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

By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Author) & Alan Steinberg (Author)
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Recounts inspirational stories of influential African Americans, including Crispus Attucks, Frederick Douglass, and Rosa Parks.

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In this ideal introduction to black history, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar examines the lives of heroic African Americans and offers their stories as inspiring examples for young people, who too rarely encounter positive black role models in history books or in the media.

Profiled here are Peter Salem, the volunteer soldier who turned the tide at Bunker Hill; Joseph Cinque, leader of a daring revolt on the slave ship Amistad; Frederick Douglass, self-taught writer-orator and escaped slave who forced President Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation years ahead of schedule; Harriet Tubman, who led at least three hundred slaves to freedom; Lewis Latimer, whose scientific work was integral to the achievements of Bell and Edison; and many more.

Shining a bright light on the touchstones of character, these exemplary stories reemphasize the integral role of African Americans in weaving the fabric of our nation and form an empowering legacy from which Americans of all ages can draw inspiration, wisdom, and pride.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Harper Paperbacks
Pages   261
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.32" Width: 5.02" Height: 0.75"
Weight:   0.57 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 3, 2000
Publisher   Harper Paperbacks
ISBN  0380813416  
ISBN13  9780380813414  
UPC  099455013000  

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More About Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Alan Steinberg

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a huge Holmesian--7'2" tall, basketball's all-time leading scorer, and a U.S. cultural ambassador. He's written extensively, including What Color is My World (children's), Brothers in Arms (military history), and On the Shoulders of Giants (black history).

Anna Waterhouse is a professional screenwriter and script consultant.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar currently resides in Los Angeles. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born in 1947.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Ethnic & National > African-American & Black
2Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Ethnic & National > General
3Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > General
4Books > Subjects > History > Americas > United States > General
5Books > Subjects > History > Americas > United States
6Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > United States > African American > Gates, Henry Louis
7Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Special Groups > African American Studies

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Should be required reading for all young people   May 30, 2007
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.
Facinating Reading  Oct 10, 2005
I found this book to be very informative and very well writen! I particularly enjoyed learning true historical facts that have long been misrepresented, or clouded with partial information. I highly recommend this book to any reader who enjoys history and is interested in learning truth.
Excellence  Aug 1, 2005
What's more remarkable than the informative nature of this text is how it came to be...
An African American sport icon who gained success through one of the primary avenues African Americans have to reach affluence (sports and entertainment) just to use it as an avenue to actually uplift the intellectual level of his community. Well done!
I can't tell you how many tears it brings to my eyes to see a brother who achieve greatness through the stereotypical avenue of sports and actually use his greatness to do the truly great...uplift his people. Though there have been lists and books previous to his on the same subject, it has rarely been done by a person with such influence among youth, and for that I credit him unlike other past atheletes who simply use their stardom to sell grills, orange juice, or try and become rappers.

Peace to the God
Alan needs to spend more time mastering the art of helmsman  May 12, 2002
I don't know about the book, but the author brings an entire new meaning to the term, "head up".

Call me Ishmal......

Inspiring and Informative  May 23, 2000
Simply put, I love this book. I like the fact that it summarizes the lives of so many African Americans including the famous and the still unknown. I highly recommend this book to any reader seeking information about the lives and consequent impact of some of our heroes.

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