Our Stories: The African-American Experience

Ruth and the Green Book

By Calvin Alexander Ramsey with Gwen Strauss

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When Ruth and her parents take a motor trip from Chicago to Alabama to visit her grandma, they rely on a pamphlet called "The Negro Motorist Green Book" to find places that will serve them.

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Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story

By Angela Shelf Medearis

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When they are given the seemingly impossible task of turning thread into gold, the seven Ashanti brothers put aside their differences, learn to get along, and embody the principles of Kwanzaa.

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Shake, Shake, Shake

By Andrea and Brian Pinkney

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A mother and her young children enjoy playing with an African instrument called the shekere.

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Show Way

By Jacqueline Woodson

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The making of "Show Ways," or quilts which once served as secret maps for freedom-seeking slaves, is a tradition passed from mother to daughter in the author's family.

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Sit-in: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down

By Andrea Davis Pinkney

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A celebration of when four college students staged a peaceful protest that became a defining moment in the struggle for racial equality and the growing civil rights movement.

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The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County

By Janice N. Harrington

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A young farm girl tries to catch her favorite chicken, until she learns something about the hen that makes her change her ways.

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The Negro Speaks of Rivers

By Langston Hughes

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A beautifully illustrated rendition of the famous poem.

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The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Civil Rights

By Russell Freedman

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In the mid-1930s, Marian Anderson was a famed vocalist who had been applauded by European royalty and welcomed at the White House. But, because of her race, she was denied the right to sing at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. This is the story of her resulting involvement in the civil rights movement of the time.

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We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

By Kadir Nelson

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Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947.

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Where's Jamela?

By Niki Daly

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When Mama gets a new job and a new house, everyone is excited about moving except Jamela who likes her old house just fine.

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