A relevant book, unpretentious, interesting. Short chapters depicting the early years in the lives of great Negro figures. In every walk of life, Negroes have made great contributions which are too little remembered. Here they are shown as they influenced education, literature, music, theatre, sports, labor and politics, science, military life, art and the whole stream of American culture. Names include Anderson, Handy, Duke Ellington, Carver, Booker T. Washington, Bethune and many others less familiar.