By Lean'tin Bracks
The main whole and reasonable single-volume reference of African American tradition on hand at the present time, this almanac is a distinct and helpful source dedicated to illustrating and demystifying the relocating, tricky, and infrequently misplaced heritage of black lifestyles in the US. A legacy of satisfaction, fight, and triumph spanning greater than four hundred years is gifted via a desirable mixture of biographies—including greater than 750 influential figures—little-known or misunderstood ancient evidence, enlightening essays on major laws and hobbies, and 445 infrequent pictures and illustrations. overlaying occasions surrounding the civil rights stream; African American literature, paintings, and tune; faith in the black group; and advances in technology and drugs, this reference connects background to the problems presently dealing with the African American group and offers quite a number details on society and tradition.
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African American Almanac: 400 Years of Triumph, Courage and Excellence by Lean'tin Bracks