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Giving Back lifts up seldom-celebrated traditions of giving among Americans of African descent. Rarely acknowledged as philanthropy, these centuries-old cultural customs and beliefs nevertheless continue to have an impact on lives and communities. Images and narratives of more than 200 people commemorate the legacy of black philanthropists - from generous donors of wealth ...more
Hardcover, 365 pages
Published November 28th 2011 by John F. Blair, Publisher (first published October 1st 2011)
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Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Giving Back is a lovely mix of personal stories, quotations and answers to questions on philanthropy, the variety spread throughout the book in a way that keeps you engaged. I read this book from cover to cover, but it could just be dipped into every now and then, and I am certain this is what I will continue to do for the rest of my life as they inspire, restore your faith in humanity and provide wise lessons.

I only thing I would say that is perhaps slightly negative is that I would have
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Chad
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous book of inspiration that tells countless stories of ordinary people undertaking extraordinary efforts. The words tell thousands of stories and the pictures are worth a thousand words. The characters captured within it tell personal testimonials. A few tell a story of an elder or mentor who embodied the strength and resolve needed to live.

It harkens back to the timeless collections Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats and I Dream A World published in 2000 and 1989,
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Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Amazing photos, motivating message, great stories that are within reach of everyone. Highly recommend this book as a gift for the person who "has everything".
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