Still I Rise: A Cartoon History of African Americans
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by Roland Owen Laird Jr., Taneshia Nash Laird & Elihu Bey
Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc (October 1997)
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
A complete documentary history of African Americans in one cartoon narrative. As
National Book Award winner Charles Johnson points out in his Introduction, the history of
African American cartooning is itself a vibrant one, and almost unknown. STILL I RISE is a
great contribution that not only recounts history, but also makes history. 204 pp.
A complete, illustrated documentary history of African Americans. "Permeating this encyclopedic research is [the authors'] recognition of the beauty, resilience, and spiritual endurance of black Americans"--from the Introduction -The Reader's Catalog
Art Spiegelman and Larry Gonick opened the door for an all-out renaissance of the cartoon form, bringing a medieval form of history--through pictures--together with a modern sensibility. In Still I Rise Roland Laird and Elihu Bey take the form to another level, using cartoons to tell the rich history of the achievements, struggles, hopes, suffering, and triumphs of people of African descent in America. In the process, they bring to light many surprising and little-known facts of American history, making the book a joy to both those who thought they knew it all already and those learning history for the first time.
As National Book Award winner Charles Johnson points out in his introduction, the history of African American cartooning is itself a vibrant one, and almost unknown. Still I Rise is a great contribution. It not only tells history, it makes history.
Roland Owen Laird and Taneshia Nash Laird are the founder and marketing director, respectively, of Posro Komics, a cartoon company, in Edison, New Jersey. Elihu Bey is a freelance commercial artist in East Orange, New Jersey, who also drew the first issue of Posro's MC Squared.
"Permeating this encyclopedic research is Posro's recognition of the beauty, resilience, and spiritual endurance of black Americans." --Charles Johnson
Introduction by Charles Johnson
A complete documentary history of African Americans in one cartoon narrative.