Spanning nearly 400 years from the early abolitionists to the present, this guide book profiles more than 400 people, places, and events that have shaped the history of the black struggle for freedom. Coverage includes information on such mainstay figures as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks, but also delves into how lesser kwn figures contributed to and shaped the history of civil rights. Learn how the Housewives' League of Detroit started a nation-wide movement to support black businesses, helping many to survive the depression; or discover what effect sports journalist Samuel Harold Lacy had on Jackie Robinson's historic entrance into the major leagues. This comprehensive resource chronicles the breadth and passion of an entire people's quest for freedom.
Jessie Carney Smith is a noted African American studies scholar and a professor of humanities at Fisk University. She is the author of Black Firsts and Black Heroes . Linda T. Wynn is the assistant director for state programs at the Tennessee Historical Commission and a professor of history at Fisk University. They both live in Nashville, Tennessee.