Great African Americans: Books for Independent Readers
Raised in Jakarta and Hawaii, Barack Obama has become a force for social change, first as an Illinois Senator and then as President of the United States. This first-ever picture book about Obama follows his life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In a warm, personal voice, Tonya Bolden explores what it has meant to be young and black in America.
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.
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 decides to
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.