Freedom facts and firsts : 400 years of the African American civil rights experience /

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Author / Creator:Smith, Jessie Carney, 1930-
Imprint:Canton, MI : Visible Ink Press, 2009.
Description:xvii, 390 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Language:English
Subject:African Americans -- Civil rights -- History.
Civil rights workers -- United States -- Biography.
African American civil rights workers -- Biography.
African Americans -- Biography.
African American civil rights workers.
African Americans.
African Americans -- Civil rights.
Civil rights workers.
Race relations.
United States -- Race relations -- History.
United States.
Biography.
History.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/7543538
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Other authors / contributors:Wynn, Linda T.
ISBN:9781578591923 (pbk.)
1578591929 (pbk.)
9781578592432 (ebook)
1578592437 (ebook)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. 349-368) and index.
Review by Library Journal Review

Fisk University professors Smith and Wynn cover arts and entertainment, education, journalism, religion, and more in a guide that highlights pivotal events in black history. Among those profiled are community organizer Ella Baker, Dr. Martin Luther King, activist Rosa Parks, and artist Romare Bearden, all instrumental in making a difference. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Adult/High School-An important addition to Black History Month booklists. From the early abolitionists to the presidential nomination of Barack Obama, the authors have gathered easy-to-read articles on the essential people, places, and events of the black struggle for freedom. Along with mainstay entries for Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Jesse Owens, the book includes many lesser-known names: abolitionist Mifflin Gibbs, documentary filmmaker Joanne Grant, and desegregation lawyer Louis L. Redding. While most entries are devoted to people, many events, organizations, or movements appear, including Tent City (1960-1962), the NAACP, and the Underground Railroad. Most are concise enough to serve as ready-reference sources and complete enough to inspire, and point to, further investigation. Because the book is arranged in thematic chapters, and then alphabetically within them, readers will have difficulty finding specific entries without using the index. The quality of the writing and research is generally good, but there are some shortcomings. The article on Muhammad Ali is less than half the length of the one for Wallace E. Perry, the first African American to participate in varsity sports at Vanderbilt. Also, the entries for Malcolm X and for John Carlos and Tommie Smith seem less than adequate, but lesser-known figures get more attention here than most general sources provide.-Robert Saunderson, formerly at Berkeley Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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