African American Millionaires ( Black Stars Series)


Meet the black Achievers who...

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Meet the black Achievers who attained the American Dream–from the early years to modern times

"This wonderful book should be required reading for young people, who will learn how some of the nation’s most successful Black men and women became role models."
–Joyce Ladner, Ph.D.

Robert Sengstacke Abbott
Tyra Banks
Matel "Mat" Dawson Jr.
Joe L. Dudley Sr.
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
S. B. Fuller
Arthur George Gaston
Earl G. Graves
Earvin "Magic" Johnson
John H. Johnson
Robert L. Johnson
Quincy Jones
Shelton "Spike" Jackson Lee
William Alexander Leidesdorff
Abraham Lincoln Lewis
Reginald Francis Lewis
Annie Turnbo Malone
Bridget "Biddy" Mason
Anthony Overton
Mary Ellen Pleasant
Russell Simmons
Madame C. J. Walker
Oprah Gail Winfrey
Eldrick "Tiger" Woods
Crispus Attucks Wright

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
A volume in the "Black Star" series, this well-intentioned collection profiles twenty-five African American achievers who have become millionaires, some many times over. Each opens with an overview of their success followed by information about their childhood, education either formally or in work situations, and their rise to success. Much of the information is taken from the subject's own writings, as indicated by the bibliography. Subjects are divided by chronology into four parts: William Leidesdorff represents "The Early Years" and four people (Mary Ellen Pleasant, Bridget Mason, Anthony Overton, and Abraham Lincoln Lewis) represent the Civil War and Reconstruction Era. "Into the New Century" presents five subjects, including the more well-known Madame C. J. Walker and S. B. Fuller. "Modern Times," the largest section, mostly figures from sports, modeling, and entertainment, includes Robert L. Johnson, "Spike" Lee, and Tiger Woods. Wooden, fulsome prose is unadorned with quotes and recounts facts but with omissions (e.g., suggesting that Magic Johnson's AIDs was caused by blood transfusions rather than prodigious sexual activity about which Johnson is quite open). Each person is represented by an often poorly reproduced photograph (Madame C. J. Walker's is so muddy that one only has to look at the jacket to see the contrast). Unevenly formatted biographies feature boxed information and vocabulary in earlier profiles but boxes are all but abandoned in later profiles. However, what emerges from these profiles is the message of hard work, the head-on confrontation of racial injustices, the role of mentors and the importance of being one, the value of education, and the author'sselection of public good works which suggest the importance of giving back to the community. All in all, report writers will find information here while others will be inspired to dream. But the modern venue for making a million, indicates this book, is still in sports and entertainment. 2005, Wiley, Ages 11 to 16.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-Sullivan offers an exemplary compilation of a relatively unexplored subject area. The 25 individuals profiled are from diverse fields and eras, ranging from contemporary figures such as Russell Simmons and Tyra Banks to early-18th-century pioneers Mary Ellen Pleasant and Bridget "Biddy" Mason. A few of the inclusions are obvious choices (Madame C. J. Walker and Oprah Winfrey, for example), but some will most likely be unfamiliar. Little-known pioneers in their fields include William Alexander Leidesdorff, builder of San Francisco's first hotel, and Annie Turnbo Malone, whose hair and skin products preceded those of Madame C. J. Walker. All of the individuals are noted for their philanthropic ventures. Each entry includes a black-and-white photo or reproduction. The book is well organized, highly readable, and inspiring.-Ajoke T. I. Kokodoko, Oakland Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471469285
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/20/2004
  • Series: Black Stars Series , #6
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 969,981
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.72 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Otha Richard Sullivan, Ed.D., a former science teacher and guidance counselor, headed Detroit’s program to infuse African American history into the public schools’ curriculum. He is currently a professor of education and psychology and the director of the ACHIEVE Mississippi Project at Alcorn State University. Dr. Sullivan is the author of two other volumes in Wiley’s Black Stars series, African American Inventors and African American Women Scientists and Inventors.

Jim Haskins, the general editor of the Black Stars series, is the author of more than one hundred books for young readers. His works include African American Entrepreneurs, which is part of the Black Stars series, and Black Eagles: African Americans in Aviation; he also collaborated with Rosa Parks on her autobiography, Rosa Parks: My Story. He has received many awards, including the Coretta Scott King Book Award and the Washington Post Children’s Book Guild Award for the body of his work.

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Table of Contents





William Alexander Leidesdorff.


Mary Ellen Pleasant.

Bridget “Biddy” Mason.

Anthony Overton.

Abraham Lincoln Lewis.


Madame C. J. Walker.

Annie Turnbo Malone.

Robert Sengstacke Abbott.

Arthur George Gaston.

S. B. Fuller.


John H. Johnson.

Crispus Attucks Wright.

Matel “Mat” Dawson Jr.

Quincy D. Jones.

Earl G. Graves.

Joe L. Dudley Sr.

Reginald Francis Lewis.

Robert L. Johnson.

Oprah Gail Winfrey.

Shelton “Spike” Jackson Lee.

Russell Simmons.

Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.

Tyra Banks.

Eldrick “Tiger” Woods.


Picture Credits.


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