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African-American Century : How Black Americans Have Shaped Our Country

African-American Century : How Black Americans Have Shaped Our Country - 00 edition

African-American Century : How Black Americans Have Shaped Our Country - 00 edition

ISBN13: 9780684864150

ISBN10: 0684864150

African-American Century : How Black Americans Have Shaped Our Country by Henry Louis Gates and Cornel  Ed. West - ISBN 9780684864150
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Touchstone Books
International: No
African-American Century : How Black Americans Have Shaped Our Country by Henry Louis Gates and Cornel  Ed. West - ISBN 9780684864150

ISBN13: 9780684864150

ISBN10: 0684864150

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 00

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Without Louis Armstrong or Miles Davis, we would not have jazz. Without Toni Morrison or Ralph Ellison, we would miss some of our greatest novels. Without Dr. King or Thurgood Marshall, we would be deprived of political breakthroughs that affirm and strengthen our democracy. Here, two of the leading African-American scholars of our day, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Cornel West, show us why the twentieth century was the African-American century, as they offer their personal picks of the African-American figures who did the most to shape our world.

This colorful collection of personalities includes much-loved figures such as scientist George Washington Carver, contemporary favorites such as comedian Richard Pryor and novelist Alice Walker, and even less-well-known people such as aviator Bessie Coleman. Gates and West also recognize the achievements of controversial figures such as Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and rap artist Tupac Shakur. Lively, accessible, and illustrated throughout, The African-American Century is a celebration of black achievement and a tribute to the black struggle for freedom in America that will inspire readers for years to come.

Author Bio

Gates, Henry Louis Jr. : Harvard University

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities, chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies, and director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American research at Harvard University. Among his many books are Colored People: A Memoir and Wonders of the African World. He won an American Book Award in 1989 for The Signifying Monkey.

West, Cornel : Harvard University

Cornel West is the Alphonse Fletcher, Jr., University Professor at Harvard University. He is the author of many books, including the bestselling Race Matters. He won an American Book Award in 1993 for his multivolume work Beyond Eurocentrism and Multiculturalism.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


W. E. B. Du Bois
T. Thomas Fortune
Matthew Henson
Jack Johnson
Scott Joplin
Henry Ossawa Tanner
Madame C.J. Walker
Booker T. Washington
Ida B. Wells Barnett
Bert Williams

1910-1919 Mary McLeod Bethune
George Washington Carver
Benjamin O. Davis, Sr.
Thomas A. Dorsey
W. C. Handy
James Weldon Johnson
Kelly Roll Morton
Charles Henry Turner
Jimmy Winkfield
Carter G. Woodson

1920-1929 Louis Armstrong
Junius Austin
Josephine Baker
Bessie Coleman
Marcus Garvey
Langston Hughes
Ernest Everett just
Oscar Micheaux
Bessie Smith
Jean Toomer

Marian Anderson
Sterling A. Brown
Father Divine
Charles Hamilton Houston
Zora Neale Hurston
Robert Johnson
Joe Louis
Jesse Owens
Paul Robeson
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson

Charles R. Drew
Katherine Dunham
Duke Ellington
Billie Holiday
Lena Horne
Jacob Lawrence
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
A. Philip Randolph
Jackie Robinson
Richard Wright

Ralph Bunche
Nat "King" Cole
Miles Davis
Ralph Ellison
Althea Gibson
Lorraine Hansberry
Willie Mays
Rosa Parks
Art Tatum
Sarah Vaughan

Muhammad Ali
James Baldwin
John Coltrane
Angela Davis
Fannie Lou Hamer
Jimi Hendrix
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thurgood Marshall
Sidney Poitier
Malcolm X

Hank Aaron
Maya Angelou
Romare Bearden
James Brown
Marvin Gaye
Barbara Harris
Dorothy Height
Barbara Jordan
Leontyne Price
Richard Pryor

Alvin Ailey
Bill Cosby
John Hope Franklin
Jesse Jackson
Michael Jackson
Carl Lewis
Jessye Norman
Martin Puryear
Alice Walker
August Wilson

Louis Farrakhan
Michael Jordan
Spike Lee
Wynton Marsalis
Toni Morrison
Colin Powell
Tupac Shakur
Denzel Washington
Oprah Winfrey
Tiger Woods

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