and Thriving: 365 Facts in Black Economic History
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Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: Last Word Productions, Inc. (November 15, 2010 )
Book Review by Kam Williams
"In her poem, ‘And Still I Rise,'
Dr. Maya Angelou wrote, ‘You
can write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies, you can trod me
in the very dirt and still, like dust, I rise.' More than a century before
she penned her words, Richard R. Wright, Sr., a man born into slavery… asked
[Union] General Oliver Otis Howard to ‘Tell them we are rising.' Wright's
19th C. vision… has currency today. …Tell anyone who will listen that, while
the playing field is not yet level, African-American people can play the
game, win it, and even change the rules to make them fairer.
Tell them we are rising, surviving and thriving."
-- Excerpted from the Introduction (pg. xliii)
The accomplishments of African-Americans have generally been omitted from
the history books, when it comes to the field of economics. Consequently,
most black kids grow up unaware that despite the obstacles the nation
deliberately placed in the path of their ancestors during the days of
slavery and the repressive era of Jim Crow segregation, many miraculously
managed to flourish financially anyway.