Three times a year, this extraordinary reference series provides
biographical profiles of important persons of African heritage.
Whether they are personalities from the news, selected 20th-century
notables, or individuals who are not yet household names, these are
the men and women who are changing today's world and shaping the
world of tomorrow.
Each volume of Contemporary Black Biography contains at least 65
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 birthEducational
backgroundAddressCareer dataMembershipsAwards receivedDetailed
prose essayComplete source citations
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
actorsSubjects: 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 othersName: 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
Entries in the Contemporary Black Biography series can be
accessed online through Gale Biographies on NEXIS. Each of the more
than 100,000 profiles in Gale Biographies provides an intimate
glimpse into the personal and professional life and times of the
listee, including: birth/death date and place, family, education,
career highlights and achievements, awards and honors, major works,
sources of additional information and much more.
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