Author Janet Cheatham Bell reflects on her anthology of Black quotations in this video, discussing the relevance of quotations thorough African professionals and thought leaders
Janet Cheatham Bell has been engaged in research, teaching and writing to help correct distortions about Americans of African descent since 1968. In 1984 she left her position as a textbook editor to become a consultant to the book publishing industry and to publish her own books. The first two, Famous Black Quotations and some not so famous and Famous Black Quotations on Women, Love and other topics were self-published in 1986 and 1992. In 1994 she licensed the publishing rights to Warner Books, whose Famous Black Quotations was published in 1995. Within the next seven years Bell had nine books of quotations on the market. In 2013, she was cited by Henry Louis Gates Jr. on national television as “a pioneer in doing books of black quotations.” Still Rising: Famous Black Quotations for the 21stCentury (Agate Publishing) is her fifteenth book.
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