A wealth of milestones, inspiration, and challenges metThe 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 more than 750 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.
Reviews"Through historical overviews and hundreds of biographies, Bracks thoughtfully illuminates 'a legacy of pride, struggle, and triumph' that is part of the black experience in the US." —Choice (June 2012)
"Thoughtfully addresses the challenges and triumphs of Black Americans during the past 400 years." —Christian Science Monitor
"*Starred Review* This is an affordable, concise, and overall first-rate resource for high-school, public, and academic libraries." —Booklist (February 1, 2012)
"Celebrating centuries of achievements, the African American [Almanac] provides insights on the influence, inspiration, and impact of African Americans on U.S. society and culture." —Denver Urban Spectrum (December 1, 2011)
"[An] excellent overview of African American contributions to the United States." —Library Journal (February 2012)
"A one of a kind fantastic book of reference. . . . It renders a profound look at history by way of the African American experience." —Birmingham Times (December 2011)
"This excellent reference work on the contributions of African-Americans to the history and culture of the United States provides accessible reference and biographical information on a wide range of important events and people." —Book News (April 2012)
"This almanac highlights the considerable contributions African Americans have made to the fabric of U.S. society and culture. Perhaps most inspiring about this collection is that it also features the lives of lesser known leaders, artists, and political figures who may have been forgotten if it were not for their inclusion." —The Children's Book Review (February 2012)
Author BiographyLean’tin Bracks, is chair of the department of arts and languages at Fisk University and has published numerous biographies, critical reviews, and scholarly perspectives, including, African American National Biography, The Black Scholar, Contemporary African-American Novelists, Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture, and Notable African American Men. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Jessie Carney Smith is a William and Camille Cosby Professor at Fisk University and has published more than 20 books. Her works include, Black Firsts, Black Genealogy, Black Heroes, Encyclopedia of African American Business, Epic Lives, Freedom Facts, Notable Black American Men, Notable Black American Women, and Powerful Black Women, She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.