'Decades before there was anything like an academic discipline of black
studies, J.A. Rogers was a one-man historical army fighting to rescue the
cultural contributions of Africans and African-descended peoples from the
neglect to which white-dominated history-writing had consigned them.
Publishing his own books and working without the benefit of any education
beyond the high school level, Rogers produced a long series of books between
1917 and 1966. An indefatigable researcher, he also had the gift of putting his
ideas in words that touched ordinary readers; his books brought him a modest
living, and many of them went through multiple editions.'