African American Lives

December 4, 2020
African American Lives

African American Lives offers up-to-date, authoritativebiographies of some 600 noteworthy African Americans. These1,000-3,000 word biographies, selected from over five thousandentries in the forthcoming eight-volume African American NationalBiography, illuminate African-American history through theimmediacy of individual experience. From Esteban, the earliestknown African to set foot in North America in 1528, right up to thecontinuing careers of Venus and Serena Williams, these stories ofthe renowned and the near forgotten give us a new view of Americanhistory. Our past is revealed from personal perspectives that inturn inspire, move, entertain, and even infuriate the reader.Subjects include slaves and abolitionists, writers, politicians,and business people, musicians and dancers, artists and athletes,victims of injustice and the lawyers, journalists, and civil rightsleaders who gave them a voice. Their experiences andaccomplishments combine to expose the complexity of race as anoverriding issue in America's past and present.African American Lives features frequentcross-references among related entries, over 300 illustrations, anda general index, supplemented by indexes organized by chronology,occupation or area of renown, and winners of particular honors suchas the Spingarn Medal, Nobel Prize, and Pulitzer Prize.