This lavish photography book captures the dynamism of 75 legendary African Americans through powerful images and penetrating words, showcasing the indelible imprint they have made on the United States and the world. A comment on each iconic figuremade by someone who knew the legend well or is carrying on their legacy todaycaptures the vision and contribution of each subject. AIA Legends is a companion volume to the historic America I AM: The African American Imprint, a traveling museum exhibition, presented by Tavis Smiley and sponsored by Wal-Mart. This beautifully conceived work highlights the central theme of the exhibition, posed by W.E.B. Du Bois, ';Would America have been America without her Negro people?' Whether black artistic genius, athletic excellence, political leadership, scientific innovation, or the struggle to make America true to its promise, each legend reminds us that America would be unrecognizable without the African American imprint. America I AM Legends takes us on an unforgettable journey to the heart of the American experience.