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Table of Contents and Introduction
This youthful history of black America is a vital resource for educators, parents, and students alike. Respected author, educator, and pastor Marvin McMickle offers readers:
• A sampling/survey of African American history written chronologically so that the reader can see how history has unfolded over time• A celebration of those persons and movements that refused to allow racism to set limits on their hopes and dreams• Insight into the struggles and achievements of the past, with the hope that these stories and biographies can inspire this and future generations• A teen-friendly format with "Phat Facts" in history and biographical profiles that offer the "411" on important figures in history
"Profiles in Black: Phat Facts for Teens has earned its rightful place on our bookshelf, as a useful tool to help eliminate historical partiality." —Sheri Hagemann for Home Educating Family Association
"Readable and well-researched. A good way to enable young people of all races to see how far we have come in our growth as a country—one nation, under God." —Congregational Libraries Today, 2009
"Those who would otherwise find history boring will find this to be a fascinating and exciting read." —Reviewed by Jonathan Roberts (a student at Blacksburg High School) in The Roanoke Times, Feb. 8, 2009
"You will be astounded what you will find out, what you did not know, and other interesting facts."—African Americans On the Move Book Club
"Profiles in Black is a fine acquisition for any library catering to teenaged readers." —Children's Bookwatch, March 2009
"The book is light, fun, and educational, and perfect as a gift. If you think history is dry and boring, look for Profiles in Black. Books like this are hard to put down, whether you're a teen, a grown-up, or are just looking for something light to read." —Terri Schlichenmeyer, The Bookworm Sez
"The book covers an enormous amount of ground...its text reveals a wealth of research." —Foreword magazine, December 2008
"Written for teens, Profiles in Black is also a great resource on African American facts for all ages." —CBA Retailers + Resources
"Dr. Marvin A. McMickle is taking responsibility and bringing history to young people so that they may be empowered by the knowledge they receive from this book. He lays out African American history in a practical and readable fashion, but he also challenges young readers who are willing to engage this book as well. McMickle’s young readers will not only learn about their elders, but they will see themselves as well. Thank you, my brother, for showing so much love for the hip-hop culture by writing this book!"—from the foreword by Efrem Smith, Senior Pastor, The Sanctuary Covenant Church and author, Raising Up Young Heroes and The Hip-Hop Church
Marvin A. McMickle, DMin, PhD is currently interim pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, where he previously served as senior pastor for nearly twenty-five years. He has also served as past president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, New York. No stranger to academia, McMickle previously served as professor of homiletics at Ashland Theological Seminary and in 2009, spent a semester as a visiting professor at Yale University Divinity School. He also taught at Case Western Reserve, Cleveland State, Princeton, and Fordham universities. A prolific author, McMickle, has more than a dozen books to his credit, including resources on preaching, ministry, and African American history.
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