New Book on Black History for Today’s Teens

Valley Forge, PA ( – Pastor, professor, and prolific author Marvin A. McMickle offers today’s youth an age-relevant look at African American culture and history in Profiles in Black: Phat Facts for Teens.

Believing that "Nothing is more important to the future of a people or a nation than a clear understanding of their past and of the roads and struggles that have led to any present moment," McMickle developed this youthful history of black America as a vital resource for educators, parents, and students alike. With its teen-friendly format including "Phat Facts" in history and the "411" on important individuals, Profiles in Black offers:

* A sampling/survey of African American history written chronologically so that the reader can see how history has unfolded over time

* A celebration of those persons and movements that refused to allow racism to set limits on their hopes and dreams

* Insight into the struggles and achievements of the past, with the hope that these stories and biographies can inspire this and future generations

From the first African slaves to the first black professional athletes, from the revival at Azusa Street to the civil rights movement, from the who’s who of historically black denominational leaders to the who’s who of popular African American culture, Profiles in Black highlights with rich illustrations, famous quotes, and "Phat Facts" the names and events that forged African American experience in the twenty-first century.

About the Author
Marvin A. McMickle is pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, where he has served since 1987. In the past twenty years, the church has thrived and become one of the most influential African American congregations in the city.

In addition to his pastorate, McMickle serves as professor of homiletics at Ashland Theological Seminary. A prolific author, McMickle’s titles include An Encyclopedia of African American Heritage, Battling Prostate Cancer, and Preaching to the Black Middle Class. This is his eighth Judson Press book.