Contemporary Black Biography

  • Series Name: Contemporary Black Biography Series
  • Volume 136
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  • ISBN-10: 141031216X
  • ISBN-13: 9781410312167
  • DDC: 920.009296
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 310 Pages | eBook
  • Previous Editions: 2017, 2017, 2016
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released February 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2017

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Overview

Each volume of Contemporary Black Biographycontains 55 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: 1410312054 | ISBN-13: 9781410312051

Table of Contents

Muhammad Ali.
Legendary boxer and humanitarian.
Baby Laurence.
Pioneer of modern jazz dance in the 1940s.
Charles Barron.
Outspoken New York City politician and activist.
Inez Barron.
Longtime New York City educator and politician.
Harold Battiste Jr.
New Orleans jazzman who nurtured the city's musical heritage.
Boris Berian.
U.S. middle-distance runner who competed at 2016 Summer Olympics.
Chu Berry.
Jazz saxophonist of the swing era.
Simone Biles.
Gold medal-winning American Olympic gymnast.
Tom Browne.
Jazz, R&B, and gospel trumpeter.
Cassandra Butts.
Former policy advisor to President Barack Obama.
Vinnette Carroll.
Trailblazing director of Broadway musicals.
Charlie Christian.
Pioneer of the amplified electric guitar.
Margaret A. Dixon.
First black president of AARP.
Malachi Favors.
Bassist who helped develop avant-garde jazz.
Roxane Gay.
Contemporary feminist author.
Yaa Gyasi.
Ghanaian-American writer who made literary debut in 2016.
Michael S. Harper.
Poet who employed jazz rhythms.
Oliver W. Harrington.
Satirist and political cartoonist.
Jim Ray Hart.
Journeyman player for the Giants, Yankees in the 1960s and 1970s.
Paula Hicks-Hudson.
Mayor of Toledo, Ohio.
The Highway QC's.
Gospel group of the 1940s that featured Lou Rawls, Sam Cooke.
Christopher Jackson.
Broadway actor who appeared in hit musical "Hamilton."
Joseph Jarman.
Avant-garde jazz saxophonist.
Richard Jefferson.
NBA veteran who played on Cleveland Cavaliers championship team in 2016.
Blind Willie Johnson.
Gospel-blues singer and guitarist
Leslie Jones.
Brash comedian who starred in "Ghostbusters" reboot
Lois Mailou Jones.
Painter whose work spanned diverse styles.
Howard N. Lee.
North Carolina politician who served in city, state government.
Tyronn Lue.
Coach who led Cleveland Cavaliers to NBA championship in 2016.
Shawn Marion.
All-Star forward who played 16 seasons in the NBA.
Oseola McCarty.
Mississippi woman who gave her life savings for college scholarships.
Famoudou Don Moye.
Jazz percussionist and expert in African drumming.
Julius Nyerere.
Tanzaniaas first president and revered African leader.
Anne-Marie Nzie.
African singer known as the "Golden Voice of Cameroon"
Leslie Odom Jr.
Actor who played Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical "Hamilton."
McKinley L. Price.
Dentist and mayor of Newport News, Virginia.
Prince Be.
One-half of the hip-hop duo P.M. Dawn.
Wallace Roney.
Jazz trumpeter often compared to Miles Davis.
Sean Rooks.
NBA player and coach who died suddenly in 2016.
Andre Royo.
Actor best known for his role on HBO's "The Wire."
Marcus Scribner.
Teen actor who stars on hit ABC series "black-ish."
Eddie Shaw.
Chicago blues saxophonist.
Moneta Sleet Jr.
Photographer who captured Pulitzer Prize-winning image in 1968
Kimbo Slice.
Mixed martial arts fighter who died at 42.
Lee Smith.
Versatile jazz bassist.
S.O.S. Band.
Popular R&B group of the 1980s.
Thundercat.
Eclectic bassist, singer, and producer.
Bobby Timmons.
Jazz pianist who contributed to the development of "soul jazz."
Karl-Anthony Towns.
Minnesota Timberwolves center named 2016 NBA Rookie of the Year.
Sylvester Turner.
Longtime Texas legislator elected mayor of Houston in 2015.
Jessie T. Usher.
Young actor who starred in "Independence Day: Resurgence."
Lovely Warren.
First black woman elected mayor of Rochester, New York.
Ben Webster.
Jazz master of the tenor saxophone.
Robert F. Williams.
Civil rights activist who advocated armed self-defense.
Malik Yusef.
Spoken word poet who has collaborated with Kanye West.