Contemporary Black Biography

  • Series Name: Contemporary Black Biography Series
  • Volume 129
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  • ISBN-10: 1410312097
  • ISBN-13: 9781410312099
  • DDC: 920.009296
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 326 Pages | eBook
  • Previous Editions: 2016, 2016, 2015
  • Original Copyright 2016 | Published/Released January 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2016

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Each volume of Contemporary Black Biography contains at least 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. 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.

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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

  • Entries are divided by subheads for quick scanning.
  • Includes four cumulative indexes: Nationality, Occupation, Subjects and Name.

What's New

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

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 1410311988 | ISBN-13: 9781410311986

Table of Contents

Red Allen.
Renowned jazz trumpeter.
Allen Allensworth.
Pioneering Baptist minister and U.S. Army chaplain.
Marcus Belgrave.
Versatile jazz trumpeter.
Shawn Blanchard.
Math teacher who mentors urban youth.
Muriel Bowser.
Pragmatic mayor of Washington, DC.
Solomon Burke.
Influential singer known as the "King of Rock and Soul."
Dick Campbell.
Performer who influenced the development of black theater.
The Chiffons.
Girl group that had hits with "He's So Fine" and "One Fine Day."
Ornette Coleman.
Great innovator in modern jazz.
Arthur Conley.
Singer of "Sweet Soul Music."
Jerome Cooper.
Multi-instrumentalist who played avant-garde free jazz.
Mario Cooper.
Political strategist who became an AIDS activist.
Felix Dexter.
Acclaimed British comic and actor.
Toumani Diabate.
Malian kora virtuoso
Mercer Ellington.
Bandleader and composer who lived in the shadow of his famous father.
Thomas Sayers Ellis.
Poet who sought an outlet for African-American artists.
Fugees.
Award-winning but short-lived hip-hop trio.
Tyree Glenn.
Trombonist for Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, and Louis Armstrong.
George Haley.
Public servant and diplomat whose career spanned presidential administrations.
Thurston Harris.
R&B singer of the 1950s known for "Little Bitty Pretty One."
Dulé Hill.
Actor and dancer who appeared on The West Wing, Psych.
Johnny Hodges.
Jazz saxophonist who played with Duke Ellington.
J. B. Hutto.
High-energy blues guitarist.
James Monroe Iglehart.
Broadway actor who played the Genie in Aladdin.
Andre Iguodala.
Most valuable player of the 2015 NBA Finals.
Allen Iverson.
NBA All-Star and prolific scorer.
Mae C. Jemison.
Physician who was the first black woman in space.
Albert Johanneson.
English star soccer of the 1960s who was defeated by racism.
Alaya Dawn Johnson.
Evocative science fiction writer.
Henry Johnson.
World War I soldier posthumously awarded Medal of Honor.
B. B. King.
Legendary blues musician.
Evelyn King.
Enduring R&B singer.
Roscoe Orman.
Actor known as Gordon on Sesame Street.
Clifford Owens.
Performance artist who mixes media, involves audience in art.
Ismael R. Ozanne.
First African-American district attorney in Wisconsin.
Evans Paul.
Veteran politician who became prime minister of Haiti in 2015.
The Pilgrim Travelers.
Prolific gospel music group.
Yank Rachell.
Blues string virtuoso.
Carlton W. Reeves.
First black judge appointed to the federal bench in Mississippi.
L.A. Reid.
Powerful music producer and hitmaker.
Shamir.
Singer who bends genre and gender.
Paul Silas.
Player and coach with long NBA career.
Michael Smith.
ESPN sportswriter and commentator.
Amii Stewart.
Singer who had a disco hit with "Knock on Wood."
Myrna Summers.
Gospel singer and choir director.
Stanley Turrentine.
Versatile jazz saxophonist.
David Walker.
Abolitionist who penned incendiary critique of slavery.
George Walker.
Comedian who became a vaudeville star.
John Wall.
All-Star point guard for the Washington Wizards.
Joel Ward.
Veteran NHL right winger.
Serena Williams.
Number-one-ranked female tennis player in the world.
Ajee' Wilson.
American middle-distance runner.
Tony Yarber.
Youngest elected mayor of Jackson, Mississippi.
Rosa J. Young.
Lutheran educator and missionary.
Zora Young.
Eclectic blues singer.