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Black American Biographies: The Journey of Achievement by Jeff Wallenfeldt

By Jeff Wallenfeldt

Age variety: 14 - 17 Years

From the abolitionists and civil rights leaders who struggled to safe easy freedoms to the scientists, entertainers, and public servants who've nurtured innovation of their respective fields, African americans have damaged serious limitations for each American.

This quantity profiles a lot of these individuals-from Frederick Douglass to Oprah Winfrey to Barack Obama-whose efforts and ideas proceed to complement the principles of the nation.

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Redd also suggested that teachers may be able to help students style more effectively. Ampadu (in press) studied the effects of “Modeling Orality” on the writing development of college students of multicultural backgrounds (including European American). In her study, students imitated the rhetorical strategies of African American oral texts as a means of improving their writing. Specifically, the students imitated the repetititon schemes of anaphora, antithesis, chiasmus, and parallelism. Ampadu drew on both the Greek classical rhetorical tradition and African American rhetorical tradition.

Out of their creativity and their need, Black people create ways to both express and value themselves. African American Vernacular expression is created in part by resistance to oppression. This resistance is “an assertion of humanity … [C]ollectively [these acts express] a need for self-identification, for a reality apart from the one being foisted upon [African Americans] by” the dominant culture (Wideman, 1976: 34–7). I intend to argue that Black Vernacular discourses and rhetorics have helped to sustain and transform Black people themselves as well as enrich and change America and its discourses and deserve broader analysis and application in American rhetorical and literacy education.

For this reason, Taylor’s study/attempt was not fully bidialectal. Redd’s (1993) work focused on motivating students to read, write, and think using an Afrocentric approach to composition. Redd’s Afrocentric approach involved the use of Revelations: An Anthology of Expository Essays by and about Blacks containing 41 expository writings by Blacks. It was her thinking that the Afrocentric reader in a composition class for Black students would promote more writing, thinking, and action on behalf of Black people.

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