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Icons of Black America [3 Volumes]: Breaking Barriers and Crossing Boundaries (Greenwood Icons)by Matthew C. Whitaker.
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The three-volume Icons of Black America: Breaking Barriers and Crossing BoundarieS≪/i> is an exhaustive treatment of 100 African American people, groups, and organizations, viewed from a variety of perspectives. The alphabetically arranged entries illuminate the history of highly successful and influential individuals who have transcended mere celebrity to become representatives of their time. It offers analysis and perspective on some of the most influential black people, organizations, and institutions in American history, from the late 19th century to the present.
Each chapter is a detailed exploration of the life and legacy of an individual icon. Through these portraits, readers will discover how these icons have shaped, and been shaped by, the dynamism of American culture, as well as the extent to which modern mass media and popular culture have contributed to the rise, and sometimes fall, of these powerful symbols of individual and group excellence.
Book News Annotation:
In this three-volume set, Whitaker (historical, philosophical, and religious studies, Arizona State U.) collects profiles of 100 successful and influential African American people, groups, and organizations. Ranging from the late nineteenth century to the present and in alphabetical order, entries present the life and legacy of the icons and how they have shaped and been shaped by American culture. They include Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, the Apollo Theater, Louis Armstrong, Arthur Ashe, Halle Berry, Bill Cosby, George Washington Carver, Angela Davis, Frederick Douglass, Louis Farrakhan, the Harlem Globetrotters, Zora Neale Hurston, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Spike Lee, Hattie McDaniel, Motown Records, Barack Obama, Rosa Parks, Richard Pryor, Spelman College, Nat Turner, and Oprah Winfrey. An index is provided in the third volume only. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
• Provides a one-stop-shop for anyone interested in learning about African America's best and brightest
• Covers athletics, music, dance, politics, business, literature, film, comedy, and the arts
• Examines men and women, institutions, religion, philosophy, and sexuality
• Deploys a variety of disciplinary approaches, including history, sociology, political science, and justice studies
• 100 alphabetically arranged profiles, each accompanied by a photograph
This stunning collection of essays illuminates the lives and legacies of the most famous and powerful individuals, groups, and institutions in African American history.
Muhammad Ali, Jay-Z, Toni Morrison, Barack Obama, Rosa Parks, Lena Horne. Each has become an icon recognized as outstanding in his or her chosen field. There are many more like themboth people and institutionsthat have made their mark on American culture. These are their stories.
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