Contemporary Black Biography

  • Series Name: Contemporary Black Biography Series
  • Volume 137
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  • ISBN-10: 1410312178
  • ISBN-13: 9781410312174
  • DDC: 920.009296
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 295 Pages | eBook
  • Previous Editions: 2017, 2017, 2017
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released March 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2017

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Overview

Each volume of Contemporary Black Biographycontains 50 full-length biographies written in an easy-to-follow prose style, ranging from 2 to 4 pages each. Arranged alphabetically, entries are divided by subheads for quick scanning. Sections cover: Portrait (as available), Date and place of birth, Educational background, Address, Career data, Memberships, Awards received, Detailed prose essay, and Complete source citations.

Contemporary Black Biographyis not limited to coverage of only notable black Americans, nor is it restricted by a manufactured definition of "contemporary." Its multinational coverage spans this century and includes rising personalities as well as groundbreakers and newsmakers in a variety of fields.

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Contemporary Black Biography Series

Each volume of Contemporary Black Biography contains at least 50 full-length biographies written in an easy-to-follow prose style, ranging from 2 to 4 pages each. Arranged alphabetically, entries are divided by subheads for quick scanning. Contemporary Black Biography is not limited to coverage of only notable black Americans, nor is it restricted by a manufactured definition of "contemporary." Its multinational coverage spans this century and includes rising personalities as well as groundbreakers and newsmakers in a variety of fields. Contemporary Black Biography includes four cumulative indexes. Nationality: While concentrating on U.S. figures, this title also covers important personalities from other countries. Find them listed by nationality here. Occupation: Editors focus on biographies not typically found in other sources — an eclectic blend of well-known and well-respected educators, physicians, politicians, activists, writers, clergy, military leaders, attorneys, as well as members of the more glamorous occupations such as athletes, fashion models and actors. Subjects: Events, places and organizations are cross-referenced to each entry. Use this index to identify key black individuals associated with such topics as the NAACP, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Motown Records, Medicine, the Olympics and hundreds of others. Name: As the only series devoted exclusively to black biography, Contemporary Black Biography's name index is the first place to look when you need information on contemporary black figures.

Features and Benefits

  • Sketches typically include personal information, contact information, career history, writings, biographical and critical sources, and an informative essay that traces the entrant’s personal and professional life.
  • Many entries include a photo of the subject.
  • Also includes four cumulative indexes: Nationality, Occupation, Subject, and Name.

What's New

  • All entries in this volume are new or fully revised and updated (See Table of Contents for listing.)

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 1410312062 | ISBN-13: 9781410312068

Table of Contents

Ruby Amanfu.
Up-and-coming singer and songwriter.
Obba Babatunde.
Versatile actor, dancer, and choreographer.
William J. Barber II.
North Carolina preacher who organized voting rights demonstrations.
Kizza Besigye.
Longtime political opposition leader in Uganda.
Jahvid Best.
NFL player whose career was ended by concussions.
Robert Blackburn.
Lithographer who established influential printmaking workshop.
Donna Brazile.
Longtime Democratic Party adviser.
Corrine Brown.
Embattled Florida congresswoman unseated in 2016.
David O. Brown.
Former police chief of Dallas, Texas.
Bobby Byrd.
Right-hand man to James Brown during the 1960s and 1970s.
Boozoo Chavis.
Pioneer of Louisiana's zydeco music.
Cyrus Chestnut.
Accomplished jazz pianist.
Johnny Coles.
Respected jazz and R&B trumpeter.
Victor Ehikhamenor.
Nigerian artist and author.
Len Elmore.
Former NBA journeyman turned attorney and broadcaster.
Ibrahim Ferrer.
Grammy-winning Cuban singer and songwriter.
Ruthie Foster.
Powerful blues singer and guitarist.
Dennis Green.
Pioneering football coach and broadcaster.
Donald Harrison Jr.
Jazz musician who worked to preserve New Orleans's musical heritage.
Kendra Harrison.
Track and field athlete who set world record in the hurdles.
Carla D. Hayden.
14th Librarian of Congress appointed in 2016.
Jason Heyward.
Gold Glove outfielder for the Chicago Cubs.
Billy Higgins.
Drummer known as a " titan" of jazz.
Martha High.
R&B singer who backed James Brown.
Z. Z. Hill.
Texas singer who bridged R&B and blues
Brittany Howard.
Powerhouse lead singer for Alabama Shakes.
Willis Jackson.
Jazz and R&B saxophonist.
Jodeci.
"Bad boys" of R&B in the early 1990s.
Albert Jose Jones.
Scuba diver who explored wrecked slave ships.
Patrick Manning.
Former prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago.
Inika McPherson.
Olympic high jumper.
Holly J. Mitchell.
California state legislator who advanced a progressive agenda.
Eugene Monroe.
Former NFL player who advocated for medical marijuana.
Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine.
Ugandan actor, playwright, and director.
Louis H. Narcisse.
Charismatic preacher and gospel singer.
Fayard and Harold Nicholas.
Dapper dancing brothers who appeared on stage and screen.
Alfred Nzo.
South African activist who helped lead the transition to democracy.
Oklahoma City Blue Devils.
Popular "territory band" of the Jazz Age
Harry Pace.
Founder of first black-owned record label.
Margaret and Matilda Peters.
Tennis-playing sisters who won 14 doubles championships.
Touré Roberts.
Pastor and founder of influential Los Angeles church.
Charles L. Salle Jr.
Influential artist and interior designer.
Schoolly D.
Philadelphia rapper who pioneered gangsta rap.
Christian Scott.
Innovative jazz trumpeter.
William Gardner Smith.
Novelist and journalist who wrote about race relations.
The Spinners.
R&B group of the 1970s that helped define "Philly soul."
Sonny Stitt.
Influential jazz saxophonist.
Nate Thurmond.
Hall of Fame NBA center.
Jessica Williams.
Actress and comedian who appeared on "The Daily Show."
Bernie Worrell.
Longtime keyboardist for Parliament-Funkadelic.