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Politicians

2017
Looks at the history of outstanding African Americans in their careers, focusing on politicians. Includes weblinks, slideshows, transparencies, maps, quizzes, and supplementary resources.

Barack Obama

"Find out about the life of Barack Obama from his childhood and education to how he became President of the United States and what he achieved. The book has photographs and a simple text suitable for young children"--Provided by publisher.

A promised land

Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency--a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

Kamala Harris

"Kamala Harris is . . . [a] prominent political figure. During her time in Congress, she has been an inspiration to many, advocating for equal rights, immigration and criminal justice reform, and a more united country. In this . . . biography, young readers will learn about Harris's life from her childhood to . . . [more recent times] her accomplishments as an attorney, and her challenges in politics"--Provided by publisher.

A promised land

In this anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency--a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

African American politicians & civil rights activists

Discusses the lives and accomplishments of a number of African American politicians and civil rights activists.

Locking up our own

crime and punishment in black America
"An original and consequential argument about race, crime, and the law today, Americans are debating our criminal justice system with new urgency. Mass incarceration and aggressive police tactics--and their impact on people of color--are feeding outrage and a consensus that something must be done. But what if we only know half the story? In Locking Up Our Own, the Yale legal scholar and former public defender James Forman Jr. weighs the tragic role that some African Americans themselves played in escalating the war on crime. As Forman shows, the first substantial cohort of black mayors, judges, and police chiefs took office around the country amid a surge in crime. Many came to believe that tough measures--such as stringent drug and gun laws and "pretext traffic stops" in poor African American neighborhoods--were needed to secure a stable future for black communities. Some politicians and activists saw criminals as a "cancer" that had to be cut away from the rest of black America. Others supported harsh measures more reluctantly, believing they had no other choice in the face of a public safety emergency. Drawing on his experience as a public defender and focusing on Washington, D.C., Forman writes with compassion for individuals trapped in terrible dilemmas--from the young men and women he defended to officials struggling to cope with an impossible situation. The result is an original view of our justice system as well as a moving portrait of the human beings caught in its coils."--.
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Distinguished African American political and governmental leaders

Contains alphabetically arranged entries that profile the lives of 104 African-American men and women from the early nineteenth century to 1998 who have distinguished themselves in public office, whether by election or appointment.
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Go and tell Pharaoh

the autobiography of the Reverend Al Sharpton
Autobiography of the Reverend Al Sharpton in which he discusses his preaching, his activism on behalf of his race, and his recent resolve to quit trying to solve racial problems on a case by case basis and become proactive, entering the political arena.
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Street fight

A documentary film detailing the thirty-two-year-old Cory Booker, a Yale Law School graduate, following his election as mayor of Newark, New Jersey in 2002, and details how he fought in Newark's neighborhoods and housing projects, the election pits the young challenger against an old style political machine.

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