I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America

I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America

by Brian Lanker, Barbara Summers
     
 
First published in 1989, I Dream a World, a collection of 75 portraits, has become a landmark in publishing history. Now the 10th anniversary of this book is being celebrated with this completely revised and updated edition that charts the achievements of a remarkable group of African-American women and their continued impact on the world.

Many changes have

Overview

First published in 1989, I Dream a World, a collection of 75 portraits, has become a landmark in publishing history. Now the 10th anniversary of this book is being celebrated with this completely revised and updated edition that charts the achievements of a remarkable group of African-American women and their continued impact on the world.

Many changes have occurred since Brian Lanker set out to capture the faces of both the prominent and unsung women who've made a difference. Sixteen of the original 76 women are no longer among us, including Septima Clark, Barbara Jordan, Clara McBride (Mother) Hale, and Betty Shabazz. But, as this new edition reveals, all of them have left behind an enduring legacy for future generations.

Most importantly, in revising and updating I Dream a World, we celebrate not only the event of its publication, but the continued achievements of an extraordinary group of women who remain vitally alive as role models for the next century.

Editorial Reviews

bn.com
Photographer Brian Lanker's I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America is a classic collection of photographs and first-person remembrances that celebrates the invaluable contributions of African-American women to the arts, literature, politics, education, athletics, and virtually every other aspect of society.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This companion volume to an exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., documents the aspirations and achievements of 75 black women--from ``unsung heroine'' Priscilla L. Williams (``I had fourteen children. Seven of them was my sister's'' sic) to former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm--in the arts, politics, business, academia, athletics and other fields. Photographs by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lanker are often striking, quietly revealing pride of character, whether borne with predatorial glamour (Leontyne Price) or guileless pleasure (Gwendolyn Brooks). His verbal portraits, spoken in the words of his subjects, are largely a disappointment, however--brief, surprisingly full of platitudes and lacking in personal signature, they tell a dramatic story of struggle and success in a flatly generic voice. But notable exceptions, such as law professor Eleanor Holmes Norton, comment on their lives with uncompromising intelligence (``Black people get their moral authority in this country not simply because they have suffered, but because they understand the suffering of other people''). (Apr.)
Library Journal
A double-paged format of photograph, brief biographical information, and first-person accounts of women from all walks of life. The 75 photographs (and interviews) by Lanker were exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The book can function as art, history, literature, or social commentary. Though Barbara Jordon, Alice Walker, and Priscilla Williams inspired this white man's project, many other women provide the names he needed to produce the final 75. Amazingly beautiful and moving (to laughter or to tears), this book cannot be treated adequately on paper; go quickly and purchase copies for your library and yourself.-- Rebecca Sturm Kelm, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights
WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women
I Dream a World is a collection of stunning black and white photos of 70 Black women who followed their dreams. (Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Brian Lanker arranged these photo shoots over a two year period, collecting stories from the women along the way.) Alongside each woman's full-page photo are her stories, shared bits and pieces of her life and who she is. Each, in combination, creates an eloquent reflection of a woman who managed to create a life of meaning and beauty, even in the face of extreme hardship and prejudice.
—Ilene Rossoff

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556700637
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/1989
Pages:
167
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

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