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What's new: January 2023

The January update of the American National Biography features five new essays, including actor, playwright, director, and civil rights activist Ossie Davis; New York magazine founder Clay Felker Schuette; and baseball players Bob Gibson, Joe Morgan, and Al Kaline.

Ossie Davis

Ossie Davis (1917-2005) used the arts as form of activism. As an actor he refused roles that demeaned African Americans. As a director he brought Black stories to the stage and screen. Davis and his wife Ruby Dee helped organize and were emcees of the 1963 March on Washington. Davis also gave the eulogy at the funeral of Malcolm X. His strong character portrayals and rich baritone voice made him a giant in entertainment, while he used his fame to uplift all African Americans.

 

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JANUARY 26, 2023

What's New: January 2023

The January update of the American National Biography features five new essays, including actor, playwright, director, and civil rights activist Ossie Davis; New York magazine founder Clay Felker Schuette; and baseball players Bob Gibson, Joe Morgan, and Al Kaline.

NOVEMBER 24, 2022

What's New: November 2022

The November update of the American National Biography features five new essays, including food writer and television star Anthony Bourdain; Roberta Johnson Dunbar, Rhode Island clubwoman and civil rights activist; long-time 60 Minutes reporter Morley Safer; crime novelist Mickey Spillane; Sidney Maurice Levyson, disability activist and writer (under the name Stanley Stein) who advocated on behalf of people suffering from Hansen’s disease.

OCTOBER 27, 2022

What's New: October 2022

The October update of the American National Biography features four new essays, including baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron; Louise Dickinson Rich, writer of the best-selling 1942 memoir We Took to the Woods; Alfred Cowles, who shaped the modern study of economics; and Indiana industrialist and philanthropist J. Miller Irwin.