30 timelines chart significant periods or individual lifespans that are key to an understanding of Black history. The book offers a chronology of the rise and fall of African civilisations from earliest times to the post-colonial era and includes portraits of significant figures - from Kings and Queens of ancient Africa to modern day role models such as Nelson Mandela or Wangari Maathai. African history is juxtaposed with events in the USA and Caribbean, and the unfolding consequences of the slave trade. The long fight to abolish slavery and to secure civil rights is interwoven with timelines of struggles for independence in African colonies. Whilst the main focus is on eminent political and cultural leaders in African and American history, there are also references to British Black history with profiles of figures such as Olaudah Equiano, Mary Seacole, Stormz and Doreen Lawrence. Information is presented in an arresting visual manner with small section of text incorporated in charts, maps, illustration and collages of photographs and other images. The book offers a springboard and stimulus for further discovery in its series of overviews, parallels and comparisons: a valuable resource.