Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Win-a-book Wednesday: "Becoming American: The African-American Journey" by Howard Dodson


First things first, the winner of last week's book--"Genealogy Online"--is Lady C. Congratulations! E-mail your address to whattamisaid@gmail.com and I will send your book via USPS Media Mail. Didn't win this time? Check the right-hand column of the blog for a link to purchase this book and other media (books, music, etc.) mentioned on What Tami Said. Your purchases help support this blog.

This week's offering is a new copy of "Becoming American: The African-American Journey" (Sterling, $12.95) by Howard Dodson.

From Amazon:


Far too many Americans, of all races, are unaware of the pivotal role that people of African descent have played in shaping the US and the world. Even less is known about the role of African peoples in the history of all humankind. Becoming American: The African-American Journey will open their eyes—and enlighten even the already knowledgeable. It features two side-by-side chronological timelines that uniquely contrast the major events and personalities in both African-American and Global/African Diasporan history—spanning from 4 million BCE to Barack Obama's momentous presidential campaign. In addition, a carefully-chosen collection of key political, historical, cultural and literary texts, quotes, speeches, and songs document the impact of the black presence in American and world history.

Howard Dodson is one of America's leading scholars and lecturers on African-American history and culture. He has served as the director of the prestigious Schomburg Center since 1984, and his many awards include the ASALH Service Award, 1976; Chairman's Award, Black and Puerto Rican Caucus; Governor's Award for African-Americans of Distinction, 1982; and an honorary degree from Widener College in 1987. He has co-authored several books, including The Black New Yorkers: The Schomburg Illustrated Chronology (Wiley, 2001).

Enter to win this book by participating in this open thread by Monday, Feb. 16. All names attached to this thread will be entered into a random drawing. The winner will be announced next Wednesday.The winner of the book is invited to post a review on What Tami Said.

Good luck!

5 comments:

Rebecca said...

In a country where we have Black History Month because it isn't taught the rest of the year, this definitely sounds interesting.

(And when are we going to get a Women's History Month? A Queer History Month? Sigh.)

I'm in, as usual!

Lady C said...

Tami, thanks. I was sitting with my Mom for the past few days and did not have access to a computer, so I didn't find out that I was the winner this weeks.

I sent you my address to your email.

Thanks, again!

Lady C said...

Tami, thanks. I was sitting with my Mom for the past few days and did not have access to a computer, so I didn't find out that I was the winner this weeks.

I sent you my address to your email.

Thanks, again!

virginia said...

Count me in! sounds like a fantastic piece of scholarship that is much needed. Did you read the NYT article today about how the commission charged with developing curriculum for NY schools that emphasizes the African- American journey is languishing without even a full complement of members?

Grrrrrr.....

Lady C said...

My husband created a calendar featuring the contributions of African Americans to the Revolutionary War.

He tried, unsuccessfully, to sell his calendar. We sent announcements to all the historically black colleges in the country and many well-known bookstores. We were even allowed to set up a table at the annual NAACP gathering in our city, but not one person stopped to look at the calendar. I believe we gave away more calendars than we sold that year.

That was a long narrative to ask, how do we get our people to be interested in our own history? We have a long and vibrant history in this country that fascinates me every time I read something new about us. It truly amazes me how we chose not to give up once we were enslaved. We are a strong people, and that makes me very, very proud.

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