Book Review: ‘America I Am’ filled with quotes by legends

“America I Am Legends: Rare Moments and Inspiring Words” is a companion volume of “America I Am: The African-American Imprint,” a national traveling museum exhibition that was conceived by Tavis Smiley, an award-winning broadcaster

America I Am Legends: Rare Moments and Inspiring Words” is a companion volume of “America I Am: The African-American Imprint,” a national traveling museum exhibition that was conceived by Tavis Smiley, an award-winning broadcaster and best-selling author, as a one-of-a-kind multimedia experience that chronicles the distinct history of African-Americans. The exhibit is sponsored by Walmart. The beautiful book addresses the central theme of the exhibition posed by W.E.B. Du Bois: “Would America have been America without her Negro People?” Exceptional imagery and penetrating words by 78 legendary African-Americans bring to the forefront a unique aspect of each iconic figure made by the legend or by someone carrying on the legacy today. As we celebrate the life and legacy of the legendary Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop,” I quickly turned to his page in the book and read words by the late Marvin Gaye: "Watch Michael dance and you’ll understand why I’d rather be singing while sitting on a stool." A few others: Toni Morrison on President Barack Obama: “This opportunity for a national evolution (even revolution) will not come again soon, and I am convinced you are the person to capture it.” Bill Cosby: “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” Oprah Winfrey: “I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that’s how I operate my life.” I highly recommend that you read this beautiful tome and add it to your personal library. It’s a wonderful coffee table book to share with your family and friends. ______ Copyright 2009 Chicago Defender. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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