African American Almanac: 400 Years of Triumph, Courage and Excellence

African American Almanac: 400 Years of Triumph, Courage and Excellence

Language: English

Pages: 560

ISBN: 1578593239

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The most complete and affordable single-volume reference of African American culture available today, this almanac is a unique and valuable resource devoted to illustrating and demystifying the moving, difficult, and often lost history of black life in America. A legacy of pride, struggle, and triumph spanning more than 400 years is presented through a fascinating mix of biographies-including 500 influential figures-little-known or misunderstood historical facts, enlightening essays on significant legislation and movements, and 150 rare photographs and illustrations. Covering events surrounding the civil rights movement; African American literature, art, and music; religion within the black community; and advances in science and medicine, this reference connects history to the issues currently facing the African American community and provides a range of information on society and culture.

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for creative writing. She has taught English and literature at Livingston College in North Carolina, at West Virginia State College, and at Jackson State College in Mississippi. Her novel Jubilee appeared in 1965, and For My People was reprinted in 1969. Her other works are Prophets for a New Day; How I Wrote Jubilee; October Journey, and A Poetic Equation: Conversations between Nikki Giovanni and Margaret Walker. June 17, 1976, was proclaimed Margaret Walker Alexander Day by the mayor of her

the will, desire, and aspiration of the people. BIOGRAPHIES: CLASSICAL MUSIC Michael Abels (1962–) Composer Michael Abels was born in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1962. He studied at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and was esteemed for his composition Queries. After focusing his studies on African American music and the black church he collaborated with the Reverend James Cleveland regarding an arrangement for his recording. This opened the door to a commission from the Phoenix

Oilers and Randall Cunningham of the Philadelphia Eagles. By 1990 blacks comprised a full sixty percent of the 1,316 players in the NFL. The coaching ranks have been slow to integrate but are showing some progress. Art Shell of the Los Angeles Raiders became the first black head coach of the modern era in 1990. Dennis Green assumed the head-coaching duties for the Minnesota Vikings in 1992. Professional football has also added black coaches to the important positions of offensive and defensive

as a sports consultant. She is also the author of I Always Wanted to Be Somebody (1958). In 1959 she recorded an album Althea Gibson Sings and appeared in the film The Horse Soldiers. At the U.S. Open Tournament in 2002 Gibson’s career was celebrated along with the recognition of her seventieth birthday. On September 28, 2003, at the age of seventy-six Gibson died of respiratory failure. Bob Gibson (1935–) Baseball Player, Coach Robert “Bob” Gibson (nicknamed “Hoot” and “Gibby”) was born on

432 Burris, Roland W., 63 Burroughs, Nannie Helen, 92, 99, 99 (ill.) Burrows, Stephen, 262–63 Burton, Gary, 333 Bush, Anita, 219 Bush, George H.W., 36, 85, 165 Bush, George W. and civil rights, 36, 50 and education, 96 and politics, 76, 85 and science, 407 and the arts, 242 and the military, 453, 461, 466–67 Bush, Terri, 150 business, African-Americans in, 163–95 Bussey, Charles M., 459 Bustin’ Loose, 247, 252 The Busy Body, 246 But Then, She’s Betty Carter, 323 Butler, Jerry,

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