Our Stories: The African-American Experience

Music from Our Lord’s Holy Heaven

By Gloria Jean Pinkney

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Twenty-two African-American spirituals and reverential songs; includes a CD.

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My First Kwanzaa

By My First Kwanzaa

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A girl describes how she and her family celebrate the seven days of Kwanzaa.

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My People

By Langston Hughes

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Hughes's spare yet eloquent tribute to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Smith interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today.

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Night Boat to Freedom

By Margot Theis Raven

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At the request of his fellow slave Granny Judith, Christmas John risks his life to take runaways across a river from Kentucky to Ohio. Based on slave narratives recorded in the 1930s.

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Ninth Ward

By Jewell Parker Rhodes

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In New Orleans' Ninth Ward, twelve-year-old Lanesha, who can see spirits, and her adopted grandmother have no choice but to stay and weather the storm as Hurricane Katrina bears down upon them.

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Obama: The Historic Journey

By Jill Abramson

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Photographs and text adapted from "New York Times" articles trace Barack Obama's journey from his birth in Hawaii, through his political career in Chicago and his primary and presidential campaigns, to his inauguration in 2009.

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One Crazy Summer

By Rita Williams-Garcia

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In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

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Precious and the Boo Hag

By Patricia C. McKissack and Onawumi Jean Moss

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Home alone with a stomachache while the family works in the fields, a young girl faces up to the horrifying Boo Hag that her brother warned her about.

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Pretty Brown Face

By Andrea and Brian Pinkney

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A baby discovers why his pretty brown face is so special.

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Rosa

By Nikki Giovanni

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This picture- book tribute to Mrs. Parks is a celebration of her courageous action and the events that followed.

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