Author, Anthony McDonald Offers an Additional Tool to Learn about African-American History through “Risen”

7ef6bd6c7a6b82dbb9460ec4b66a7d90It’s already February 2010, and Black History Month is in full-effect as one St. Louis native sets forth to create his own place in Black History. Author, Anthony McDonald has made it his business to share with the world another side of Black History in his book entitled: Risen: From Jamestown to the White House. McDonald’s book explores a wide spectrum of historic African-American figures that have been instrumental to our country.

As you thumb through the pages, you will become nostalgic as you recall learning black history greats such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and Harriet Tubman.  In addition to familiar favorites, McDonald takes you on a chronological walk through history with the inclusion of influential African-American contributors in science, politics, literature, entertainment, and economics, amongst others.

Risen highlights the great transformation of people from ex-slave, Anthony Johnson—the first wealthy African-American entrepreneur and land-owner in Jamestown, to President Barack Obama, the nation’s first African-American president.

McDonald is currently sharing his knowledge at schools and colleges in the Metro area.  He believes that the key to togetherness comes from understanding each individual’s culture and background in its factual entirety.   Former President of the Saint Louis Public School Board, Marlene Davis states that, “Risen is a book that when you open it your curiosity will be peaked.  By the fifth page- your depth and knowledge of history will be questioned and the need to finish it becomes immediate.  It is a book that belongs in classrooms across America.”

McDonald hopes that after reading Risen all readers will be able to realize that they too can rise above any situation.  He hopes that young people may be able to see that those before them overcame in harsher situations, so they too can overcome anything no matter how challenging their background may be.

Tune in to Hot 104.1 at 8:30 p.m. nightly February 1st through February 28th as Anthony McDonald joins Young Dip in offering Black History facts. Listeners can answer Risen trivia and qualify to win the Black History Prize Packs.  Risen winners can qualify to win the Grand Prize Drawing of Blue Print 3 concert tickets starring Jay-Z, Young Jeezy and Trey Songz at the Scott Trade Center on March 19th. For more info go to

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