Black History In Its Own Words By Ronald Wimberly.

The Diverse Reader Black History In Its Own Words By Ronald Wimberly Book Review

Title: Black History In Its Own Words

Author: Ronald Wimberly

Genre: Graphic Novel

Published: February 14, 2017

Publisher: Image Comics

Total Pages: 88 pages

Topics Include: Black History, Black Historical Figures

Amazon Synopsis: A look at Black History framed by those who made it. Black History Month in its own words presents quotes of dozens of black luminaries with portraits & illustrations by Ronald Wimberly. Featuring the memorable words and depictions of Angela Davis, Jean-Michael Basquiat, Kanye West, Zadie Smith, Ice Cube, Dave Chappelle, James Baldwin, Spike Lee and more.

I came across Black History In Its Own Words by Ronald Wimberly when I went to visit a comic book store and noticed this book with illustrations featuring Black Americans. Black History In Its Own Words is a collection of black history illustrated with short biographies from various black individuals throughout history. Ronald Wimberly created a way for others to learn black history in a short book of his illustrated works of black figures with quotes that they said during their lifetime.

My favorite line:

“To be a negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all time. - James Baldwin.”

My thoughts:

Black History In Its Own Words by Ronald Wimberly was created to showcase black history in an illustrated book and short biographies for anyone to learn from. This was my first time reading Ronald Wimberly as a writer and illustrator. I enjoyed Black History In Its Own Words for the most part because of the illustrations, black history lessons and quotes that were given to me as a reader.

The biographies weren’t in great detail but quick statements so the reader can get a general idea of who the black figure was. I was able to read short biographies about black figures in a few sentences but honestly I wanted more of the person’s background. Usually when I read books similar to the context and design of this book I get more detail about the person being wrote about. I would consider this book to be a short splash of black history from the past and present because of it being a quick read and the information given. The writing style could be enjoyable for young adults and adults but relatable more to young adults.

I was told about black historical figures such as James Baldwin, Angela Davis, and Octavia Butler but I also got a chance to learn about black figures I was not aware of. The illustrations were beautiful and captured the black figure in a great moment. The book focuses on figures from the past and present which was great for any generation but I think the book could have been more descriptive in the biographies. I think that most of the quotes chosen emphasized the stance each person had in history but someone of the quotes did not give a captivating idea of who the person was. Overall, I enjoyed the book and thought that it can give any reader new information about black history.

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