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Voices of Historical and Contemporary Black American Pioneers [4 volumes]
     

Voices of Historical and Contemporary Black American Pioneers [4 volumes]

by Vernon L. Farmer, Evelyn Shepherd-Wynn
 

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The stories of black American professionals, both historic and contemporary, reveal the hardships and triumphs they faced in overcoming racism to succeed in their chosen fields.

• Stories of 150 outstanding black American scholars and professionals from varied career fields, drawn from biographies, autobiographies, and original interviews

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The stories of black American professionals, both historic and contemporary, reveal the hardships and triumphs they faced in overcoming racism to succeed in their chosen fields.

• Stories of 150 outstanding black American scholars and professionals from varied career fields, drawn from biographies, autobiographies, and original interviews

• Excerpts from six original works

• 160 photographs

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"This four-volume reference resource examines the lives of some 150 black professionals, offering important information from the standpoint of their careers and also very clear and succinct points of view to which readers may not be exposed in the formal college or university classroom setting. . . . Summing Up: Highly recommended." - Choice

"The expansive work covers a multitude of professionals whose influence has spread across the United States and around the world, and even those who have visited outer space, portraying those who have experienced notable success in their fields while overcoming significant adversity. . . . This work will be a worthy addition to black history collections as well as secondary libraries that need to expand their contemporary biography sections." - Library Journal

Library Journal
Farmer (educational leadership, Grambling State Univ.; Meeting the Challenge of Cultural Diversity in Higher Education in the New Millennium) and Shepherd-Wynn (English, Grambling State Univ.; coeditor, with Farmer, Teaching Culturally Diverse College Students in a Pluralistic Society) present the stories of 150 African American pioneers in various fields through interviews, personal stories, and primary-source documents. The expansive work covers a multitude of professionals whose influence has spread across the United States and around the world, and even those who have visited outer space, portraying those who have experienced notable success in their fields while overcoming significant adversity. The alphabetically arranged volumes are organized by profession and cover medicine and science; law and government; aviation, the armed forces, and astronautics; and education, social sciences, and humanities. Entries offer a brief biography of the individual followed by transcripts of original interviews or a narrative written by the subject. The set includes a foreword by medical pioneer Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr. and an afterword by former NASA astronaut Guion S. Bluford, Jr. VERDICT This work will be a worthy addition to black history collections as well as secondary libraries that need to expand their contemporary biography sections. While not exhaustive, it is a good place to kick-start research.—Wayne R. Cherry, Jr., First Baptist Acad., Houston

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313392252
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/15/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
1465
File size:
9 MB

Meet the Author

Vernon L. Farmer, PhD, is professor of educational leadership in the College of Education at Grambling State University, Grambling, LA.

Evelyn Shepherd-Wynn, EdD, is assistant professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences at Grambling State University, Grambling, LA.

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