African-American Social Leaders and Activists

African-American Social Leaders and Activists

by Jack Rummel
     
 

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Whether abolitionists or slave revolt leaders, civil rights activists or educators, newspaper publishers or club officers, African-American activists and social leaders have been at the forefront of the struggle for civil rights, racial equality, and social justice for more than 200 years. From the fight to end slavery to the push for a place in the world of business,…  See more details below

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Whether abolitionists or slave revolt leaders, civil rights activists or educators, newspaper publishers or club officers, African-American activists and social leaders have been at the forefront of the struggle for civil rights, racial equality, and social justice for more than 200 years. From the fight to end slavery to the push for a place in the world of business, the professions, universities, and the factory floor, African-American leaders have defined the key issues of their day and galvanized the energies of their community. Offering a wealth of useful information, this book profiles 160 social leaders and activists. Each enlightening biographical entry concentrates on the events in that person's life related to his or her accomplishments as a social leader or activist and includes a list of further readings on that person. An introduction, bibliography, subject indexes, general index, and 50 photographs support the text.

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Gr 8 Up-These biographical dictionaries highlight the lives and accomplishments of notable individuals, past and present. Each volume contains 125 to 200 alphabetical entries, all of which provide some biographical details and concentrate on events related to achievements in that field. Athletes includes sports from automobile racing to wrestling. An appended list subdivides major sports, so Ernie Banks and Derek Jeter are grouped under "Baseball Infielder" and Gale Sayers and Marshall Faulk under "Football Running Back." Unheralded women such as Earline Brown (shot putter) and Flo Hyman (volleyball) accompany more common names such as Althea Gibson. Performing Arts includes actors, dancers, choreographers, composers, and musicians and singers from ragtime to rap. Many entries, including those on Angela Bassett, Fats Waller, and Leontyne Price, provide cross-references to individuals who influenced the performers. Social Leaders contains abolitionists, separatists, civil rights activists, educators, newspaper publishers, and others whose efforts focused on the issues of their day. Entries on W.E.B. Du Bois, Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks accompany those on scores of lesser-known men and women. Nearly all entries have a Web-site reference. Science, Math, and Invention includes trailblazers who broke color barriers in their field, such as Frederick Drew Gregory, Deputy Administrator of NASA; and Sarah Breedlove Walker, the first self-made woman millionaire in the U.S. Average-quality, black-and-white portraits are scattered throughout. Overall, these are fine reference sources.-Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816048403
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Series:
A to Z of African Americans Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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