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PORTRAITS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HEROES by Tonya Bolden Kirkus Star

PORTRAITS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HEROES

by Tonya Bolden & illustrated by Ansel Pitcairn

Age Range: 7 & up

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-525-47043-3
Publisher: Dutton

In an informative introduction, the editor, artist, and author discuss the process used to select the inspirational African-Americans for these “studies in true grit.” There are 20 entries that “capture something of the essence” of the likes of Judith Jamison, Pauli Murray, Ruth Simmons, Ben Carson, and Charlayne Hunter-Gault along with the more familiar Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, and Thurgood Marshall. Bolden’s essays focus on those elements of their characters that enabled them to make full use of their particular talents and to persevere in spite of everything that was stacked against them. Each essay includes a highlighted quotation to further illuminate each person’s particular philosophy. A compelling full-page sepia portrait of each subject, as well as a smaller illustration that depicts a detail or another mood accompanies each entry. Pitcairn seems unerringly to have captured the souls of these remarkable people. A fascinating and unique collection. (Collected biography. 7+)