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Black Profiles in Courage: A Legacy of African-American Achievement Hardcover – October 1, 1996

4.8 out of 5 stars 85 ratings

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To provide role models for African Americans, particularly young people, retired basketball star Abdul-Jabbar (Giant Steps) and Steinberg (Behind the Mask) have crafted here interesting and nuanced accounts of heroic African Americans whose accomplishments changed U.S. history. Among them are the lives of the 16th-century Moroccan explorer Estevanico, Revolutionary War patriot Crispus Attucks, slave liberator Harriet Tubman, anti-slavery author Frederick Douglass, Western frontier marshal Bass Reeves and a riveting description of West African rice farmer Joseph Cinque, who led a rebellion on the slave ship Amistad in 1839. Although Abdul-Jabbar is highly critical of past and present racism in the U.S., he gives credit to the abolitionist movement and leaders such as William Lloyd Garrison for their efforts toward ending slavery. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Retired basketball legend Abdul-Jabbar's stated purpose is to build self-esteem in young African Americans by acquainting them with some of the contributions people of African descent have made to America. Pointing out that widely used school history texts have omitted or diminished the achievements of people of color in our history, he profiles the historical achievements of 11 historical black figures from Estevanico de Dorantes to Rosa Parks. Although he successfully highlights what they have accomplished, his bitterness throughout at the way white historians "have kept revising history to diminish the contributions of people of color" may lessen the impact for some readers. Suitable for young adult collections and others in which the cachet of the Abdul-Jabbar name will attract readers.?Don R. Brusha, Sebring P.L., Fla.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ William Morrow; 1st edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0688130976
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0688130978
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.3 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.5 x 1.25 x 10 inches
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