Our Stories: The African-American Experience

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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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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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 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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Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells: The Daring Life of a Crusading Journalist

By Philip Dray

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Biography of Ida B.Wells-Barnett, a journalist and teacher who wrote about and spoke against the injustices suffered by Africans Americans.
 

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Donavan’s Double Trouble

By Monalisa DeGros

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Fourth-grader Donavan is sensitive about the problems he has understanding math, and then when his favorite uncle, a former high school basketball star, returns from National Guard duty an amputee, Donavan's problems get even worse as he struggles to accept this "new" Uncle Vic.

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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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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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