Our Stories: The African-American Experience

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal

By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

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As a deputy U.S. Marshal--and former slave who escaped to freedom in the Indian Territories--Bass was cunning and fearless.

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Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope

By Nikki Grimes

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Barack Obama has become a force for social change, first as an Illinois Senator and now as President of the United States.

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Black and White Airmen: Their True History

By John Fleischman

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Two young men, grew up in the same neighborhood and served in the same Air Force, but didn’t meet until they were old men because their race had kept them apart.

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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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5,000 Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft’s Flight from Slavery

By Judith Bloom Fradin

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Ellen and William Craft were two of the few slaves to ever escape from the Deep South. Their first escape took them to Philadelphia, then on to Boston pursued by slave hunters, and finally 5000 miles across the ocean to England, where they were able to settle peacefully.

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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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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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