African-American Alphabet: A Celebration of African-American and West Indian Culture, Custom, Myth, and Symbol

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In this poetic A-to-Z collection of traditions, languages, legends, and symbols, Gerald Hausman and Kelvin Rodriques capture the vast wisdom and beauty of African, Caribbean, and African-American heritage. 100+ photos. Black History Month promo.

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In A-to-Z format, one entry for each letter of the alphabet, and each entry several pages long, the authors use key words to launch themselves on wide-ranging discussions of major traditions found in the common-linked cultures of Africa, black America, and the Caribbean. Entries range from "Amistad," the name of a slave ship involved in an important legal case in which captives intended for slavery were set free, to "Zion," a concept that was "for the African-American slave, a dream, a rhythm, a way of life where there was no suffering." In addition to a full commentary in each entry on the specific topic at hand and its relevance to black history and legends, the authors supply accompanying illustrations and lyrics of spirituals, poems, quotes from personal recollections, and other excerpted material to give additional dimension to their presentations. Not simply a book to have fun with, but also one to learn from. Brad Hooper

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