African American Almanac: 400 Years of Triumph, Courage and Excellence

African American Almanac: 400 Years of Triumph, Courage and Excellence

Language: English

Pages: 560

ISBN: 1578593239

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The 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 500 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.













numerous motion pictures in the 1920s and 1930s, including In Old Kentucky (1927), Salute (1929), Hearts in Dixie (1929), Show Boat (1929), Swing High (1930), Stand Up and Cheer (1934), David Harum (1934), One More Spring (1936), and Zenobia (1939). Fetchit earned a great deal of income from these films and he spent it wildly. His extravagant lifestyle ended when he filed for bankruptcy in the 1930s. Fetchit made sporadic appearances in films later in his life, among them Miracle in Harlem

Despite the moderate success of his records during the disco craze of the 1970s, Robinson continued to perform and record. In 1979 Robinson experienced a comeback with the critically acclaimed hit “Cruisin.” Three years later, Robinson appeared on the NBC-TV special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. Between 1986 and 1991 Robinson released five more albums, including Smoke Signals, One Heartbeat, and Love, Smokey. Robinson signed with a British company, Music by Design, in 1995 and

Michigan, when he was nine, but two years later the family continued on to Oakland, California. There, at McClyronds High School, Russell proved to be an awkward but determined basketball player who eventually received a scholarship to the nearby University of San Francisco. In college Russell came into his own, becoming the most publicized athlete on the West Coast during his sophomore year. Over the next two years his fame spread across the nation as he led his team to sixty consecutive

from Maryland whose ministry began in 1796, spoke for many female preachers when she was accused of preaching without a license: “If the Lord has ordained me, I need nothing better.” Rebecca Cox Jackson left the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the 1830s because she felt that men denied her the chance to exercise her ministry, and she eventually became head eldress of a predominantly black Shaker community in Philadelphia. During the postbellum years, some black women sought and obtained

disc jockey, and radio program director, was appointed in 1990 as pastor of the Payne Memorial AME Church, a “old-line” church in Baltimore. Her innovative ministry, she says, is designed to “provide a message of hope for a hurting community.” There are presently more than six hundred female pastors in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Preaching the gospel in a faithful but relevant fashion remained the most important objective of black churches. Several different groups in the past

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