Three hundred African American women who have "made significant contributions to social reform, politics, arts and entertainment, religion, business, education and the professions from colonial times to the present" are the subject of this volume
The signed entries are alphabetically arranged and vary in length from several paragraphs to eight pages. The articles discuss the woman's family, education, career background, and the significance of her achievements. An annotated bibliography follows each entry
Some of the women are little known, and information about them has come from oral histories, interviews, and manuscripts. The strength of this dictionary lies in its coverage of these lesser-known people. For example, there are entries for religious leader Lillian Coffey, social worker and physician Catharine Lealtad, and Sarah Walker, the first black woman millionaire. Historical figures are included, but the emphasis is on the achievements of twentieth-century women. The majority of the women are associated with civil rights activities, organizations (e.g., NAACP), education, the arts, and politics, but other areas such as sports, aviation, and union leadership are covered. All entries are organized by career category in a useful index. There is also a general index and an insert of black-and-white photographs
Even though approximately 200 of the women are also found in "Notable Black American Women" ["RBB" Ap 15 92], libraries building an African American or women's studies collection may want to consider this book as a supplement. It is also an alternative purchase for libraries that couldn't afford the two-volume "Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia" ["RBB" My 1 93], which provides biographies of 804 women.
a reference source on some 270 black women who have made significant contributions to social reform, politics, arts and entertainment, religion, business, education, and the professions--from the colonial era to the present. The individual entries are written in essay form, providing concise information about each woman's childhood, education, career, and achievements. Each entry is followed by an annotated bibliography that cites manuscript collections and secondary sources in books and periodicals. Arranged alphabetically, the entries are cross-referenced, listed in categories, and indexed by occupations, organizations, and regions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)