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Profiles In Black: Phat Facts For Teens [Paperback]

By Marvin A. McMickle (Author), Jean Alicia Elster (Editor) & Efrem Smith (Foreword by)
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Highlights the names and events that have forged the Christian African American experience in the twenty-first century--from the first African slaves to the who's who of African American pop culture.

Publishers Description
t's been said that those who don't learn from history are destined to repeat it. It is that conviction that makes this youthful Christian history of black America a vital resource for educators, parents, and students alike. From the first African slaves to the first black professional athletes, from the revival at Azusa Street to the civil rights movement, from the who's who of historically black denominational leaders to the who's who of popular African American culture, this chronological survey highlights with rich illustrations, famous quotes, and "Phat Facts" the names and events that forged African American experience in the twenty-first century.

Awards and Recognitions
Profiles In Black: Phat Facts For Teens by Marvin A. McMickle, Jean Alicia Elster & Efrem Smith has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Moonbeam Children's Book Award - 2009 Bronze Medal Winner - Multicultural Nonfiction category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Profiles In Black: Phat Facts For Teens by Marvin A. McMickle, Jean Alicia Elster & Efrem Smith has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • CBA Retailers - 11/01/2008 page 69

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Judson Press
Pages   131
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 10, 2008
Publisher   Judson Press
Age  13-17
ISBN  0817015086  
ISBN13  9780817015084  

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More About Marvin A. McMickle, Jean Alicia Elster & Efrem Smith

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Marvin A. McMickle is pastor of Antioch Baptist Church (National Baptist Convension) in Cleveland, Ohio, and a past president of both the Cleveland NAACP and the Greater Cleveland Urban League. He is also professor of homiletics at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland.Ohio.

Marvin A. McMickle currently resides in Cleveland, in the state of Ohio.

Marvin A. McMickle has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Elements of Preaching
  2. Living Church
  3. Star Books

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > United States > African American > General

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Books > General Interest > Ethnic & Cultural > African American

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A fine acquisition for any library catering to teenaged readers  Mar 16, 2009
Black Americans have been a vital part of American history since the country's inception. "Profiles in Black: Phat Fact for Teens" is a look at black history, aimed at teenagers. Famous names in many walks of life, ranging from military to education to government to even great entertainers and athletes, McMickle covers a wide range of great Black Americans, sure to educate and inspire readers. "Profiles in Black" is a fine acquisition for any library catering to teenaged readers and wants to foster appreciation of these great individuals.
AAMBC Book Reviews  Feb 26, 2009
In Profiles in Black: Phat Facts for Teens, have unique themed sections for a Black History book. These themes are: definitions; 411 that highlights on black leaders; facts; fast forwards on an epoch in history, where we have progressed; and landmarks in history. It has detailed, informative, and remarkable stories on past and present African American people. There are also photos, laws written on black's behalf, periods of history (e.g. Civil War, Revolution, Renaissance, Emancipation, etc), musicians, military leaders like Buffalo Soldiers and Tuskegee Airmen, athletes, judges, and other profound degrees, writers and poets, theatre and political leaders.
The most powerful message while reading Profiles in Black: Phat Facts for Teens, came from "The Souls of Black Folk" by W.E.B. DuBois. Another one is from Lott Carey that mirrored the language of Martin Luther King Jr., more than a 100 years later, "to go to a country where I shall be estimated by my merits [skills, talents, work ethics, etc:], not by my complexion." Moreover, we learn about inventors, financial institutions, church ministries, and entrepreneurs, who were the first to create, establish, or founded by Black Americans.
Today, our youth has lost sight on Black History. Some are not taught in our public schools either. Since we have one month, February, for black history and pageants, this book is a resourceful tool to write their research papers and learn more on black heritage. Just like that old saying, "we have to learn our past in order to move forward." Also, if we know our history, we do not have to reciprocate (repeat itself). For example, while I was working for the Obama Campaign, some of the youth who just turned 18 years old, did not understand the value of voting. How leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights leaders fought for change and the rights to vote?
Our children do not know the importance of our rights, and struggles for the next generation to be better off. We forgot during slavery, we were considered as 3/5 of a person according to the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 2. Read Article IV, Section 2, where there was no escape from slavery even if you sought freedom elsewhere (away from a slave's state). You will be astounded what you will find out, what you did not know, and other interesting facts. Our teens can relate to and graviate to gospel artists like Kirk Franklin (who desired to reach our youth through his evolutional gospel music sound), urban poetry and spoken word captivated us, and Hip Hop era and Hip Hop culture (such as break-dancers, taggers (those who were writers with a message through their graphic canvas), MCs and B-Boys), where today we have our 50-cent, Lil' Wayne and so forth. Not just teens can read this book, all of us can learn more about Black History.

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