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I dream a world : portraits of black women who changed America.
Lanker, Brian.
Personal Author:
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Stewart, Tabori & Chang ; London : Hi Marketing, 1999.

Physical Description:
172 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Originally published: s.l.: s.n, 1989.
Reading Level:
940 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC High School 6.4 16 Quiz: 16698 Guided reading level: NR.
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E185.86 .L355 1989C Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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A revised and updated edition of this collection of 75 portraits of African-American women, originally published in 1989. It charts their achievements and their continued impact on the world. Foreword by Maya Angelou.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Photographs and text illustrate the strength of black women who have prevailed in the face of adversity and prejudice.

Publisher's Weekly Review

This companion volume to an exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., documents the aspirations and achievements of 75 black women--from ``unsung heroine'' Priscilla L. Williams (``I had fourteen children. Seven of them was my sister's'' sic) to former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm--in the arts, politics, business, academia, athletics and other fields. Photographs by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lanker are often striking, quietly revealing pride of character, whether borne with predatorial glamour (Leontyne Price) or guileless pleasure (Gwendolyn Brooks). His verbal portraits, spoken in the words of his subjects, are largely a disappointment, however--brief, surprisingly full of platitudes and lacking in personal signature, they tell a dramatic story of struggle and success in a flatly generic voice. But notable exceptions, such as law professor Eleanor Holmes Norton, comment on their lives with uncompromising intelligence (``Black people get their moral authority in this country not simply because they have suffered, but because they understand the suffering of other people''). (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

A double-paged format of photograph, brief biographical information, and first-person accounts of women from all walks of life. The 75 photographs (and interviews) by Lanker were exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The book can function as art, history, literature, or social commentary. Though Barbara Jordon, Alice Walker, and Priscilla Williams inspired this white man's project, many other women provide the names he needed to produce the final 75. Amazingly beautiful and moving (to laughter or to tears), this book cannot be treated adequately on paper; go quickly and purchase copies for your library and yourself.-- Rebecca Sturm Kelm, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.