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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been called history's greatest basketball player. Since retiring from basketball in 1989, the Laker legend has written two bestselling books. His latest is Black Profiles in Courage, now available in paperback. With a foreword by Henry Louis Gates Jr., the book examines the lives of heroic African Americans, an ideal introduction to black history.
Among the inspiring examples of positive black role models throughout history are Peter Salem, the volunteer soldier who turned the tide at Bunker Hill; Joseph Cinque, leader of a daring revolt on the slave ship Amistad; Bass Reeves, the deputy marshal who became the most accomplished lawman in the history of the West; and Lewis Latimer, whose scientific work was integral to the achievements of Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison.
Black Profiles in Courage sheds light on the character, honor, dignity, conviction, and, above all, courage of these exemplary figures. The stories emphasize the important role that African Americans have had in weaving the fabric of our nation, helping to form a legacy from which Americans of all ages and backgrounds can draw inspiration.