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What's new: February 2021

This update features six new biographies in celebration of Black History Month. It includes rock and roll pioneer Bo Diddley; feminist lawyer and activist Flo Kennedy; transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson; gender defying blues singer and pianist Gladys Bentley; Lerone Bennett, Jr., who led Ebony magazine during the civil rights movement; and James Saules, a sailor whose life likely inspired Oregon’s 1844 racial exclusion law.

Kennedy, Florynce Rae “Flo”

Florynce “Flo” Kennedy (1916–2000) described herself as “too erratic to lead and too undisciplined to follow.” She was a pivotal and wide-reaching figure, building bridges between the civil rights, Black Power, feminist, anti-war, and reproductive rights movements that helped define the 20th century. She skilfully used the media to spread her message, writing a weekly column and hosting a radio and television show. She was also a lawyer and defended a number of Black Power activists, including H. Rap Brown, Angela Davis, Assata Shakur and Afeni Shakur.

 

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FEBRUARY 25, 2021

What's New: February 2021

This update features six new biographies in celebration of Black History Month. It includes rock and roll pioneer Bo Diddley; feminist lawyer and activist Flo Kennedy; transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson; gender defying blues singer and pianist Gladys Bentley; Lerone Bennett, Jr., who led Ebony magazine during the civil rights movement; and James Saules, a sailor whose life likely inspired Oregon’s 1844 racial exclusion law.

JANUARY 28, 2021

What's New: January 2021

This update features nine new biographies of major figures in the history of American music.  It includes superstar Mexican American singers Selena, Lalo Guerrero, and Jenni Rivera; Chuck Berry, widely recognized as an early creator of rock and roll; “At Last” singer Etta James; country legends Glen Campbell, Eddy Arnold, and Buck Owens; and guitar innovator Les Paul.

NOVEMBER 12, 2020

What's New: November 2020

This update features four new biographies of American religious figures. It includes Catholic theologian and public intellectual Michael Novak; Howard Hunter, a president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; Stanislaus Petit Lalumiere, a Jesuit priest and cofounder of Marquette College; and Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II, better known as Reverend Ike, an African American evangelist and popular preacher.