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Published in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, a biographical collection introduces 50 remarkable African American women, from Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks to Aretha Franklin and Michelle Obama. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.
From the end of the Civil War to the tumultuous issues in America today, an acclaimed historian reframes the conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America
Explains that although many adults do not care to admit it, color does still matter in the United States; discusses racism and the fight against it; and argues that bias is a problem for whites, but that white people do not have to accept it
Inspired by the African American Policy Forum’s #SayHerName campaign and the work of such notables as Lucille Clifton and Nikki Giovanni, a collection of poems stands as a tribute to Black Lives Matter activists and victims of police brutality. 25,000 first printing.
Featuring illustrations by the Caldecott Medalist and five-time Coretta Scott King Award winner, a lavish introduction to Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech shares insights into its original intent and unexpected legacy. Illustrations.
Shares the life of the groundbreaking mathematician, including her childhood where she showed an incredible aptitude for math, the daily challenges she faced from both racism and sexism, and her work with NASA
A lavishly illustrated picture book adaptation of the inspiring story of the four brilliant mathematicians who were pivotal to the success of America's space program, written by one of their associates, describes how they overcame the harsh limitations imposed on black women in the segregated 1960s. 50,000 first printing.
Traces the life of Sojourner Truth from her enslaved childhood and remarkable emancipation through her history-shaping leadership while advocating for equal rights for women and African Americans. By the Newbery Honor-winning author of The Wednesday Wars
A New York Times best-selling author and a Caldecott Honoree present a picture book biography about the remarkable congresswoman Barbara Jordan, a lawyer, educator, politician and civil rights leader whose big, bold, confident voice and whose struggles, mission and perseverance in the face of adversity continue to inspire today. Simultaneous eBook
An uplifting picture book inspired by one of Hughes' most celebrated poems, "Dream Variation," features an African-American boy who escapes the harsh realities of segregation and prejudice by dreaming of a life filled with freedom, hope and wonderful possibilities.
Illustrated biographies featuring a range of fascinating figures from history (and current figures, too!) provide great information and entertainment through short chapters and illustrations that will appeal to reluctant readers as well as middle readers in general. Original. Simultaneous eBook.