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African American: True Books
Biographies and other nonfiction about heroic African Americans.
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  Cover Art: What Color is My World? : the Lost History of African-American Inventors Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem
What Color is My World? : the Lost History of African-American Inventors
Using a story format, this book brings to light facts about many unsung Black inventors who were behind discoveries like the lightbulb, open-heart surgery and even the ice cream scoop.
[40] p. 2012
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: George Washington Carver Bolden, Tonya
George Washington Carver
With imagination and intellect, George Washington Carver (1864–1934) developed hundreds of unexpected products from everyday plants. This book reveals what an exceptionally uncommon man Carver was: trailblazing scholar, innovative scientist, pioneering conservationist, and impassioned educator. This book follows his life from slave and orphan to his college days as the first African American to attend Iowa State College (where he later taught), and on to his life and work in the field of agriculture. Illustrated with historical artifacts and photographs, the book traces Carver’s life, discoveries, and legacy.
40 p. 2008
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Maritcha : A Remarkable Nineteenth-Century Girl Bolden, Tonya
Maritcha : A Remarkable Nineteenth-Century Girl
Based on a memoir this touching story tells what it was like to be a black child born free during the days of slavery. Everyday experiences are interspersed with hight-point moments, such as visiting the U.S.'s first world's fair. The book ends with her fight to attend a whites-only high school and her triumphant victory, making her the first black person in its graduating class.
47 p. 2005
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Through My Eyes Bridges, Ruby
Through My Eyes
Ruby Bridges recounts the story of her involvement, as a six-year-old, in the integration of her school in New Orleans in 1960.
63 p. 1999
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: When Harriet Met Sojourner Clinton, Catherine
When Harriet Met Sojourner
Portrait of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth, two African American slave women, who battled for African American rights and emancipation of slaves.
[32] p. 2007
Easy Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Michelle Obama : An American Story Colbert, David
Michelle Obama : An American Story
In just a few generations, Michelle Obama's family has blazed a path from a slave cabin to the White House. She's now writing a new chapter in history as a fresh kind of first lady, old-fashioned in many ways, yet so genuine and natural that she constantly surprises and inspires.
151 p. 2009
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Jackie Robinson De Marco, Tony
Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson was the first African-American to play baseball in the major leagues. Learn about his childhood and family, his athletic success in college, the racism he encountered in the Army, and his baseball career with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
32 p. 2009
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 R561
  Cover Art: Phillis Wheatley : Slave and Poet Doak, Robin S.
Phillis Wheatley : Slave and Poet
The story of a young girl, bought as a slave by a Boston family, who learned to write and later became a poet.
112 p. 2006
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 W56
  Cover Art: My Brother Martin : A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Farris, Christine King
My Brother Martin : A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Looks at the early life of Martin Luther King, Jr., as seen through the eyes of his older sister.
40 p. 2003
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 K585
  Cover Art: Stolen into Slavery : the True Story of Solomon Northup Free Black Man Fradin, Judith Bloom
Stolen into Slavery : the True Story of Solomon Northup Free Black Man
The true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man living in upstate New York, who was kidnapped in 1841 and spent 12 years as a slave on deadly Louisiana coastal plantations.
120 p. 2012
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Matthew Henson and the North Pole Expedition Gaines, Ann.
Matthew Henson and the North Pole Expedition
A brief biography of the black explorer and seaman who, together with Robert E. Peary, discovered the North Pole in 1909.
32 p. 2010
Children's Nonfiction Book (Biography) 921 H398 2010
  Cover Art: Rosa Giovanni, Nikki
Rosa
Fifty years after her refusal to give up her seat on a bus, Mrs. Rosa Parks is still an important figure in the American civil rights movement. This picture-book tribute is a celebration of her courageous action and the events that followed.
40 p. 2005
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 P238
  Cover Art: Tupac Shakur : Hip-hop Idol Golus, Carrie
Tupac Shakur : Hip-hop Idol
Shakur saw himself as both artist and urban soldier, battling the media, the law, the courts and rival rappers. Tupac overcame poverty to become one of hip-hop's biggest stars. His life, death, and music were all surrounded by controversy.
112 p. 2011
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 Sh165 2011
  Cover Art: Malcolm X Graves, Renee
Malcolm X
A biography of Malcolm X, focusing on the incidents that led to his belief that blacks should be willing to use any tactics necessary to secure their freedom and equality.
48 p. c2003
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 M2915
  Cover Art: Talkin' 'bout Bess: The Story of Aviator Bessie Coleman Grimes, Nikki
Talkin' 'bout Bess: The Story of Aviator Bessie Coleman
A biography of the Bessie Coleman, who became the first licensed African-American pilot.
32 p. 2002
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 C6764
  Cover Art: Seven Miles to Freedom : The Robert Smalls Story Halfmann, Janet
Seven Miles to Freedom : The Robert Smalls Story
During the Civil War Robert Smalls commandeered the Confederate ship Planter to carry his family and twelve other slaves to freedom, and went on to become a United States Congressman working toward African American advancement.
40 p. 2008
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 Sm17
  Cover Art: Dave the Potter : Artist Poet Slave Hill, Laban Carrick.
Dave the Potter : Artist Poet Slave
Biography of Dave, an extraordinary potter, poet and slave who lived in South Carolina in the 1800's.
1 v. (unpaged) 2010
Easy Nonfiction Book 921 D272 2010
  Cover Art: Claudette Colvin : Twice Toward Justice Hoose, Phillip M.
Claudette Colvin : Twice Toward Justice
On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager, fed up with the daily injustices of Jim Crow segregation, refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Instead of being celebrated as Rosa Parks would be just nine months later, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin found herself shunned by her classmates and dismissed by community leaders. A year later she dared to challenge segregation again in a landmark case that struck down the segregation laws of Montgomery and swept away the legal underpinnings of the Jim Crow South.
133 p. 2009
Children's Nonfiction Book 323.092 H
  Cover Art: To the Mountaintop : My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement Hunter-Gault, Charlayne
To the Mountaintop : My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement
Starting with the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009 and working back to the early 1960s, Hunter-Gault covers many of the significant moments in the civil rights movement, including her own pivotal role in desegregating the University of Georgia
v, 198 p. 2012
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Mary McLeod Bethune Jones, Amy Robin
Mary McLeod Bethune
Mary McLeod Bethune was a black educator who was helpful in creating opportunities for blacks in education and government.
32 p. 2009
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 B464
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