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Illustrated Black History: Honoring the Iconic and the Unseen by George McCalman

Illustrated Black History: Honoring the Iconic and the Unseen by George McCalman


*WINNER OF THE NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author*


A gorgeous collection of 145 original portraits that celebrates Black pioneers-famous and little-known--in politics, science, literature, music, and more-with biographical reflections, all created and curated by an award-winning graphic designer.


Illustrated Black History is a breathtaking collection of original portraits depicting black heroes-both famous and unsung-who made their mark on activism, science, politics, business, medicine, technology, food, arts, entertainment, and more. Each entry includes a lush drawing or painting by artist George McCalman, along with an insightful essay summarizing the person's life story.

The 145 entries range from the famous to the little-known, from literary luminary James Baldwin to documentarian Madeline Anderson, who produced "I Am Somebody" about the 1969 strike of mostly female hospital workers; from Aretha Franklin to James and Eloyce Gist, who had a traveling ministry in the early 1900s; from Colin Kaepernick to Guion S. Bluford, the first Black person to travel into space.


Beautifully designed with over 300 unique four-color artworks and accessible to readers of all ages, this eye-opening, educational, dynamic, and timely compendium pays homage to Black Americans and their achievements, and showcases the depth and breadth of Black genius.


Number of pages:384
Spine width:38mm
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