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Our intention is to acquire and make available ALL picture books featuring indigenous people and people of color published in the U.S. since 2002, including reprints. Inclusion of a title in the collection DOES NOT EQUAL recommendation. See our related readings page for suggested links for evaluating books.

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Preaching to the chickens

2016

by Jabari Asim and Earl B. Lewis

"Critically acclaimed author Jabari Asim and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator E. B. Lewis give readers a fascinating glimpse into the boyhood of Civil Rights leader John Lewis. John wants to be a preacher when he grows up a leader whose words stir hearts to change, minds to think, and bodies to take action. But why wait? When John is put in charge of the family farm's flock of chickens, he discovers that they make a wonderful congregation! So he preaches to his flock, and they listen, content under his watchful care, riveted by the rhythm of his voice. Celebrating ingenuity and dreaming big, this inspirational story, featuring Jabari Asim's stirring prose and E. B. Lewis's stunning, light-filled impressionistic watercolor paintings, includes an author's note about John Lewis, who grew up to be a member of the Freedom Riders, chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and demonstrator on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, and is now a Georgia congressman"--|cProvided by publisher

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With books and bricks

2014

by Suzanne Slade and Nicole Tadgell

"Booker T. Washington had an incredible passion for learning. Born a slave, he taught himself to read. When the Civil War ended, Booker finally fulfilled his dream of attending school. After graduation, he was invited to teach in Tuskegee, Alabama. Finding many eager students, but no school, Booker set out to build his own school-- brick by brick"--|cProvided by publisher

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Odetta, the queen of folk

2010

by Stephen Alcorn and Samantha Thornhill

An introduction to the life and career of the folk singer Odetta, which traces her Alabama childhood, early musical achievements and role in breaking artistic ground for other musicians

Biography

Lillian’s right to vote

2015

by Jonah Winter and Shane Evans

As an elderly woman, Lillian recalls that her great-great- grandparents were sold as slaves in front of a courthouse where only rich white men were allowed to vote, then the long fight that led to her right--and determination--to cast her ballot since the Voting Rights Act gave every American the right to vote

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Queen of the track

2012

by Heather Lang and Floyd Cooper

Tells the story of Alice Coachman, an athlete from rural Georgia who made history in 1948 as the first African- American woman to win an Olympic gold medal

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