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Find biographies of African Americans who made their mark and fiction that reflects the experiences of ordinary people.
 
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Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope
by Nikki Grimes Illustrated by Bryan Collier

Raised in Jakarta and Hawaii, Barack Obama has become a force for social change, first as an Illinois Senator and now as President-elect of the United States. This first-ever picture book about Obama follows his life. Full color.

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Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States
Series: Days of Jubilee
by Fredrick L. McKissack , Patricia C. McKissack Illustrated by Leo Dillon , Dianne Dillon

The day a slave was freed was his or her Day of Jubilee. Listen to the stories of how some of those days came to be.

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Cover image for I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, A Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865
I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, A Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865
Series: Dear America
by Joyce Hansen

Since she had secretly learned to read and write as a slave, 12-year-old Patsy is able to document her new life and dreams now that she is free. A time that isn't often written about, the Reconstruction Period offers a fascinating milieu for the reflections of a young girl as she determines what freedom means to her.

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The Land
by Mildred D. Taylor

After the Civil War, Paul, the son of a white father and a black mother, finds himself caught between the two worlds of colored folks and white folks as he pursues his dream of owning land of his own.

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Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary: By Any Means Necessary
by Walter Dean Myers

Martyr. Prophet. Hustler. Dealer. Troublemaker. Revolutionary.

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Rosa Parks: My Story
Series: Rosa Parks
by Rosa Parks , Jim Haskins

Rosa Parks is widely known as perhaps the single most important symbol of the civil rights movement. Her refusal to give up her seat to a white man in the colored section of a segregated bus in December 1955, could be said to have incited the movement that eventually led to the end of segregation laws in the South.

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Separate but Not Equal: The Dream and the Struggle
by Jim Haskins

From an award-winning author comes a concise, dramatic, and moving history of the ongoing struggle of African-Americans for education rights. From Colonial times to the groundbreaking case of Brown v.

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Cover image for Tell All the Children Our Story: Memories and Mementoes of Being Young and Black in America
Tell All the Children Our Story: Memories and Mementoes of Being Young and Black in America
by Tonya Bolden

In a warm, personal voice, Tonya Bolden explores what it has meant to be young and black in America.

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Through My Eyes
by Ruby Bridges

On November 14, 1960, a tiny, six-year-old black child, surrounded by federal marshals, walked through a mob of screaming segregationists and into her school. From where she sat in the school's office, Ruby Bridges could see parents marching through the halls and taking their children out of classrooms.

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True North: A Novel of the Underground Railroad
by Kathryn Lasky

This historical novel, set in 1858 (pre- Civil War) parallels the separate but profoundly related life experiences of two girls: Lucy feels stifled by her uptight, upper-middle-class life in Boston and wishes she could leave it forever; Afrika, a slave, is desperately searching for a way to find freedom and de

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
by Christopher Paul Curtis

Enter the world of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. When Momma and Dad decide it's time for a visit to Grandma, Dad comes home with the amazing Ultra-Glide, and the Watsons head South to Birmingham, Alabama...toward one of the darkest moments in America's history.

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To Be a Slave: 30th Anniversary Edition
by Julius Lester Illustrated by Tom Feelings

The humiliation and ostracism of slavery is described in vivid and often painful detail by black men and women who were once slaves themselves. For mature readers.

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