Black America A Photographic Journey: Past to Presentby Marcia A. Smith
From the Civil War years to the present day, the African American story is told here in a startling and comprehensive visual record of over 400 photographs. Black America takes us chronologically through the years, starting with the lives of "contraband" slaves who escaped from the South, grasping any opportunity to live in freedom. If then follows the new lives of African Americans into the Reconstruction era, before the withdrawal of federal support allowed the plantocracy back into power. The rich history of African Americans is illustrated decade by decade, from the exodusters' courageous move west to Kansas and Nebraska, to the Great Migration north as blacks sought out better jobs and better lives, only to encounter urban mob violence at the end of World War I. Witness the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to combat lynch law and Jim Crow segregation in the South, and the creative upsurge of the Harlem Renaissonce, which ended with the Great Depression when fifty percent of all African Americans found themselves out of work.
The images of athletes Jesse Owens, Joe Lewis, and Jackie Robinson remind us how they put a face on black achievement. Images of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., juxtaposed with those of Malcolm X illustrate the dichotomy of the black community, which even today struggles between King's nonviolent integrationist message and the ideas of the Black Power movement. Finally, arriving at the present, the achievements of Colin Powell, our first black secretary of state, and Halle Berry, our first black Best Actress Academy Award winner, show how far African Americans have come -- however for there is yet to go.
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This provides an excellent pictoral view of life in the African American community. Pictures are worth a thousand words!