X
Size: 76.96 MB
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Does justice exist for Blacks in America? This comprehensive compilation of essays documents the historical and contemporary impact of the law and criminal justice system on people of African ancestry in the United States. • 120 A–Z entries on race and criminal justice and famous or infamous African American crime perpetrators or victims • Contributions from more than 50 distinguished scholars from many criminal justice/criminology academic programs across the country • An index of key persons, events, and legislation

African American Nonfiction Books In The 21st Century

Author: Harry B. Dunbar
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780964365438
Size: 33.86 MB
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This work is essentially a bibliography consisting of a representative sampling of 58 nonfiction books published in the year 2004 about African Americans and about the issues that impacted and impact us, - viewed in the context of the canon of 664 selected from those published in the last two decades of the twentieth century. The offerings of the mainstream press in the period 1939-1964 are cited as a backdrop. Ninety-one titles published over the years 2001 to 2003 constitute the sampling for that period. The surge in the publication of books in the canon at the end of the 20th century is analyzed.

Black Firsts

Author: Jessie Carney Smith
Publisher: Visible Ink Press
ISBN: 1578594251
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Achievement engenders pride, and the most significant accomplishments involving people, places, and events in black history are gathered in Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Events.

African American Pioneers Of Baseball

Author: Lew Freedman
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313338519
Size: 63.29 MB
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Presents brief portraits of twenty legendary African American baseball players who contributed to the integration of Major League baseball.

Encyclopedia Of African American Actresses In Film And Television

Author: Bob McCann
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786458046
Size: 55.10 MB
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The first work of its kind, this encyclopedia provides 360 brief biographies of African American film and television actresses from the silent era to 2009. It includes entries on well-known and nearly forgotten actresses, running the gamut from Academy Award and NAACP Image Award winners to B–film and blaxpoitation era stars. Each entry has a complete filmography of the actress’s film, TV, music video or short film credits. The work also features more than 170 photographs, some of them rare images from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.