Black Emancipation Is Subject Of Professor's Fifth Book

May 2, 2012

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The dramatic story of black emancipation is explored, in-depth, by History Professor Bruce J. Dierenfield, PhD, in his new book A History of African-American Leadership (3rd edition), which was coauthored by John White and is published by Pearson. The text delves into the racial advancement philosophies and strategies of such race leaders as Booker T. Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, as well as President Barack Obama, who is sometimes perceived as downplaying the issue of race in his leadership role. The book similarly examines women political and cultural leaders, including Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Condoleezza Rice and Oprah Winfrey. 

The book also examines the grassroots of black protest movements in America, paying particular attention to the major civil rights organizations as well as black separatist groups such as the Nation of Islam. An introductory chapter begins the story with a look at black protest and accommodation during the slavery era.

Dierenfield, who directs the All-College Honors Program, received two national prizes for his last book, which followed the controversial issue of school prayer.

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