Our Stories: The African-American Experience

Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat

By Nikki Giovanni

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More than 50 poems and an accompanying CD introduce poetry with a beat.
 

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Jazz

By Walter Dean Myers

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Illustrations and poems celebrate the roots of Jazz music.

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Jazzy Miz Mozetta

By Brenda C. Roberts

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On a beautiful evening, Miz Mozetta puts on her red dress and blue shoes and dances the jitterbug just like she did many years before.

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Juneteenth

By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Drew Nelson

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Learn about how freedom came to the slaves in June 1865.

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Keena Ford and the Second Grade Mix-up

By Melissa Thomson

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Keena Ford chronicles her many mishaps as she begins second grade.

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Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters

By Andrea Davis Pinkney

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"Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus and sparked a boycott that changed America. Harriet Tubman helped more than three hundred slaves escape the South on the Underground Railroad. Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. The lives these women led are part of an incredible story about courage in the face of oppression; about the challenges and triumphs of the battle for civil rights; and about speaking out for what you believe in--even when it feels like no one is listening."
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Liberty Street

By Candice Ransom

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Young Kezia is a slave, living in nineteenth-century Fredericksburg, Virginia, until her mother helps her escape.

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Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don't You Grow Weary

By Elizabeth Partridge

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This book recounts the three months of protest that took place before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s landmark march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery to promote equal rights and help African-Americans earn the right to vote.

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Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led her People to Freedom

By Carole Boston Weatherford

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Describes Tubman’s spiritual journey as she hears the voice of God guiding her north to freedom on that very first trip to escape the brutal practice of forced servitude.

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