In this collection of essays and interviews journalist Dick Russell examines the role of African Americans through two centuries of American history. He focuses primarily on the role of blacks in the cultural life of the United States. Russell writes about notable figures such as educator Mary McLeod Bethune, speaks with Harvard professor Cornel West about W. E. B. Du Bois, and discusses Frederick Douglass and James Baldwin in an essay titled “Timeless Voices, Parallel Realities.” Black Genius and the American Experience, with an introduction by Alvin F. Poussaint, takes a thoughtful and fascinating look at the contributions to U.S. history made by Americans of African descent.
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Many geniuses peak early, creating their masterwork at a tender age …
LITERATURE: The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
PAINTING: Les Demoiselles d’Avignon
FILMMAKING: Citizen Kane
ARCHITECTURE: The Vietnam War Memorial
MUSIC: The Marriage of Figaro
… while others bloom late, doing their best work after lifelong tinkering.
LITERATURE: Huckleberry Finn
PAINTING: Château Noir
Frank Lloyd Wright
MUSIC: Symphony No. 9
Ludwig van Beethoven
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