Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present
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Thank you! A richly illustrated collective biography of 52 black icons, from the well-known to the less familiar. This diverse collection of iconic figures includes film directors, politicians, writers, athletes, musicians, scientists, and leaders, among others. In no apparent order, subjects profiled range from those born in the s to those born more recently, after the turn of the 20th century, who make up the majority of the The colorful and dynamic images often use shapes and imagery to portray the subjects as crowned or haloed as in the angelic halo, partially made of piano keys, that adorns Nina Simone. A beautifully crafted volume that can serve either as an introduction to these figures or as a supplementary text.
The bold and energetic cover of this book invites you to meet 52 black heroes from past and present. Perhaps using marks that echo the background designs in the following pages would tie things together much better. From the double page welcome spread it is clear that the authors wish you to be aware that this is a significant product, and a rare one at that. Nina Simone, who co-wrote the song Young, Gifted and Black , features in this book on page 33 and rightly so. The individuals in this book are most definitely good examples of people who took advantage of their gifts. The illustrations do have a few of the problems that often seem to occur in highly stylized artwork. Comparing the illustrations with the photographs at the back of the book you would be hard pressed to identify the subject without their name attached.