Our Stories: The African-American Experience

Dave the Potter

By Laban Carrick Hill

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To us it is just dirt, the ground we walk on... But to Dave it was clay, the plain and basic stuff upon which he formed a life as a slave nearly 200 years ago.

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Dizzy

By Jonah Winter

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This is the story of Dizzy Gillespie, a trumpet player, who created a whole new kind of music: Bebop.

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Donavan’s Double Trouble

By Monalisa DeGros

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Fourth-grader Donavan is sensitive about the problems he has understanding math, and then when his favorite uncle, a former high school basketball star, returns from National Guard duty an amputee, Donavan's problems get even worse as he struggles to accept this "new" Uncle Vic.

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Elsina’s Clouds

By Jeanette Winter

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In South Africa, a Basotho girl paints designs on her house as a prayer to the ancestors for rain.

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Fight on! Mary Church Terrell's Battle for Integration

By Dennis Brindell Fradin & Judith Bloom Fradin

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Profiles the first black Washington, D.C. Board of Education member, who helped to found the NAACP and organized of pickets and boycotts that led to the 1953 Supreme Court decision to integrate D.C. area restaurants.

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Flower Girl Butterflies

By Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard

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Sarah is both excited and nervous about being the flower girl in her aunt's wedding.

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For You are a Kenyan Child

By Kelly Cunnane

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From rooster crow to bedtime, a Kenyan boy plays and visits neighbors all through his village, even though he is supposed to be watching his grandfather's cows.

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Freedom on the Menu: the Greensboro Sit-ins

By Carole Boston Weatherford

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The 1960 civil rights sit-ins at the Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, are seen through the eyes of a young Southern black girl.

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Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement

By Ann Bausum

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Compares and contrasts the childhoods of John Lewis and James Zwerg in a way that helps young readers understand the segregated experience of our nation's past. It shows how a common interest in justice created the convergent path that enabled these young men to meet as Freedom Riders on a bus journey south.

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Henry's Freedom Box

By Ellen Levine

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A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry "Box" Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.

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