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The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
by Steve Sheinkin
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An astonishing civil rights story from Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin. On July 17, 1944, a massive explosion rocked the segregated Navy base at Port Chicago, California, killing more than 300 sailors who were... (read more)

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What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors
What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, basketball legend and the NBA's alltime leading scorer, champions a lineup of little-known African-American inventors in this lively, kid-friendly book. Did you know that James West invented the microphone in your cell phone? That... (read more)

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Ellington Was Not a Street
Ellington Was Not a Street
by Ntozake Shange and Kadir Nelson
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andlt;Bandgt;Ntozake Shange,andlt;/Bandgt; poet, novelist, playwright, and performer, wrote the Broadway-produced and Obie Award-winning andlt;iandgt;For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf.andlt;/iandgt; She has also... (read more)

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I Am Rosa Parks (Ordinary People Change the World)
I Am Rosa Parks (Ordinary People Change the World)
by Brad Meltzer
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"We can all be heroes" is the message entertainingly told in this picture-book biography series from #1 New York Times Bestselling author Brad Meltzer. “Kids always search for heroes, so we might as well have a say in it,” Brad Meltzer... (read more)

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Who Was Harriet Tubman? (Who Was...?)
Who Was Harriet Tubman? (Who Was...?)
by Yona Zeld Mcdonough
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Born in Connecticut in 1811, Harriet Beecher Stowe was an abolitionist, author, and playwright. Slavery was a major industry in the American South, and Stowe worked with the Underground Railroad to help escaped slaves head north towards freedom. The... (read more)

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Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
by Kadir Nelson
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Kadir Nelson's Heart and Soul—the winner of numerous awards, including the 2012 Coretta Scott King Author Award and Illustrator Honor, and the recipient of five starred reviews—now features eight pages of discussion and curriculum... (read more)

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Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
by Doreen Rappaport and Bryan Collier
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In this inspirational story about Martin Luther King Jr.and#8212;told from the perspective of his niece Angela Farris Watkinsand#8212;readers learn how King used his message of love and peace to effectively fight for African Americansand#8217; civil... (read more)

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Harriet Tubman (My First Biography)
Harriet Tubman (My First Biography)
by Marion Dane Bauer
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The MY FIRST BIOGRAPHY series brings the biggest life stories to the smallest readers. Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery. She vowed she would fight to free all slaves. Her perseverance sparked Americans to stand up for equality. With simple, lyrical... (read more)

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The Great Migration: Journey to the North
The Great Migration: Journey to the North
by Eloise Greenfield and Jan Spivey Gilchrist
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"We were one family among the many thousands. Mama and Daddy leaving home, coming to the city, with their hopes and their courage, their dreams and their children, to make a better life." When Eloise Greenfield was four months old, her family moved from... (read more)

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Harriet Tubman, a Woman of Courage
Harriet Tubman, a Woman of Courage
by Renee (edt) Skelton
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“Two new biogrphical series … have worthy entries exploring the lives of African-Americans … good, well-illustrated books…” St. Louis Post... (read more)

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My Dream of Martin Luther King
My Dream of Martin Luther King
by Faith Ringgold
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Now in Dragonfly--from the acclaimed creator of the Caldecott Honor Book Tar Beach comes a personal and captivating portrait of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr."Does the dream of Martin Luther King live on? Yes, says the narrator of this resonant... (read more)

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I Am #4: Martin Luther King Jr. (I Am)
I Am #4: Martin Luther King Jr. (I Am)
by Grace Norwich
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A brand-new biography series featuring some of the most important people from history and today. I helped organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott. I am only 34 when I give the "I Have a Dream" speech. I am Martin Luther King Jr. Learn all about this heroic... (read more)

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Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem
Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem
by Marilyn Nelson
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There is a skeleton in the Mattatuck Museum in Connecticut. It has been in the town for over 200 years. In 1996, community members decided to find out what they could about it. Historians discovered that the bones were those of a slave name Fortune, who... (read more)

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Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Doreen Rappaport
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"Give me your tired,and#160;your poor Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free . . . " In 1883, Emma Lazarus, deeply moved by an influx of immigrants from eastern Europe, wrote a sonnet thatand#160;gaveand#160;a voice to the Statue of Liberty.and#160;... (read more)

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Traditional African American Arts and Activities (Celebrating Our Heritage)
Traditional African American Arts and Activities (Celebrating Our Heritage)
by Sonya Kimble Ellis
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African Americans throughout our country's history have developed a rich heritage of arts and activities. Now you can discover and enjoy many of these traditions, from celebrating Juneteenth to making African masks to creating unique quilts, right in... (read more)

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Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March
by Lynda Blackmon Lowery
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A memoir of the Civil Rights Movement from one of its youngest heroes As the youngest marcher in the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Albama, Lynda Blackmon Lowery proved that young adults can be heroes. Jailed eleven times before her... (read more)

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Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor (an Abolitionist Tale) (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales)
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor (an Abolitionist Tale) (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales)
by Nathan Hale
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Araminta Ross was born a slave in Delaware in the early 19th century. Slavery meant that her family could be ripped apart at any time, and that she could be put to work in dangerous places and for abusive people. But north of the Mason-Dixon line... (read more)

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To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement (New York Times Books)
To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement (New York Times Books)
by Charlayne Hunter Gault
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A personal history of the civil rights movement from activist and acclaimed journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault. On January 20, 2009, 1.8 million people crowded the grounds of the Capitol to witness the inauguration of Barack Obama. Among... (read more)

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M. L. K. : Journey of a King (07 Edition)
M. L. K. : Journey of a King (07 Edition)
by Bolden
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and#160; Before the Little Rock Nine, before Rosa Parks, before Martin Luther King Jr. and his March on Washington, there was Barbara Rose Johns, a teenager who used nonviolent civil disobedience to draw attention to her cause. In 1951, witnessing the... (read more)

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Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King Jr's Final Hours
Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King Jr's Final Hours
by Ann Bausum
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