The Words of African-American Heroes

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Celebrating notable African Americans, this inspirational and thoughtprovoking collection of quotations covers a wide range of African-American heroes, from Sojourner Truth to Frederick Douglass, Thurgood Marshall to Jackie Robinson, Ella Fitzgerald to Harriet Tubman, Toni Morrison to Jesse Owens, George Washington Carver to Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks to Barack Obama, from profound historical figures to more current, popular ones, such as Oprah Winfrey, Nikki Giovanni, ...

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Overview

Celebrating notable African Americans, this inspirational and thoughtprovoking collection of quotations covers a wide range of African-American heroes, from Sojourner Truth to Frederick Douglass, Thurgood Marshall to Jackie Robinson, Ella Fitzgerald to Harriet Tubman, Toni Morrison to Jesse Owens, George Washington Carver to Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks to Barack Obama, from profound historical figures to more current, popular ones, such as Oprah Winfrey, Nikki Giovanni, Spike Lee, and Snoop Dogg.

Organized thematically, the selections explore key topics such as overcoming obstacles, teaching life lessons, and nurturing creativity. The book features more than 350 quotations memorializing the wisdom and strength of 200 notable African-American heroes. The sources for the quotations and an instructive biographical section are included as well.

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Excerpts from The Words of African-American Heroes:

"Believe me, most people resist change, even when it promises to be for the better. But change will come, and if you acknowledge this simple but indisputable fact of life, and understand that you must adjust to all change, then you will have a head start." —Arthur Ashe

"I guess what everyone wants more than anything else is to be loved. And to know you loved me for my singing is too much for me. Forgive me if I don’t have the words. Maybe I can sing and you’ll understand." —Ella Fitzgerald

"I have often reflected upon the new vistas that reading opened to me. I knew right there in prison that reading had changed forever the course of my life. As I see it today, the ability to read awoke in me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive." —Malcolm X

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557049452
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/15/2011
  • Series: Newmarket Words Of Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,403,974
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Editor Clara Villarosaopened The Hue-ManExperience bookstore specializingin African-American titles in Denver,more than two decades agoand later opened a second,enormously successful branch in Harlem.The recipient of more than thirty awards,including the National Minority Entrepreneurof the Year, she lives in Harlem, NewYork. A business coach, she is the author ofDown to Business: The First 10 Steps toEntrepreneurship for Women.

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Excerpts from The Words of African-American Heroes:

"Believe me, most people resist change, even when it promises to be for the better. But change will come, and if you acknowledge this simple but indisputable fact of life, and understand that you must adjust to all change, then you will have a head start." —Arthur Ashe

"I guess what everyone wants more than anything else is to be loved. And to know you loved me for my singing is too much for me. Forgive me if I don’t have the words. Maybe I can sing and you’ll understand." —Ella Fitzgerald

"I have often reflected upon the new vistas that reading opened to me. I knew right there in prison that reading had changed forever the course of my life. As I see it today, the ability to read awoke in me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive." —Malcolm X

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 Sparking the Imagination: Creativity and Art 1

2 The Ties that Bind: Branches and Leaves of the Family Tree 17

3 Movers and Shakers: Leaders and Heroes 33

4 And Still I Rise: Overcoming Obstacles 43

5 Dare to Dream: Faith, Hope, and Inspiration 65

6 Guiding Our Youth: Teaching Life Lessons 85

7 Honoring Our Heritage: Words of Wisdom 99

Biographical Briefs 111

Index 141

Acknowledgments 147

About the Editor 149

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