This unparalleled resource celebrates the remarkable contributions of black men and women to the United States, beginning with the earliest slave ships to cross the Atlantic and culminating at the close of the 20th century. Witten by four African-American professionals with over 75 years of collective experience in education and counseling, this compendium documents the vital impact of African-Americans on America s past and present. Spanning history, popular culture, education, religion, science, technology, business, law, government, fine arts, sports, and the military, the authors spotlight dozens of trail blazers, from Dorothy Height to Warren Thompson, from Dr. Benjamin Carson to Barbara Jordan. Entries include: * Enduring African-American folk remedies and innovative contributions in medical research. * Pioneering African-American attorneys, judges, governors, and senators. * Notable Broadway plays and award-winning movies with African-American themes. * A tribute to African-American soldiers, including the fearless women nurses in World War I. Published just in time for African-American History Month in February, Almanac of African-American Heritage will become an instant backlist title and will remain a wonderful tribute and strong resource for years to come.
About the Author
Johnnie H. Miles, Ed.D., Juanita J. Davis, Ed.D., Sharon F. Ferguson-Roberts, Ed.D., and Rita G. Giles, Ed.D., have all taught at the college level and worked as professional counselors, mediators, trainers, and career consultants. Prouvéd of their African-American heritage, the co-authors are committed to increasing knowledge and understanding about diverse populations in education, industry, and government. Each lives in the state of Virginia.
Table of Contents
About this Book. Foreword. HISTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE UNITED STATES. African Americans in the United States. Economics of Slavery. Slavery in the United States. Plantation Life. Resistance to Slavery. The Courts and Slavery. Violence Against African Americans. Fight for Freedom. African American Demographics. CULTURAL TRADITIONS. Families. Languages. Celebrations and Holidays. Funeral Practices. Music and Dance. Fashion. Games and Storytelling. Food and African American Culture. Names and Titles Used to Describe African Americans. Beauty Pageant Winners. EDUCATION. African Americans in Education. Civil Rights and Desegregation Developments. Special Emphasis Programs. Youth Organizations. Rhodes Scholars. First Doctoral Degrees Conferred. Colleges and Universities. Publications (A Selected List). Organizations That Promote African American Education. RELIGION. The Organized African American Church. Pioneers in Religion. Denominational Traditions and Rituals. Religious Conferences and Conventions. Educational Institutions. Preaching Styles. Music in the African American Church. Religious Organizations. Ministerial Leadership. Acronyms and Glossary. MEDICINE, SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY. Firsts in Science. Innovative Contributions. Key Dates. Health Issues. Research. Folk Medicine and Healers. Organizations and Associations. Literature. BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY. African Americans in Business and Industry. Businesses. Financial Companies. Insurance Companies. Auto Dealers. LAW AND GOVERNMENT. African Americans in Law and Government. Reconstruction. Voting Rights Legislation. Judiciary System. Government Leaders. Local Civil Service Offices. Presidential Medal-of-Freedom Honorees. President and Vice President Candidates/Nominees. Organizations. ARTS, LETTERS, AND MEDIA. Firsts in Arts, Letters, and Media. Art and Artists. Music. Literature. Radio and Television. Plays and Movies. Actors and Actresses. Performing Arts Organizations and Facilities. Trade Publications and Resource Guides. SPORTS. African Americans in Sports. Football. Horse Racing. Boxing. Baseball. Basketball. Track and Field. Sports on Film. Spotlights. THE MILITARY. Military History. Women in the Military. Specific Military Branches. Medal-of-Honor Recipients. Military Officers. Military Vessels. Military Films. Veterans' Organizations. Military Publications. MISCELLANEA. The Western Frontier. Landmarks. Postage Stamps Honoring African Americans. Spingarn Medals. Little-Known Facts. Organizations That Hate. Newspapers. Selected Bibliography.