Our Stories: The African-American Experience

5,000 Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft’s Flight from Slavery

By Judith Bloom Fradin

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Ellen and William Craft were two of the few slaves to ever escape from the Deep South. Their first escape took them to Philadelphia, then on to Boston pursued by slave hunters, and finally 5000 miles across the ocean to England, where they were able to settle peacefully.

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A Sweet Smell of Roses

By Angela Johnson

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There's a sweet, sweet smell in the air as two young girls sneak out of their house, down the street, and across town to where men and women are gathered, ready to march for freedom and justice.

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Back of the Bus

By Aaron Reynolds, Floyd Cooper (illustrator)

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From the back of the bus, an African American child watches the arrest of Rosa Parks.

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Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal

By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

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As a deputy U.S. Marshal--and former slave who escaped to freedom in the Indian Territories--Bass was cunning and fearless.

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Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope

By Nikki Grimes

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Barack Obama has become a force for social change, first as an Illinois Senator and now as President of the United States.

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Black and White Airmen: Their True History

By John Fleischman

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Two young men, grew up in the same neighborhood and served in the same Air Force, but didn’t meet until they were old men because their race had kept them apart.

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Circle Unbroken: The Story of a Basket and Its People

By Margot Theis Raven

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A grandmother tells the tale of Gullahs and their beautiful sweetgrass baskets that keep their African heritage alive.

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Come Sunday

By Nikki Grimes

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A little girl describes a typical Sunday from the moment her mother wakes her up through the different elements of the worship service in church.

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Coming on Home Soon

By Jacqueline Woodson

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After Mama takes a job in Chicago during World War II, Ada Ruth stays with Grandma but misses her mother who loves her more than rain and snow.

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Crafts that Celebrate Black History

By Kathy Ross

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Provides step-by-step instructions for twenty easy crafts which celebrate the accomplishments of different African Americans, including inventors, activists, educators, and others.

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