The book is a history of African-American leadership in modern times, with special focus on two magnetic and essential figures in the struggle for racial equality: General Benjamin O. Davis Jr. and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Following an introductory chapter on slavery and the Civil War, the book examines African-American leadership during the two world wars; and the history of civil rights legislation in the twentieth century. It tells how a people who were enslaved for over 240 years came to have one of their own become president of the country that enslaved them and a leader of the free world. The chapters are well-organized and engaging, written for readers of high school or college age, or adults with an interest in the subject matter. Easily accessible footnotes provide references for further study.
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About the Author
As an African-American with a thirty-year record of service in the United States Air Force and a twenty-seven year career with Tuskegee University. I have had the opportunity to make a study of civil rights in the United States. I also served two years as a faculty member of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery Alabama.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 In The Beginning 17
Chapter 2 The Beginning Of The 20Th Century 42
Chapter 3 Benjamin O. Davis Jr. Leads: Integration Of The United States Military, An Important Victory In Black's Fight For Equal Opportunity 80
Chapter 4 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leads: The Moral Leader In The Fight For Equal Opportunity 168