Our Stories: The African-American Experience

Jazzy Miz Mozetta

By Brenda C. Roberts

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On a beautiful evening, Miz Mozetta puts on her red dress and blue shoes and dances the jitterbug just like she did many years before.

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Freedom on the Menu: the Greensboro Sit-ins

By Carole Boston Weatherford

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The 1960 civil rights sit-ins at the Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, are seen through the eyes of a young Southern black girl.

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For You are a Kenyan Child

By Kelly Cunnane

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From rooster crow to bedtime, a Kenyan boy plays and visits neighbors all through his village, even though he is supposed to be watching his grandfather's cows.

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Flower Girl Butterflies

By Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard

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Sarah is both excited and nervous about being the flower girl in her aunt's wedding.

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Elsina’s Clouds

By Jeanette Winter

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In South Africa, a Basotho girl paints designs on her house as a prayer to the ancestors for rain.

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Coming on Home Soon

By Jacqueline Woodson

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After Mama takes a job in Chicago during World War II, Ada Ruth stays with Grandma but misses her mother who loves her more than rain and snow.

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Come Sunday

By Nikki Grimes

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A little girl describes a typical Sunday from the moment her mother wakes her up through the different elements of the worship service in church.

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Circle Unbroken: The Story of a Basket and Its People

By Margot Theis Raven

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A grandmother tells the tale of Gullahs and their beautiful sweetgrass baskets that keep their African heritage alive.

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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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Back of the Bus

By Aaron Reynolds, Floyd Cooper (illustrator)

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From the back of the bus, an African American child watches the arrest of Rosa Parks.

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