African-American Success Stories

A Hard Road to Glory: A History of the African-American Athlete

By Arthur R. Ashe, Jr.; with the assistance of Kip Branch, Ocania Chalk, and Francis Harris

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This is an authoritative treatment of the history of African American athletes in the US, presented within the context of American social and cultural life. It's also the enduring legacy of the late tennis star, Arthur Ashe.

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And Still We Rise: Interviews with 50 Black Role Models

By Barbara A Reynolds

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This book contains 50 conversations with successful African Americans who can serve as role models for everyone. Some of the role models include Coretta Scott King, Marva Collins, Maya Angelou, Ray Charles, Shirley Chisholm, Wilma Rudolph, Coleman Young.

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Angels Along the Way: My Life with Help from Above

By Della Reese with Franklin Lett and Mim Eichler

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"The inspiring autobiography of the beloved singer, actor, and star of the hit television series Touched by an Angel....the story of a remarkable woman whose life has been filled with surprises. Born in the Detroit slums, Deloreese Patricia Early landed her first professional tour at thirteen, singing backup for Mahalia Jackson. By 1953 she was in New York with a recording contract, racking up hits including "In the Still of the Night" and "Don't You Know." The first woman to host The Tonight Show, Della also became the first black woman to host her own nationally syndicated television talk show. Through it all, Della has dealt with personal tragedy, such as the early death of her mother, which caused her to leave college in order to take care of her father. One night, while performing on The Tonight Show, Della suffered a potentially fatal aneurysm. When her doctor told her she had just days to live, she found a new surgeon, who trusted in the Almighty as she did. In 1983, Della's 'partner' above inspired her to become a minister. She has served ever since as the chief leader of a ministry she founded in a Los Angeles community, preaching to a standing-room-only crowd every Sunday. Here is the powerful story of a woman who is quick to credit the many miracles in her life to human 'angels,' as well as her 'partner' above."

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Beyond Category: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington

By John Edward Hasse

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No one led a band like Duke Ellington, no one led a life like Duke Ellington, and no one wrote music like Duke Ellington. One of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, Ellington was acclaimed in his lifetime as a bandleader, but this biography explores his skill as a composer and musical "problem-solver." The author also guides the reader through the bewildering array of Ellington recordings, selecting and commenting on the most essential ones from each period of Ellington's career.

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Black Genius and the American Experience

By Dick Russell

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Offering inspiring and surprising results, and interweaving past and present, this book explores the roots of black achievement in America. It includes portraits of people such as Wynton Marsalis, Ralph Ellison, Paul Robeson, and Muhammad Ali.

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Black Profiles in Courage: A Legacy of African-American Achievement

By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Alan Steinberg

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Estevanico: Black Presence in the Americas -- The First Rhode Island; Peter Salem; Salem Poor; James Armistead Lafayette; Crispus Attucks -- Joseph Cinque: Black Revolt -- Frederick Douglass: Freedom on the World Stage -- Harriet Tubman: Freedom in the Shadows -- Bass Reeves: Black Individualism in the West -- Blacks in the Military -- Lewis H. Latimer: Black Intellectual Achievement -- Rosa Parks: Black Heart.

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Chappie: America's First Black Four-Star General: The Life and Times of Daniel James, Jr.

By J. Alfred Phelps

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Read about James' inspiring life, from his days as a pioneering Tuskegee airman to the stratosphere of command of NORAD.

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Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics

By Donna Brazile

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Brazile was the first African-American to head a major political campaign. In this interesting, funny, and sometimes moving book, she traces her journey, which began in a working-poor family in New Orleans.

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Dancing Spirit: An Autobiography

By Judith Jamison

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The first black superstar of American dance shares her story. Read about her passion and will and her views about black history, about spirituality, about womanhood, about holding a vision, about carrying on.

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Dream Makers, Dream Breakers: The World of Justice Thurgood Marshall

By Carl T. Rowan

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"According to Carl Rowan, writing this impassioned biography of Justice Thurgood Marshall was 'tantamount to trying to write the social, legal, economic, political, and moral history of this nation over most of the twentieth century.' Crucial events in American history, such as the black migration out of the postbellum South, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, the Great Depression, and the African-American revolution of the 1960s are magnificently portrayed within the context of Justice Marshall's unrelenting mission to fulfill the promise of equal justice for every American."

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