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5 Great Books to Celebrate Black History (page 2)

5 Great Books to Celebrate Black History

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Updated on May 15, 2014

Rosa Parks: Courageous Citizenship by Ruth Ashby

This book introduces kids to Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights Movement that she helped to spark. With clear language and rare documentary photography, Ashby tells the story of the 42-year-old seamstress from Montgomery, Alabama, who stood up to inequality by refusing to move to the back of the bus. Parks' version of civil disobedience took the form of a simple protest--making her story accessible to children. The message of hope, courage and justice shines through the violence of those times, and lifts her up as an inspiration to future generations. A great life story, and a great read, for fifth graders.

Still I Rise by Roland Laird with Taneshia Nash Laird, illustrations by Elihu “Adofo” Bey

This graphic novel tells the history of African Americans with honesty, art, keen perception, and humor. Take the magnitude and scope of The People’s History of the United States and make it consumable for teens—complete with gripping comic-book illustrations, understandable language, and a witty narrator, to boot. Starting with the arrival of Africans to Jamestown in the 17th century, this book takes teens through the annals of black history—from the slave uprisings leading to the Civil War, to reconstruction, to the Civil Rights Movement, and the election of President Barack Obama. From famous names like Booker T. Washington to little-known figures, such as Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black Studies, Still I Rise tells the story of the black people who shaped America culturally, economically and politically. Perfect for middle schoolers and high schoolers.

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