Black Genius

Black Genius

And the American Experience

Book - 1998
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The findings from wide-ranging interviews and careful historical research, Black Genius explores the roots of black achievement in America. The results are surprising and inspiring. Interweaving past and present, beginning with this country's inception, Russell covers the importance of continuity and tradition in nurturing black artists, scientists, and leaders.Here are memorable portraits of Wynton Marsalis, Ralph Ellison, Louis Armstrong, Toni Morrison, Duke Ellington, James Baldwin, Paul Robeson, Muhammad Ali, Lois Mailou-Jones, and other black notables. Through their eyes, we see how they were inspired, fostered, and encouraged by their mentors, how the creative tradition was passed from one generation to the next. This great theme of interconnectedness is played out, for example, in Wynton Marsalis's links to not only Ellington and Armstrong, but also, through the venerable author Albert Murray, to Ellison and the artist Romare Bearden. In addition to these well-known figures, Russell also rediscovers less familiar ones: writers, activists, scientists, and artists whose reputations may be underrecognized, whose courage and ach
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 1998
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed
ISBN: 9780786704552
0786704551
Branch Call Number: 973.0496 Russell
Characteristics: xii, 497 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm

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