The Welcome Table

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Book Chapter

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Originally Published In

Farmer, V. L., & Shepherd-Wynn, E. (Eds.), Voices of historical and contemporary Black American pioneers, Vol. 2: Law and government. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

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This extraordinary four-volume work is the first of its kind, a comprehensive exploration of the obstacles black men and women, both historic and contemporary, have faced and overcome to succeed in professional positions. Voices of Historical and Contemporary Black American Pioneers includes the life and career histories of black American pioneers, past and present, who have achieved extraordinary success in fields as varied as aviation and astronautics, education, social sciences, the humanities, the fine and performing arts, law and government, and medicine and science. The set covers well-known figures, but is also an invaluable source of information on lesser-known individuals whose accomplishments are no less admirable.