Synopses & Reviews
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.
"For a compilation of noteworthy African Americans and institutions, with material on their influence on American culture, this resource will be most valuable to libraries and to an audience ranging from scholars to general readers. Summing Up: Recommended." -
• 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.