African-American Success Stories

The last half of the twentieth century saw an amazing record of black accomplishments. These books chronicle the stories of people rising from poverty to success against a backdrop of segregation and discrimination. From Ben Carson, the gifted surgeon from the inner city, to the wisdom of the Delaney sisters, there are two dozen tales here that inspire and celebrate the human spirit.

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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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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Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years

By Sarah and A. Elizabeth Delany

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"Warm, feisty, and intelligent, the Delany sisters speak their mind in a book that is at once a vital historical record and a moving portrait of two remarkable women who continued to love, laugh, and embrace life after over 100 years of living side by side. Their sharp memories show readers the post-Reconstruction South and Booker T. Washington; Harlem's Golden Age and Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, and Paul Robeson. Bessie breaks barriers to become a dentist; Sadie quietly integrates the New York City system as a school teacher."

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