A Wealth of Wisdom: Legendary African American Elders Speak

A Wealth of Wisdom: Legendary African American Elders Speak


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A Wealth of Wisdom: Legendary African American Elders Speak by Camille O. Cosby, Renee Pouissant

Camille O. Cosby and Renee Poussaint believe, as do legions here and around the world, that the wisdom of our elders is our most valuable resource. "Longevity has its virtues," said Martin Luther King Jr. in his now famous speech, "I Have a Dream." A Wealth of Wisdom, edited by Cosby and Poussaint, serves as profound evidence of the abundance of those virtues. A Wealth of Wisdom is a collection of stories, experiences, and observations of more than fifty African Americans, ages seventy and over. Accompanied by portraits by famed photographer Howard L. Bingham, the accounts by these pivotal leaders take us behind their historic public moments to their underlying personal realities. Camille O. Cosby and Renee Poussaint collected the stories of these national and regional leaders as a part of their work with the National Visionary Leadership Project, an organization they founded to ensure that the lessons learned from our country's African American elders are preserved and passed on to the young people who will be the leaders of tomorrow.

The women and men included in this groundbreaking book represent every region in the nation, plus a wide range of professional and personal lifestyles. They are clergy, educators, artists, healers, military leaders, politicians, architects, social scientists, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, grandparents and advisers. These visionary elders are the living embodiment of our ongoing history. They are men and women whose commitment and abilities shaped this country, and in particular its African American community. Their extraordinary stories allow us to understand how we as a nation got where we are. Their insights can help us, especially our younger generations, determine where we are going. A Wealth of Wisdom offers all of us a chance to sit at the feet of our most accomplished elders. As Geoffrey Holder declares, "Find your great-aunt or your favorite godmother, and ask them questions. They'll give you all the answers -- their way. They are the writers of the book."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743478922
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 01/27/2004
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 7.27(w) x 8.83(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

Camille Cosby is a producer and educator. She coproduced the Tony Award-nominated Having Our Say, which won a 1999 Peabody Award for television, and has also served as executive producer of numerous film projects.

Renee Poussaint is a veteran network journalist and winner of three Emmy awards. She is the president and CEO of Wisdom Works, Inc., a major documentary production company, and a Senior Fellow at the University of Maryland's Academy of Leadership.

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This book should be a must read not only for African Americans but, for all young people. It is an exceptional read. This Mother's Day it will be my gift to my friends. Days when I feel lost, A Wealth of Wisdom gives me peace with myself. I wish this book was around raising my two children. First Rate !!!