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Well written helps me as an old white man understand many contributions made for our country by people of color. I'm definitely pleased that Abdul-Jabbar took up writing after a very successful basketball career. A great American.
I bought this book in hardcover when it first came out and since then have bought several copies to give to other people, both black and white, both young and old. Without fail, this book has impacted people, and every one of them has told me how much they learned from this wonderful book.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did a masterful job in gathering these inspiring stories from what has been, unfortunately, the footnotes of history, if they were acknowledged at all. The achievements by black Americans and their contributions to this country have been largely ignored by historians until recently. And even today, many black Americans who were not taught as young people about their heritage remain oblivious to what should be a matter of great pride.
We have taken great steps to equalize human rights, but we still have a way to go to completely obliterate the racial prejudice many of us grew up with. Books like this by people with the stature of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will help get us to where we should be--respecting people of all races, colors and creeds.
Powerful yet easy read. Though the focus was on commonly known figures, the book provided interesting tidbits and facts that I was previously unaware of. I hope that Mr. Abdul-Jabbar continues to shine a light on the amazing contributions of African Americans.
This is another topic that has been overlooked by writers to a significant extent, although there have been some good books about famous black folks. The number who have given significant or amazing contributions has been greatly left out of American history. This book helps to fill the gap.
EXCITING BLACK ACHIEVEMENTS THAT WILL CAPTURE THE EYES & HEARTS OF BABYBOOMERS TO PRE-TEENS. I HAVE PURCHASED THIS DELIGHTFUL BOOK 5 TIMES & EACH TIME THAT I LOANED IT OUT, THE READERS WERE SO OVERWHELMED WITH THE CONTENT THAT THEY REFUSED TO RETURN THE BOOK TO ME. MR. JABBAR PRESENTS EACH CHARACTER WITH A BIT OF AN ATTITUDE THAT ENCOURAGES THE READER TO NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. MR. JABBAR CLEARLY DEMONSTRATES HOW HISTORIANS DELIBERATELY DELETED AFRICAN AMERICAN ACHIEVEMENTS FROM TRADITIONAL HISTORY BOOKS & HE MAKES SURE THE READER UNDERSTANDS THE OVERWHELMING OBSTACLES THAT EACH HERO IN THIS BOOK FACED ON A DAILY BASIS. THIS BOOK SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING IN MIDDLE SCHOOLS THROUGH COLLEGE. WELL DONE KAREEM!
Exellent reading. I had no idea what an intellectual Mr. Abdul-Jabbar is. Thank you much for writing this book! It is a compilation of many historical books interspersed with Abdul-Jabbar's engaging prose. It reads with the ease of having a one-on-one conversation with him.