The chapters in this text comprise biographical sketches of previously unknown (or lesser known) African-Americans, among them General Daniel Chappie James Jr; William Levi Dawson (composer); Vinnette Carroll (director and playwright); and Elizabeth Ross Haynes (political speaker and activist).
I. Intellectual Biography. 1. Maulana Karenga, Kawaida, and Phenomenology: An Intellectual Study, James L. Conyers, Jr. 2. Vinnette Carroll: African American Director/Playwright, Calvin A. McClinton. 3. Higher Than the Eagle: The Legacy of General Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr., Earnest Bracey. 4. The Shaping of a Public Biography: Richard Allen and the A.M.E. Church, 1831-1894, Mitchell Kachun. II. Cultural Biography. 5. Cultural Gods and Goddesses: Transformation Versus Conversion in the Lfe Studies of Malcolm X and Harriet Jacobs, Elaine DeLancey. 6. Besse Head: The Idealist, Owen G. Mordaunt. 7. Working Toward the Betterment of the Community: Elizabeth Ross Haynes, LaVerne Gyant. 8. William Levi Dawson: A Black Composer Speaks, Ralph Anthony Russell. 9. Keeping the Truth on My Side: Maria Stewart, 1803-1870, Ida Young. III. Oral History and Biography as Teaching Tools. 10. Through Trinbagonian Eyes: Self Portrait of a Caribbean Country, clement London. 11. Life Ain't Been No Crystal Stair: Black Female Slave Narratives and Communication Scholarship, Olga I. Davis. 12. Literary Biographical Profiles as Teaching Tools in a University Black History Course, Robin Balthrope. 13. Malcolm X: An Intellectual Aesthetic for Black Adult Education, Andrew Smallwood. 14. Dr. James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey of Achimota: A Preacher, Scholar, Teacher, and a Gentleman, Daniel Boamah-Wiafe. 15. Bothersome Biography: Emmett Jay Scott, 1873-1957, Maceo Crenshaw Dailey.