Title: Black Profiles in Courage
Publisher: Morrow, 1996
Publication Date: 1996
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
hardcover, SIGNED (by Abdul-Jabbar on publisher's label pasted to fep), 1st prtg., fine in fine dj, black studies, blm50. Bookseller Inventory # 17976
Synopsis: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar examines the lives of heroic African-Americans and offers their stories as inspiring examples for people who too rarely encounter positive role models in history texts, schoolrooms, and the media. From Revolutionary War heroes like Crispus Attucks to antislavery activist Frederick Douglass, from frontiersmen like Bass Reeves to scientist Lewis Latimer and artist Duke Ellington, Black Profiles in Courage forcefully documents that African-Americans have always been an integral part of the fabric of our nation, and that they helped to weave that fabric.
Review: With all the flair of his last-second game-winning sky hooks, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar delivers a well-written and important collection highlighting the lives of America's greatest black heroes. Taking his title cue from John Kennedy's Profiles in Courage, Abdul-Jabbar brings to life the exploits of a wide variety of African Americans, including Estevanico, a Moorish slave who discovered Arizona and New Mexico; Cinque, a kidnapped African slave who led a mutiny aboard the slave ship Amistad and later won his freedom in the U.S.; and Harriet Tubman, who brought hundreds of slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad.
In a time when the media beams negative images of African Americans around the world, Black Profiles in Courage is indispensable for young adults of other races as well as African-American youth, showing that attributes like courage are not coded by color. For those young blacks who feel distant from America because of racism, books like this are a small but potent antidote against prejudice, reminding them of the important contributions African Americans have made to their country. --Eugene Holley, Jr.
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