Our Stories: The African-American Experience

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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The Negro Speaks of Rivers

By Langston Hughes

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A beautifully illustrated rendition of the famous poem.

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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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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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Crafts that Celebrate Black History

By Kathy Ross

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Provides step-by-step instructions for twenty easy crafts which celebrate the accomplishments of different African Americans, including inventors, activists, educators, and others.

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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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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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Juneteenth

By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Drew Nelson

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Learn about how freedom came to the slaves in June 1865.

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