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A Wealth of Wisdom

A Wealth of Wisdom

Legendary African American Elders Speak

Edited By: Camille Cosby and Renee Poussaint / Photographer: Howard Bingham
The wisdom of our elders is our most valuable resource. In A Wealth of Wisdom, a collection of stories, experiences, and observations of more than fifty African Americans, ages seventy and over, extraordinary men and women explain how we as a nation got to where we are. With accounts by everyone from Maya Angelou and Ray Charles to Robert Guillaume and Coretta Scott King, these pivotal leaders -- representing every region in the nation and covering a wide range of professional and personal lifestyles -- take us behind their historic public moments to their underlying personal realities.

The editors collected these stories as part of the National Visionary Leadership Project, an organization that preserves and recounts the lessons learned from our country's African American elders so that the young people of today can be great leaders of tomorrow. As Geoffrey Holder declares, "Find your great-aunt or your favorite godmother, and ask them questions. They'll give you all the answers -- their way. They are the writers of the book."
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  • Washington Square Press | 
  • 304 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743482295 | 
  • February 2007
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Introduction

One of the most wonderful and consistently frustrating parts of being a television journalist for so many years was finding myself constantly rushing back to the station midafternoon to get my report ready for the six o'clock news, excited about some fascinating person I'd just interviewed and all of the lengthy stories and invaluable insights captured on videotape, only to face the reality that all but a sliver of that material would end up on the figurative cutting-room floor. No one would be able to learn from them, be inspired by them. None of the young people, glued to their television sets, struggling, sometimes... see more

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