African American

After Tupac and D Foster

Jacqueline Woodson

"The summer before D Foster's real mama came and took her away, Tupac wasn't dead yet. From this first line in her quiet, powerful novel, Woodson cycles backward through the events that lead to dual tragedies: a friend's departure and a hero's death. In a close-knit African American neighborhood in Queens, New York, the unnamed narrator lives across from her best friend, Neeka. Then D Foster wanders onto the block, and the three 11-year-old girls quickly become inseparable.

9780142413999
Middle School

 

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Day of Tears

Julius Lester

Emma has taken care of the Butler children since Sarah and Frances's mother, Fanny, left. Emma wants to raise the girls to have good hearts, as a rift over slavery has ripped the Butler household apart. Now, to pay off debts, Pierce Butler wants to cash in his slave "assets", possibly including Emma.

0786804904
High School
Middle School

Freeing Charles: The Struggle to Free a Slave on the Eve of the Civil War

By Scott Christianson

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Down the old plank road from Fredericksburg towards Culpeper--today's Route 3 West, you'll find the still-standing and ruined remains of many a grand Virginia plantation. One of these was home to Charles Nalle, who escaped from slavery in hopes of reuniting with his already-freed wife and children. In 1860, the streets of Troy, New York, became the scene of a struggle between the Harriet Tubman's Underground Railroad supporters and the slave hunters who had been sent to retrieve him.

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He's got the whole world in his hands

By Kadir Nelson

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A picture-book interpretation of one of America's best-known songs, focusing on landscapes and images of a boy and his family. Includes printed melody-line and all four verses.
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The Kayla Chronicles

By Sherri Winston

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Kayla transforms herself from mild-mannered journalist to hot-trotting dance diva in order to properly investigate her high school's dance team, and has a hard time remaining true to her real self while in the role.

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Come All You Brave Soldiers : Blacks in the Revolutionary War

By Clinton Cox

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Tells the story of the thousands of black men who served as soldiers fighting for independence from England during the American Revolutionary War.

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Revolutionary Citizens: African Americans, 1776-1804

By Daniel C. Littlefield

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Chronicles the lives of African Americans during the Revolutionary War and the early years of the nation.
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African American Entrepreneurs

By Jim Haskins

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Profiles a variety of African American entrepreneurs, from the early years, through the Civil War and Reconstruction, to modern times.
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African-American Religious Leaders

By Jim Haskins and Kathleen Benson

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The 25 leaders are arranged in chronological sections from the revolutionary era to the present.

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Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie: A story about Edna Lewis

By Robbin Gourley

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From the whippoorwill's call on the first day of spring through the first snowfall, Edna and members of her family gather fruits, berries, and vegetables from the fields, garden, and orchard on their Virginia farm and turn them into wonderful meals. Includes facts about the life of Edna Lewis, a descendant of slaves who grew up to be a famous chef, and five recipes.

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