Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Celebrating Culture, Revisiting Classics

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Celebrating Culture, Revisiting Classics

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AFRICANA WOMAN: HER STORY THROUGH TIME

By Dr. Cynthia Jacobs Carter Introduction by Dr. Dorothy Height National Geographic Books, November 2003, 255 pp., $40.00 cloth, ISBN 0-7922-6165-8

This lavishly illustrated volume traces the voices of women of African descent around the world, from ancient times to the present. Readers meet powerful ancient monarchs such as Queen Hatshepsut, ruler of Egypt 3,500 years ago, and Makeda, Queen of Sheba; strong slave women and spiritual leaders like Anastacia, worshipped as a saint in Bahia, Brazil, and Nanny, Queen of the Maroons, who led rebellions against slavery in Jamaica. There are nursing and education pioneers, such as Mary Seacole and Charlotte Forten Grimke; abolitionists such as Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman; and successful businesswomen, such as Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, dressmaker to Mary Todd Lincoln, and Madam C.J. Walker, the first Black woman millionaire in America. Contemporary women are also celebrated, including civil rights legends Rosa Parks and Fanny Lou Hamer and modern icons such as Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey and Condoleezza Rice.

Dr. Cynthia Jacobs Carter is director of development for Howard University and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN CINEMA: THE FIRST HALF CENTURY

Project Director: Dr. Phyllis R. Klotman University of Illinois Press, November 2003, CD-ROM Plus Instructor's Guide, $24.95, ISBN 0-252-02892-9

Containing a rich body of reference information, critical essays by prominent film scholars, biographies, film reviews and multimedia elements such as movie clips, this CD-ROM traces the history of Black filmmakers from 1894 to 1950. The CD-ROM is accompanied by a 32-page guide, which contains suggested classroom exercises as well as user instructions. Photographs, posters, production stills and film clips, as well as voiceover introductions help conceptualize the first half-century of Black cinema. In addition, the CD-ROM features an interactive searchable data base that contains more than 3,300 movies emphasizing the contributions of African Americans to cinema.

Dr. Phyllis R. Klotman is founder of the Indiana University Black Film Center/Archive and professor emerita of Afro-American Studies.

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