Review by Booklist Review
This encyclopedia deals with historical and current educational issues related to African Americans. Editor Lomotey is chancellor and professor of education at Southern University and A&M College. The 247 signed entries, which vary in length from 1,000 to 4,000 words, cover a wide range of topics spanning from Black Codes to No Child Left Behind. The entries are written in an accessible style and provide multiple print and online references for further research. Thematic access is provided through the Reader's Guide, which lists entries under larger topics such as Associations and Organizations, Curriculum, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Legal Cases. The appendix comprises 75 percent of the second volume and is dedicated to coverage of the Journal of Negro Education. This journal, which is published by Howard University, has been at the forefront of issues related to African American education since its inception. The appendix reproduces the tables of contents of the journal for the years 1932-2008. Although a perusal of a series of tables of contents is an interesting read for historians, one wonders at the decision to devote 216 pages to this information without any access for author and subject in the index. The appendix also contains the full text of 11 selected articles, which provide an insightful time line of important issues dealing with segregation, desegregation, and equality in education for the years 1935-2004. This resource complements, and in many cases updates, the topics covered in the 1996 work of the same title published by Greenwood. Because the current work contains only 18 biographies, it complements major biographical works such as African American National Biography (2008). The entries and the full-text articles make it a worthwhile purchase for large public and academic libraries. Also available as an e-book.--Crosser, Cynthia Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Review by Library Journal Review
Edited by Lomotey (chancellor, Southern Univ. & A&M Coll.), this two-volume set provides a comprehensive overview of African American education, with a focus on historically black colleges and universities. An appendix includes the complete bibliography of The Journal of Negro Education from 1932 through 2008, along with articles from this journal on segregation, desegregation, and equality in education. Unfortunately, there is no listing or mention of these articles in the table of contents, which simply notes the inclusion of the bibliography. The list of entries is included in both volumes, although it lacks the articles from The Journal of Negro Education included in the appendix. Containing almost 250 entries signed by over 200 scholars and legal professionals, the set also contains in the first volume a reader's guide, which groups the entries into 16 categories, including alternative educational models, associations and organizations, curriculum, economics, gender, graduate and professional education, legal cases, and precollegiate education. Bottom Line Written for the general public, this set is in-depth enough for academic and scholarly research, with accessibly written entries that also make it suitable for advanced high school and undergraduate students studying education, segregation, or African American history.-Sara Rofofsky Marcus, Queensborough Community Coll., Bayside, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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