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"Thriving In The Shadows: The Black Experience In Charlotte And Mecklenburg County" by journalist Fannie Flono (and currently an associate editor for 'The Charlotte Observer') is a unique regional history of African-Americans who contributed to the economic development and social life of Charlotte, North Carolina. Enhanced with more than 100 archival photographs contributed by members of Charlotte's African-American community, chronicler Fannie Flono provides background information on how black men and women dealt with the restrictions of Jim Crow legislation and segregation and were able to create 'shadow communities' that provided genuine opportunities and led to some truly astonishing accomplishments. Of special note is the role played by returning black veterans who strove for the same opportunities at home that they enjoyed while serving overseas -- leading to a reinvigorated civil rights movement among blacks of all economic levels and educational backgrounds. Eventually, their success would enable them to dismantle 'shadow communities' as integration replaced segregation. "Thriving In The Shadows" is an exceptionally well written regional history that is very highly recommended for academic and community library Black Studies and American History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.
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