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"An important and inspiring collection of essays by some of the most important African-American leaders of the last 50 years."
-- Ebony

"The 'elders'...share portions of their lifelong stories with humor, poignancy, and good old-fashioned 'mother wit' that can only come from years of living, loving, and overcoming." -- Chicago Sun-Times

"Inspiring, enlightening, and informative.... A companion to the slave narratives by our 19th-century forebearers."
-- Black Issues Book Review

About the Author

Camille Cosby is a producer and educator. She coproduced the Tony Award-nominated Having Our Say, which won a 1999 Peabody Award for television, and has also served as executive producer of numerous film projects.

Renee Poussaint is a veteran network journalist and winner of three Emmy awards. She is the president and CEO of Wisdom Works, Inc., a major documentary production company, and a Senior Fellow at the University of Maryland's Academy of Leadership.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (February 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743482298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743482295
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Rene Thomas on January 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Thanks to Dr. Cosby and Renee Pouissant we now have a fabulous book allowing elders, who have lived history, to tell us the truth about American History. At last a book that respects our elders and allows them the opportunity to express the truth of their experiences. It is entertaining, historical and informative. Once you start reading you can't put it down and when finished you are ready for the next edition. It is refreshing to read about courageous people who have been given the freedom to express their truth rather than stories that pretend to know their truth. Every school should have this book in their curriculum and the pattern of this book should be the impetus to get people of all ethnicities to respect their elders and learn from them.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AfroAmericanHeritage on February 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those rare books I simply could not stop reading! I highly recommend it. The interviews are intimate and illuminating, and I think young adults in particular will be inspired, though middle-aged ones like myself can take heart in how much these folks are STILL achieving well after 70. While I enjoyed getting to know some of the famous people in a new way, I was especially impressed by stories of "unfamous" elders like the educators Jayme Coleman Williams and McDonald Williams, people who have had tremendous, sustained impact in their communities. The best part is, you can access even more of the work of the National Visionary Leadership Project at their web site, VisionaryProject.com
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By thesavvybamalady VINE VOICE on February 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I enjoy reading this book. Really. The reason I gave it the four stars is that there wasn't enough of them. Mostly it had stories from famous people that we already know on. What I wanted to read was from people who are not as famous. Who had a lot of things to tell. I pray there is a sequel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lin Werner on February 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book of advice from wise African-Americans.
I recommend this book and another book called SURVEY OF 300 A+ STUDENTS,
by a wise African-American at Harvard (Kenneth Green).
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By sedpj on December 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
So many women sharing views through their own experiences and willing to pass such knowledge on is a wonderful tribute.
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