| By Tara Atterberry |
In the foreword of Gale’s Who’s Who Among African Americans: 34th Edition, available April 1st, Advisor Jessie Carney Smith, Dean of the Library, Camille Cosby Distinguished Chair in the Humanities, Fisk University, cites Historian John Hope Franklin’s work, Stalking George Washington Williams, drawing a parallel between Franklin’s literary work and the research completed for this edition of Who’s Who Among African Americans.
Carney Smith writes:
“So determined was historian Franklin to find all that he could on Williams that he looked upon his action as ‘stalking,’ but in a positive sense and with rewarding results. It is with the intensity of ‘stalking’ that we search and identify examples of African American achievers who fit the purpose of our work. And it is still with this intensity that Gale publishes annual editions of this Who’s Who series. This is an important and helpful way to keep black history updated, alive and well.”
Among the 100 new listees added for this edition are individuals from all fields of endeavor, including: Stacey Yvonne Abrams, a member of Georgia’s General Assembly who ran a close, but unsuccessful race for governor of the state; Rosalind Brewer, President of Starbucks, an example of a glass ceiling being shattered; filmmakers Barry Jenkins and Justin Simien; Simone Askew, who became the first black woman to lead West Point cadets; and Tarana Burke, an activist who founded the #MeToo movement.
Who’s Who Among African Americans: 34th Edition profiles a broad range of more than 15,000 African Americans from those widely known to those known in specific organizations and communities. It provides information that can be used in biographies or speeches; a good place to begin research; and can also be used to find out interesting facts not easily accessible to the general public. It includes Geographical and Occupational Indexes for easy cross-referencing and an obituary section that recognizes listees who have recently passed away.