Black History Month is a time to celebrate and recognize the African American community, culture, and history. From the personal stories of civil rights leaders to artists, musicians, scientists, and more, your child will love learning about their momentous contributions and accomplishments throughout history.
For example, I Am Ruby Bridges tells the story of Ruby Bridges who, at the tender age of six, became a pioneer of the civil rights movement by being the first Black child to attend an all-white school in Louisiana during desegregation. This moving, powerful book shows readers what her experiences were like through Ruby's eyes and with her own words.
In Martin Rising: Requiem for a King, best-selling author Andrea Davis Pinkney combines her poetic requiem and her husband Brian Pinkney's beautiful artwork to create an ode to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his powerful work during the civil rights movement and how it shaped America.
Meanwhile, Sharon Robinson's Child of the Dream details her experiences during segregation in Alabama in 1963. Daughter of famed baseball legend Jackie Robinson, Sharon and her family have experiences most people could only dream of, like hosting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at their Connecticut home and being front-row at the Apollo Theater. But the Robinsons also deal with many challenges, like being the only Black family in their wealthy Connecticut neighborhood. As Sharon deals with her isolation during the civil rights movement, she learns to find her own voice.
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