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Rodney, Lester 1911-2009

Overview
Works: 24 works in 45 publications in 1 language and 1,522 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Documentary films  Internet videos  History  Biographical films  Short films  Nonfiction films  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Interviews 
Roles: Interviewee, Author
Classifications: PN1997, E
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Lester Rodney
Press box red : the story of Lester Rodney, the communist who helped break the color line in American sports by Irwin Silber( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chester Himes : a rage in Harlem, internationally acclaimed writer( Visual )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chester Himes born 1909 in Jefferson, Missouri into a middle class academic black family was an internationally acclaimed African American writer who created a violent and cynical picture of the black experience in America by writing about his encounters with racism. This program is a moving portrait of a man who used his literary talents to vent his rage against an unjust society. In 1928 when Chester Himes was nineteen, he was chained upside down, beaten by police until he confessed to an armed robbery, sentenced for 20 to 25 years, and incarcerated in the Ohio State Penitentiary. By the time he was paroled in 1936, he had become a nationally known writer publishing stories in the African-American periodicals and Esquire. His novels, short stories and screenplays were mostly about black protagonists doomed by white racism and hate. By the 1950s Himes had decided to settle in France permanently, a country he liked in part due to his critical popularity there. Living among other expatriate writers that included James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison and Richard Wright, he published a series of black detective novels set in Harlem in the 50s and 60s that established Chester Himes international reputation as an author and literary equal of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler
Paul Robeson : 20th Century Renaissance Man, Entertainer & Activist( Visual )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paul Robeson was a celebrated African-American Actor, Athlete, Singer, Writer, and Civil Rights Activist. Robeson's many achievements are chronicled in this program, ranging from playing with the NFL to graduating from Columbia Law School, performing on Broadway and in Hollywood films to founding the American Crusade against Lynching as well as Council on African Affairs. Robeson was one of the most talented performers of his time and a dedicated humanitarian who ultimately sacrificed fame and fortune for what he believed in. His association with Leftist Politics during the era of the Cold War, and frequent denouncing of American political parties led to his eventual blacklisting with other prominent writers and artists during the McCarthy Era. His talents in all areas are remarkable, and his dedication to attaining a peaceful coexistence between all the people of the world is truly admirable
Famous activists : Paul Robeson & Richard Wright( Visual )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paul Robeson: One of the most talented performers of his time and a dedicated humanitarian who ultimately sacrificed fame and fortune for what he believed in. Richard Wright: A major influence on world literature and politics, who brought the Black Experience to the forefront of social discourse
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams : first Black heart surgeon in America( Visual )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Daniel Hale Williams was an African American cardiologist that performed the first successful open heart surgery. He also founded Provident Hospital, the first non segregated hospital in the U.S. Dr. Williams was an extraordinary man of incredible talent and merit and his exceptional accomplishments are documented with great care in this inspiring program. Born to freed people of color in 1856, he attended medical school at what is now Northwestern University in Chicago to become a practicing surgeon. His observations that American Blacks were treated as second class citizens within the medical community, both professionally and as patients, motivated him to establish and run the first hospital for Blacks in the United States; Provident Hospital. Williams set up the first nursing school for Blacks and performed one of the first open heart surgeries in the world. His encounters with institutionalized racism gave him the courage and determination to create more hospitals and educational programs like the one he had at Provident. In 1885 he cofounded the National Medical Association for Black Doctors and openly encouraged African Americans to support hospitals that would offer first rate care to African Americans. In 1913, he became a charter member and only African American in the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Daniel Hale Williams notable achievements as a Cardiac Surgeon helped to revolutionize the field of medicine and humanize its practices
Famous writers : Chester Himes & Ralph Ellison( Visual )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program is a moving portrait of a man who used his literary talents to vent his rage against an unjust society. Also, Ralph Ellison's ambitious journey from a childhood of hardship and poverty to celebrated African American writer is chronicled in this inspiring program
Famous human rights crusaders : Ida B. Wells & Fannie Lou Hammer( Visual )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ida B. Wells: A community organizer and grass roots leader who was a precursor of the modern Civil Rights movement. Fannie Lou Hamer: An inspiration to anyone who has ever faced oppression & a powerful reminder of what one individual is capable of achieving in the face of adversity. One of the true icons of the Civil Rights movement
Richard Wright : native son, author and activist( Visual )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Wright was an African-American author of novels, short stories and non-fiction that dealt with powerful themes and controversial topics. Much of his works concerned racial themes that helped redefine discussions of race relations in America in the mid-20th century. Born on a plantation in Mississippi, Wright was a descendent of the first slaves who arrived in Jamestown Massachusetts. This program follows his arduous path from sharecropper to literary giant. Through authors like H.L. Menken, Sinclair Lewis, Theodore Dreiser, he discovered that literature could be used as a catalyst for social change. In 1937 Wright moved to New York and his work began to garner national attention for its political and social commentary. Much of Wright's writing focused on the African American community and experience; his novel Native Son won him a Guggenheim Fellowship and was adapted to the Broadway stage with Orson Welles directing in 1941. In 1946, Wright was fed up with America's treatment of its black citizens and became an expatriate in Paris, France where he joined a circle that included famous Existentialists Jean-Paul Sarte and Albert Camus. Though he quit his formal education at only 15 years old, Richard Wright was a major influence on world literature & politics, and brought the black experience to the forefront of social discourse
Charles Drew : revolutionized medical science( Visual )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles Drew born 1904, was an African American physician and medical researcher who revolutionized the field of medicine with developments in blood work. Growing up in Washington, D.C., Drew excelled in everything he approached but his life and career ambitions always faced an upward battle due to the color of his skin. His research on plasma and transfusions in the 1930s led to discoveries relating to the separation and preservation of blood and the establishment of the world famous American Red Cross. Drew was the first doctor to work for the ARC and oversaw the first blood drive, 'Blood for Britain', which supplied blood plasma to the British fighting in World War II, saving thousands of allied lives. He protested against the prevalent practice of racial segregation in the donation of blood from donors of different races on the basis that it lacked scientific foundation. Charles Drew set a standard of excellence unparalleled by most of his white contemporaries. In 1943, his distinction in his profession was recognized when he became the first Black surgeon to serve as an examiner on the American Board of Surgery. Despite the prejudices of American society in the first half of the 20th century, Charles Drew persevered in his practice and was never afraid to stand up for his beliefs and racial equality
The insurance sector in the Middle East and North Africa : challenges and development agenda by Lester Rodney( )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper studies the causes of the low development of the insurance sector in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region, particularly for long term insurance. The paper shows that life and non-life premiums, as well as assets, are very low relative to expected levels given per capita income and demographic characteristics, and examines the causes of such poor performance. There is a wide range of factors constraining the development of the industry, including the absence of mandatory insurance in key areas, the predominant presence of the state in some countries, gaps in regulation and supervision, unsupportive tax regimes, fragmented market structures, a chronic lack of suitably skilled people, as well as the absence of products that conform with cultural/religious preferences, especially in the case of life insurance. The lack of development of the insurance sector is a matter of concern, as research shows that the sector can contribute to both financial and economic development. Key recommendations to accelerate the development of the sector include wider introduction of mandatory insurance lines that have clear positive externalities, continuing the privatization process for government owned insurers, employing non capital techniques to force rationalization of insurance sectors with too many small and inefficient players, removing tax distortions, taking steps to stabilize motor third party liability markets (typically the largest line of business), strengthening reporting and disclosure, regulating banc-assurance, improving consumer protection, further developing Takaful long term insurance ('Family Insurance'), and establishing regional centers of excellence for skills development
Charles Drew - determined to succeed( Visual )

in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of Charles Drew, the founder of the Blood Bank and an organizer of Blood for Britain during World War II
The Insurance Sector in the Middle East and North Africa Challenges and Development Agenda by Lester Rodney( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper studies the causes of the low development of the insurance sector in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region, particularly for long term insurance. The paper shows that life and non-life premiums, as well as assets, are very low relative to expected levels given per capita income and demographic characteristics, and examines the causes of such poor performance. There is a wide range of factors constraining the development of the industry, including the absence of mandatory insurance in key areas, the predominant presence of the state in some countries, gaps in regulation and supervision, unsupportive tax regimes, fragmented market structures, a chronic lack of suitably skilled people, as well as the absence of products that conform with cultural/religious preferences, especially in the case of life insurance. The lack of development of the insurance sector is a matter of concern, as research shows that the sector can contribute to both financial and economic development. Key recommendations to accelerate the development of the sector include wider introduction of mandatory insurance lines that have clear positive externalities, continuing the privatization process for government owned insurers, employing non capital techniques to force rationalization of insurance sectors with too many small and inefficient players, removing tax distortions, taking steps to stabilize motor third party liability markets (typically the largest line of business), strengthening reporting and disclosure, regulating banc-assurance, improving consumer protection, further developing Takaful long term insurance ('Family Insurance'), and establishing regional centers of excellence for skills development
Ida B. Wells : crusader for human rights( Visual )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ida B. Wells walked the long road from slavery to freedom and equality. Born 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi to parents who were former slaves, she rose to challenge and strongly condemned American lynching in the South. Her work as teacher, journalist and human rights activist brought worldwide attention to this brutality. She was a community organizer and grass roots leader who was a precursor of the modern Civil Rights movement. Her inspiring story takes us from Memphis, to Chicago, Washington D.C. and England. From penning editorials and publishing the first expose on the horrors of lynching, The Red Record, to touring America and Europe as a speaker and protestor, Ida B. Wells was a true crusader in the fight to preserve human rights. Her relentless public battle against the injustices of lynching won her more enemies than friends in her time, but she is remembered today as a strong woman, tireless crusader and a true American hero
OTL weekend (2/28/10) : Lester Rodney feature( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This story was a special Black History Month segment for one of ESPN's regular programs "Outside the Lines" (OTL). It's about the efforts of Lester Rodney, a sports editor for the Daily Worker, to integrate big league baseball in the 1930s and 1940s - long before Jackie Robinson broke the color line. Includes an interview with Lester Rodney. Also includes footage of the Daily Worker newspaper and photographs from the CPUSA Daily Worker collection, shot by the ESPN film crew at the Tamiment Library of New York University
What drives the development of the insurance sector? : an empirical analysis based on a panel of developed and developing countries by Erik Feyen( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abstract: The insurance sector can play a critical role in financial and economic development. By reducing uncertainty and the impact of large losses, the sector can encourage new investments, innovation, and competition. As financial intermediaries with long investment horizons, insurance companies can contribute to the provision of long-term instruments to finance corporate investment and housing. There is evidence of a causal relationship between insurance sector development and economic growth. However, there have been few studies examining the factors that drive the development of the insurance industry. This paper contributes to the literature by examining the determinants of insurance premiums (both life and non-life premiums) and total assets for a panel of about 90 countries during the period 2000-08. The results show that life sector premiums are driven by per capita income, population size and density, demographic structures, income distribution, the size of the public pension system, state ownership of insurance companies, the availability of private credit, and religion. The non-life sector is affected by these and other variables. While some of these drivers are structural, the results also show that the development of the insurance sector can be influenced by a number of policy variables
 
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Press box red : the story of Lester Rodney, the communist who helped break the color line in American sports
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Lester Rodney Amerikaans schrijver (1911-2009)

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