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I Dream a World : Portraits of Black Women who Changed America Paperback – Bargain Price, May 7, 1999

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This companion volume to an exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., documents the aspirations and achievements of 75 black women--from "unsung heroine" Priscilla L. Williams ("I had fourteen children. Seven of them was my sister's" sic) to former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm--in the arts, politics, business, academia, athletics and other fields. Photographs by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lanker are often striking, quietly revealing pride of character, whether borne with predatorial glamour (Leontyne Price) or guileless pleasure (Gwendolyn Brooks). His verbal portraits, spoken in the words of his subjects, are largely a disappointment, however--brief, surprisingly full of platitudes and lacking in personal signature, they tell a dramatic story of struggle and success in a flatly generic voice. But notable exceptions, such as law professor Eleanor Holmes Norton, comment on their lives with uncompromising intelligence ("Black people get their moral authority in this country not simply because they have suffered, but because they understand the suffering of other people").
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A double-paged format of photograph, brief biographical information, and first-person accounts of women from all walks of life. The 75 photographs (and interviews) by Lanker were exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The book can function as art, history, literature, or social commentary. Though Barbara Jordon, Alice Walker, and Priscilla Williams inspired this white man's project, many other women provide the names he needed to produce the final 75. Amazingly beautiful and moving (to laughter or to tears), this book cannot be treated adequately on paper; go quickly and purchase copies for your library and yourself.
- Rebecca Sturm Kelm, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 171 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang; Revised & enlarged edition (May 7, 1999)
  • ISBN-10: 1556709234
  • ASIN: B000B8WDKG
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 10.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,176,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I Dream a World is inspiring in its beautiful photography and the brief stories it shares about the women in the pictures. While it touches on their life stories, this book shares these women's thoughts. That is what draws me closer to this book each time I open it. The women inside, and the book itself, will make you think about your dreams and encourage you to work towards them.
No matter what your race or gender, give this book to anyone who needs encouragement. I especially enjoy recommending this book to young women who can learn a lot from the women within its pages.
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I was given this book when I was a freshman in architecture college. When I saw Ms Sklarek, I immediately wrote the publisher and got her addres and wrote her a letter. To my surprise she wrote back to me and her later inspired me to continue studying architecture. Now...17 years and three degrees later I came across her name again during a conversation and I decided to contact her again and again, she sent me her business card. Since our architectural firm has a committee that procures speakers, I plan to invite her to my firm to give a presentation on Women in Architecture. So, I said all that to say...not only should we find our mentors, but we should also communicate with them whenever we can.
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I saw this book on a commercial to help educate our black women, so I searched all over the place for this book and finally found it in a library in Texas. I looked over it and immediately decided that I was going to purchase it. It is extremely inspiring and my goal in life is to appear in one of the next additions of the book.
Sincerely, LaShanda Renee Conner
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"I Dream A World" is a tribute to the extraordinary-ordinary women of our age. These women served and toiled in anonymity. We celebrate these faithful souls and their accomplishments. Those could dream a world.
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I have given this book as a gift several times to other women, to men, to blacks and to whites. Each recipient has raved about the inspiring women who are the subject of this wonderful book
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By msangel2 on February 11, 2015
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A wonderful book I purchased this book for my granddaughter, so that she could read about women that are nice role model women. To encourage her to aspire to the best at what ever she decides to do. I would like to get another one for myself.
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My nephew bought this for me several years ago and I gave it to a dear young friend. I had been looking for it for some time and found it at a funeral home while attending a celebration of life for a 91 year old woman. What a joy it was for me to see it, especially on that day. I am so glad to have it grace my living room table, sofa, chaise and love seat for others to enjoy.
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Sent this to a friend and she was so glad to receive it she read over half the book in an evening. Some of the people listed in the people she knew and it brought back good memories. She stated that she would not lend the book to anyone, but everyone needs to have a copy of this book.
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