Journalist and urban culture oracle, Ronda Racha Penrice has found a way to bridge the gap between the old black culture and the new black culture. Making black history herself, she recently became the first black woman to write for the For Dummies book franchise. Penrice pinned the, “African American History for Dummies,” book and with well received reviews, has become a literacy staple. Dedicated to producing a book that was adaptable and easy for all to understand, Penrice was able to finish the book in only 9 months, that is half of the time it takes for the average author to produce material.
African American History for Dummies is a rare entity for it weaves in pop culture into the fabrication of the text and is displayed in a tone that is both informational and conversational. The book elaborates on black history stemming from how Africans came to America, the Harlem Renaissance, the civil rights era, Hip hop, pivotal events in black history, evolution of black culture, black pioneers and inventors and what it means to be black in America today.
The book explores the history of a people that are full of high’s and lows, the people who touch the arts and science and medicine and other essentials to life.
Penrice was able to develop such a dynamic book by tapping into her strong Mississippi and Chicago roots, which helped to develop her diverse skills in understanding and appreciating cultures. Her research consisted of stories told to her by her grandparents and her real life experience of traveling and being at major events that has shaped history.
For example, she was at the Academy Awards luncheon when Denzel Washington, Will Smith and Halle Berry were all nominated for their highest award. These experiences helped to shape her love for black culture and her everlasting fight to educate and expose others to this beauty of black people.
“I Want people to realize that African American history is an essential part of American history. You cannot get the full picture of history without knowing our history,” says Penrice. “People that were enslaved were in the courts challenging and trying to get their freedom. This is the foundation of the country. Why isn’t this acknowledged? Freedom and democracy in America was incorporated from black people.”
To know where you are going, you have to know where you have been. Take a trip back down memory lane by grabbing this book and soaking up the historical facts of the African American experience and its profound lineage. For more information about African American History For Dummies, check out: Amazon.com.
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