On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance

On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Raymond Obstfeld
  • Title: On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance
  • Author: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Raymond Obstfeld
  • ISBN: 9781416534884
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Raymond Obstfeld On the Shoulders of Giants My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance From to the Harlem Renaissance produced a bright beacon of light that paved the way for African Americans all over the country The unapologetic writings of W E B Du Bois and Marcus Garvey
    From 1920 to 1940, the Harlem Renaissance produced a bright beacon of light that paved the way for African Americans all over the country The unapologetic writings of W E B Du Bois and Marcus Garvey, the fervent fiction and poetry of Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes, the groundbreaking art of Aaron Douglas and William H Johnson, and the triumphant music of DukeFrom 1920 to 1940, the Harlem Renaissance produced a bright beacon of light that paved the way for African Americans all over the country The unapologetic writings of W E B Du Bois and Marcus Garvey, the fervent fiction and poetry of Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes, the groundbreaking art of Aaron Douglas and William H Johnson, and the triumphant music of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong gave voice and expression to the thoughts and emotions that Jim Crow segregation laws had long sought to stifle In On the Shoulders of Giants, indomitable basketball star and bestselling author and historian Kareem Abdul Jabbar invites the reader on an extraordinarily personal journey back to his birthplace, through one of the greatest political, cultural, literary, and artistic movements in our history, revealing the tremendous impact the Harlem Renaissance had on both American culture and his own life Beginning with the rise of the Harlem Rens as pioneers of professional basketball, Kareem traces the many streams of historical influence that converged to create the man he is today the NBA s all time leading scorer and a veritable African American icon.Travel deep into the soul of the Renaissance to the night clubs, restaurants, basketball games, and fabulous parties that have made footprints in Harlem s history Meet the athletes, jazz musicians, comedians, actors, politicians, entrepreneurs, and writers who not only inspired Kareem s rise to greatness but an entire nation s.Kareem Abdul Jabbar was born in the midst of a cultural reawakening, carried on the shoulders of athletes trying to prove there was a lot at stake than a ball game, men and women who made music that could break your heart, and writers and intellectuals who gave voice to not just the ideals of a movement but the raw emotions Kareem tells what it took to get these revolutionaries to Harlem and how they changed the world A world that is still riding on the shoulders of giants.
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    About Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Raymond Obstfeld


    1. Kareem Abdul Jabbar born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr on April 16, 1947 in New York City, New York, United States is an American former professional basketball player and current assistant coach Typically referred to as Lew Alcindor in his younger days, he changed his name when he converted to Islam.


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    1. I generally hate it when authors insert themselves as subjects of histories and other people s biographies But this mix of memoir and history of the Harlem Renaissance was actually quite interesting I guess, when the author is as accomplished in their own right as the subjects of the book, I can give said author a bit of license Sometimes I found the links Abdul Jabbar was trying to make between himself and the Harlem Renaissance a bit tenuous Other than that, though, the book is incredibly well [...]

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    2. A true oddity An extraordinarily intelligent sports figure sharing part of his life and his influences with you An excellent survey which only encourages readers without force to seek out on the topic.

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    3. An interesting read I ve never before read the history of the Harlem Renaissance, even though I ve heard the term many times before Understanding how a huge group of people, living in a small area of New York, chose to focus on uplifting themselves I know it influenced my mother and my grandmother, but to realize that it panned out and changed the whole cultural sense of African Americans and then, even later, in Harlem, it was still bouncing around so that, even though, it was said to be over, [...]

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    4. One of the things I enjoyed about this book is that Kareem Abdul Jabbar paid tribute to the past, and he highlighted the best that black culture had to offer him as a person and the overall American culture in the Harlem Renaissance It s easy to recognize past and present atrocities of humanity and it s even easier to be angered by them to the point of rage and destruction Conversely, it s hard to recognize the past and present achievements of humanity in spite of adversity and become inspired t [...]

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    5. I was mainly reading this for the 4th section which follows the symbiotic relationship that Harlem and Jazz had from the 20 s through the 40 s We hear from Kareem, Quincy Jones, Will.i.Am among others tracing the history of Jazz through it s early days in Harlem Good stuff Nothing revolutionary but a good read.

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    6. The style was definitely pop history and the editing left quite a bit to be desired for instance, using the same basic descriptors for historical figures time after time after time, rather than assuming the reader will remember who they are , but KA J s deep, intelligent passion for the subject really came through and made me want to know .

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    7. Excellent Historical presentation on various aspects of the Harlem Renaissance and its lasting contributions to U.S history, lifestyle and current day life in the country Interesting, entertaining, thought provoking discussions of politics, the arts, education, sports and music, and how these are were impacted by the individuals and institutions emanating from Harlem early 20th century and continue to shape the American, and even world, experiences today.Abdul Jabbar brings the Harlem Renaissanc [...]

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    8. This book is a great overview of the Harlem Renaissance through the lens of Lew Alcindor s he wasn t Karrem Abdul Jabar yet upbringing in nearby Inwood The book is Abdul Jabar s view of the Harlem Renaissance.The layout of the book is interesting It is a long chapter detailing a certain aspect of the Harlem Renaissance literature, poetry, basketball followed by an essay length chapter on how that aspect personally affected Abdul Jabar It may not be the best history of the Renaissance it doesn t [...]

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    9. This is hands down a must read When my uncle suggested I read this, I was skeptical It didn t look all that amazing But he finally wore me down and I m so glad he did, because I enjoyed the shit out of this work Kareem Abdul Jabbar combines history and personal narratives to produce an enriched account of the Harlem Renaissance and how it impacted his personal beliefs, ideologies, and life Kareem explores three major sections of the Harlem Renaissance the literary achievements of black legends, [...]

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    10. This was an insightful and well written book He covered the major thinkers of the Harlem Renaissance, as well as the beginnings of basketball and Jazz music I would have liked to read about the visual art, but that can be found in other books.

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    11. Not a straight history of the Harlem Renaissance Rather, like most of Kareem s books, it s a history of events as perceived by him Actually, it s about the individuals and movements in literature, basketball, and music of the Renaissance who have made a difference to him Granted, the figures he chose are nearly universal in their import, but this is a history through Kareem s personal lens So for those who love him, this will be a great read For the haters, the converse will be true For most of [...]

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    12. KAJ comes across as a well informed, intelligent writer This is not a book written by a basketball player It is a book written and researched by a respectable author.The Harlem Renaissance was a totally new concept to me and thanks to this book, I know have a solid basic knowledge and newly acquired interest.The book covers the subject matter it embarks on with good level of details On the flip side, the author seem to believe that his basketball career serves as a selling point for this kind of [...]

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    13. I was watching the BYU vs UCLA Las Vegas Bowl when I saw UCLA run this ad youtube watch v 08YHxp and learned that Kareem was a history major.A few years ago I found this book at the bargain bin at Borders.He wasn t alive during the Harlem Renaissance don t be silly but the greats of the Renaissance deeply influenced him This book introduced me to how events unfolded during that era.

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    14. Kareem has written quite a few history books His acknowledged theme is to convey the history of African Americans that has either been ignored or misreported I learned a lot about the Harlem Renaissance 1920 1940 and gained a greater appreciation for the depth and breadth of events of that time.

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    15. I m generally just a big fan of the big man, Kareem Abdul Jabbar He was a hero growing up as a Lakers star player and I have always loved the fact that he had so much depth to him than the typical star athlete Even impressive, he didn t let becoming a star change that He s a thinker and a learner and he always will be Thanks for the education KA J

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    16. A great historical review of the Harlem Renaissance and its many players A little tougher to make the connection between the author and that history, but still interesting I found the writing fairly uneven it appeared from the headings that Abdul Jabbar wrote pieces and the ghostwriter wrote pieces I preferred Kareem s voice and would have liked to read from him

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    17. Semi encyclopedic account of Kareem s interest in Harlem Leans heavily on honorific adjectives as he describes Harlem figures Good basketball details and excellent picture of Cab Calloway looking to play some tough D.

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    18. Very enjoyable informative overview of the Harlem Renaissance, how it impacted the life of Kareem Abdul Jabar Very enjoyable whether or not you are a basketball fan, and helpful for me to understand this era of American history.

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    19. I found It fascinating and informative I paticularly found the story of the migration to Harlem by blacks at the turn of the last century eye opening I loved this book Good job Kareem

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    20. This was a tremendous book that spanned both culture and sports within the Harlem Renaissance I found a lot of value in this book and learned a great deal

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    21. A very good book that discusses the history on the Harlem Renaissance Kareems personal experiences are mentioned the book isn t concentrated on him.

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    22. Harlem Renaissance through Jabbar s eyes.

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    23. Actually finished this six years ago or so after I last logged in to.

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    24. So far, I m really enjoying this It s a refreshing way to explore history.

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