Nearly 5,000 quotes from black activists, artists, authors, politicians, theologians, and more are offered here, in the traditional Bartlett’s format (arranging speakers chronologically by year of birth, no annotations). Editor Powers has made the selections from diverse sources such as African proverbs, the Bible, song lyrics, and quotes from famous men and women of all time periods. As noted in the preface, many of the quotes “illuminate and debate what blackness is and what it means to be human.” There is an index of authors and an extensive and detailed keyword index. This useful and hefty source is recommended for all collections. --Rebecca Vnuk
"An impressively researched and documented collection of the finest thought produced by writers throughout the African Diaspora. A magnificent achievement." --Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
"It is not only the most comprehensive book of quotations from black thinkers over some 5,000 years of recorded history, but it also possesses something no other book of quotations quite does: a potent and sweeping narrative arc. It is possible to consume this book avidly from end to end."--Dwight Garner, New York Times
"A meaty, motley collection...The more time I spent with the book, the more deeply I was drawn."--Gene Demby, NPR
Praise for BARTLETT'S FAMILIAR QUOTATIONS:
"[A] venerable reference work."--Huffington Post
"If you want a snapshot of who we are and why, this is where to look."--Jeff Glor, CBS This Morning
"Because it is one of the handful of reference staples that patrons are likely to ask for by name, no self-respecting library should be without it."--Booklist