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Achievements, pride, and accomplishments involving people, places, and events in black history are gathered in Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Events. This new edition collects and celebrates the thousands of world-moving people and hard-to-find facts and accomplishments that have helped shape society and culture. It recognizes and honors both renowned and lesser-known barrier-breaking trailblazers in all fieldsarts, entertainment, business, civil rights, education, government, invention, journalism, religion, science, sports, music, and more. With more than 350 photos and illustrations, this vital collection includes thousands of personal victories and triumphs. Revel and rejoice in the hard work accomplished by these men and women who overcame adversity and difficulties. Read about change, progress, and the pioneers, such as Who was the black explorer who joined the Lewis and Clark expedition? Who was the black hero who sacrificed himself at the Boston Massacre, an event that would help inspire the American Revolution? Which two songs by Black Americans are the first to reach outer space? Who were the Tuskegee Airmen and why are they so famous? Why was Hattie McDaniel’s performance in Gone with the Wind significant? What movie featured the first black female lead in a Disney animated feature?
|Publisher:||Visible Ink Press|
|Edition description:||Third Edition, Third edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.90(d)|
About the Author
Jessie Carney Smith is a noted author, biographer, and black studies scholar. She is William and Camille Cosby Professor in the Humanities at Fisk University in Nashville, where she also serves as the university librarian. Among her numerous awards are the 1992 National Women's Book Association Award, the Candace Award for excellence in education, and "Sage" magazine's Ann J. Cooper Award for her published works on African American women. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Table of Contents
|Arts & Entertainment||1|
|Civil Rights & Protest||115|
|Government: County & State||225|
|Science & Medicine||589|
What People are Saying About This
"Black Firsts remains an important part of the reference collection, and school, public, and academic libraries will welcome this updated version." —Booklist
"An exhaustive listing of the accomplishments of black Americans in the arts, business, education, the military, medicine and science, and sports." —Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"This authoritative work, with its brief biographies of many accomplished and famous African Americans, is one that writers, researchers, and libraries will want to keep close at hand for its valuable information." —Richmond Times-Dispatch
"This is a must-have reference." —St. Paul Pioneer Press
"The well-researched sketches provide a great deal of information. This is an excellent resource for starting research on black history, but its sheer volume may be overwhelming to casual researchers. The lesser-known figures, however, make the title worth digging into." —Library Journal (December 2012)
"The book itself is an achievement. . . . It is a treasure trove of information about black history and surely an inspiration." —www.BookViewsByAlanCaruba.blogspot.com