Three times a year, this extraordinary reference series provides biographical profiles of important persons of African heritage. Whether they are personalities from the news, selected 20th-century notables, or individuals who are not yet household names, these are the men and women who are changing today’s world and shaping the world of tomorrow. Each volume of Contemporary Black Biography contains at least 65 full-length biographies written in an easy-to-follow prose style, ranging from 2 to 4 pages each. Arranged alphabetically, entries are divided by subheads for quick scanning. Sections cover: Portrait (as available)Date and place of birthEducational backgroundAddressCareer dataMembershipsAwards receivedDetailed prose essayComplete source citations Contemporary Black Biography is not limited to coverage of only notable black Americans, nor is it restricted by a manufactured definition of “contemporary.” Its multinational coverage spans this century and includes rising personalities as well as groundbreakers and newsmakers in a variety of fields.Contemporary Black Biography includes four cumulative indexes: Nationality: While concentrating on U.S. figures, this title also covers important personalities from other countries. Find them listed by nationality here.Occupation: Editors focus on biographies not typically found in other sources — an eclectic blend of well-known and well-respected educators, physicians, politicians, activists, writers, clergy, military leaders, attorneys, as well as members of the more glamorous occupations such as athletes, fashion models and actorsSubjects: Events, places and organizations are cross-referenced to each entry. Use this index to identify key black individuals associated with such topics as the NAACP, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Motown Records, Medicine, the Olympics and hundreds of othersName: As the only series devoted exclusively to black biography, Contemporary Black Biography’s name index is the first place to look when you need information on contemporary black figures Entries in the Contemporary Black Biography series can be accessed online through Gale Biographies on NEXIS. Each of the more than 100,000 profiles in Gale Biographies provides an intimate glimpse into the personal and professional life and times of the listee, including: birth/death date and place, family, education, career highlights and achievements, awards and honors, major works, sources of additional information and much more.