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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A gift from Greensboro is a celebration of the magic of childhood friendship and adventure, and a meditation on growing up in the wake of the sit-ins that ushered in the Civil Rights Movement. The poem recognizes that true friendship knows no boundaries, and this is the true gift from Greensboro--Adapted from flap of front cover
Betty Mae Tiger Jumper was born in 1923, the daughter of a Seminole woman and a white man. She grew up in the Everglades under dark clouds of distrust among her tribe who could not accept her at first. As a child of a mixed marriage, she walked the line as a constant outsider. Growing up poor and isolated, she only discovered the joys of reading and writing at age 14. An iron will and sheer determination led her to success, and she returned to her people as a qualified nurse. When her husband was too sick to go to his alligator wrestling tourist job, gutsy Betty Mae climbed right into the alligator pit! Storyteller, journalist, and community activist, Betty Mae Jumper was a voice for her people, ultimately becoming the first female elected Seminole tribal leader.
"Discover the true story of how in 1944, Coach John McLendon orchestrated a secret game between the best players from a white college and his team from the North Carolina College of Negroes. At a time of widespread segregation and rampant racism, this illegal gathering changed the sport of basketball forever"--Dust jacket flap
Tells the story of the legendary jazz musician, from his deeply religious childhood to his career as a boundary- breaking musician who found inspiration in his own unique approach to both spirituality and music
Describes the period of the 20th century when many African Americans left the South to make better lives for themselves in the northern states
"In the nineteenth century, North Carolina slave George Moses Horton taught himself to read and earned money to purchase his time though not his freedom. Horton became the first African American to be published in the South, protesting slavery in the form of verse"--Publisher
"A biography of Paul Robeson, who overcame racial discrimination to become a world-famous African American athlete, actor, singer, and civil rights activist"-- Provided by publisher
A rope passed down through the generations frames an African American family's story as they journey north during the time of the Great Migration
"This picture book is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the momentous Woolworth's lunch counter sit -in, when four college students staged a peaceful protest that became a defining moment in the struggle for racial equality and the growing civil rights movement"-- Amazon.com
This lyrical picture-book biography of John Coltrane focuses on his childhood and how he interpreted sounds before he made his music