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Title:
Songs of wisdom : quotations from famous African Americans of the twentieth century
Author:
David, Jay, 1929-2014.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : W. Morrow, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
ix, 176 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780688164973
Format :
Book

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A spirit-strengthening treasure of quotations from African Americans of this century.

In the life-celebrating tradition of Black Pearls and Acts of Faith comes Songs of Wisdom. Divided into chapters, Childhood and Youth, Identity, Race Relations, Civil Rights, Education, Religion, The Military, Politics, Sports, Skills, The Arts, Entertainment, and Opinions and Philosophies, Songs of Wisdom gathers inspirational and intriguing quotes from great African Americans of the twentieth century.

With quotations from Martin Luther King, Jr., Spike Lee, Maya Angelou, Lauryn Hill, Rosa Parks, and Michael Jordan, Songs of Wisdom is an eloquent gem. The perfect gift, it captures the brave and exalted spirit, full of wit and wisdom, of African American leaders, artists, educators, athletes, and others.

In the life-celebrating tradition of Black Pearls and Acts of Faith comes Songs of Wisdom. Divided into chapters, Childhood and Youth, Identity, Race Relations, Civil Rights, Education, Religion, The Military, Politics, Sports, Skills, The Arts, Entertainment, and Opinions and Philosophies, Songs of Wisdom gathers inspirational and intriguing quotes from great African Americans of the twentieth century.

With quotations from Martin Luther King, Jr., Spike Lee, Maya Angelou, Lauryn Hill, Rosa Parks, and Michael Jordan, Songs of Wisdom is an eloquent gem. The perfect gift, it captures the brave and exalted spirit, full of wit and wisdom, of African American leaders, artists, educators, athletes, and others.In the life-celebrating tradition of Black Pearls and Acts of Faith comes Songs of Wisdom. Divided into chapters, Childhood and Youth, Identity, Race Relations, Civil Rights, Education, Religion, The Military, Politics, Sports, Skills, The Arts, Entertainment, and Opinions and Philosophies, Songs of Wisdom gathers inspirational and intriguing quotes from great African Americans of the twentieth century.

With quotations from Martin Luther King, Jr., Spike Lee, Maya Angelou, Lauryn Hill, Rosa Parks, and Michael Jordan, Songs of Wisdom is an eloquent gem. The perfect gift, it captures the brave and exalted spirit, full of wit and wisdom, of African American leaders, artists, educators, athletes, and others.


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Library Journal Review

This collection of quotations from 20th-century African Americans is divided into 14 categories ranging from "Childhood and Youth" to "Opinions and Philosophies." Standard quotation-book topics (e.g., "Sports," "Arts," and "Religion") are included as well as those with particular relevance to African Americans (e.g., "Identity," "Race Relations," and "Civil Rights"). The quotations themselves range in length from one sentence to several paragraphs and come from a wide spectrum of well-known and lesser-known African Americans from both the early years of the 20th century (W.E.B. DuBois, Booker T. Washington) and the later years (Lauryn Hill, Sean "Puffy" Combs). The quotes, which are not arranged in any discernible order, provide only their sources' names. Listing birth/death dates and occupations might not have been necessary for Barbara Jordan or Billie Holiday but certainly would have helped readers identify lesser-known African Americans like Florence Ballard and Lawrence P. Neal. The exact source of each quote is not given. Although David is to be credited for collecting a wide range of quotations, his book lacks the comprehensiveness, source attributions, biographical information, and detailed indexes of works like Richard Newman's African American Quotations (LJ 9/15/98) or Dorothy Riley's My Soul Looks Back, 'Less I Forget (LJ 8/93). Recommended only for circulating collections in large public libraries.--Leah Sparks, Annapolis, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Childhood and Youthp. 1
Identityp. 13
Race Relationsp. 36
Civil Rightsp. 59
Educationp. 74
Religionp. 80
The Militaryp. 89
Politicsp. 92
Abortionp. 100
Sportsp. 102
Skillsp. 109
The Artsp. 112
Entertainmentp. 126
Opinions and Philosophiesp. 133