Horne’s book is an essay on what it means to be Black in urban America and the impact of historical Black figures on our way of life. He does not like the term African-American, because he feels it strips culturally diverse people of their differences, much as early settlers used the word Indian to strip individual tribes of their uniqueness. He makes a valid point that Black history and American history intertwined and that slavery is just a small part of that history. Horne conveys his strong belief that drugs, gangs, and getting a good education are more relevant to the success of young Blacks than worry over racism or whether or not their ancestors were slaves. Horne also references numerous leading Black Americans of the past, including inventors, politicians, businessmen and others, noting they achieved this success way before Affirmative Action or any other public assistance. If you want a feisty, no-holds-barred view of Black America, Horne delivers. Don’t be surprised if your curiosity about Grandville T. Woods, Robert Smalls, S. B. Fuller, Paul Cuffe, Henry Blair, Norbert Rillieux, and others is piqued in the process.
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dier in the United States Army during the Viet Nam war and received an honorable discharge after years of faithfulservice. After discharge, he began seminary education at Aenon Bible College and has been an ordained minister in
the State of Illinois for more than 20 years. As a minister, Horne volunteered for many years as a Bible teacher at
Cook County Jail and as a Sunday school teacher at his local church. Horne has worked for more than 15 years as aCompliance Inspector for the State of Illinois Department of Agriculture and is currently an official candidate for Dis-
trict 35 Illinois House of Representative.