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Today we celebrate Thurgood Marshall, who was the first African-American Supreme Court Justice of the United States. A Picture Book of Thurgood Marshall tells the story of how Marshall became one of the most influential trailblazers in American history. As … Continue reading
Today commemorates another Juneteenth observance. If you’ve never heard of the holiday, there is no time like the present to learn! Set in 1943 Texas on a hot summer day, Freedom’s Gifts: A Juneteenth Story, by acclaimed author Valerie Wesley, tells the … Continue reading
A Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young-Shelton, tells the story of the civil rights movement with mention of Dr. King, and the role he played, as seen through her then four year-old eyes. Young-Shelton, the daughter of … Continue reading
Today is National Aviation Day, which began in 1939 to celebrate aviation and the birthday of aviation pioneer Oriville Wright. Other great aviators in history include Amelia Earhart, Howard Hughes and Charles Lindberg, whose daughter, Pamela Paprone wrote Nobody Owns … Continue reading
As Black History Month comes to an end and Women’s History Month begins, the children’s book Heroes of Black History: Biographies of Four Great Americans is a book that observes both. With lots of colorful illustrations that show great emotion, … Continue reading
There are many great women of black history including trailblazers like Harriet Tubman, who literally blazed a trail to freedom for hundreds of slaves. There is also Ruby Bridges, who at the age of six became the first student to … Continue reading
Fly High! The Story of Bessie Coleman tells the story of Bessie Coleman the first African-American woman to receive an international pilot’s license. It is a wonderful book for children, as it teaches the important lesson that no matter where you come … Continue reading
“In the 1940s there were other big band entertainers who were very popular, such as Louis
Armstrong and Count Basie. They were leaders of male bands. The International Sweethearts
of Rhythm was one of the very few all-female bands at the time. Women were discriminated
against.” Continue reading
STORY PAINTER: The Life of Jacob Lawrence tells the story of the artist Jacob Lawrence, born in 1917, Jacob, known as “Jake” grew up during the Great Migration, the largest migration of African-Americans to the North, since the days of … Continue reading
On Ruby’s first day, a large crowd of angry white people gathered outside.
The people carried signs that said they didn’t want black children in a white school.
People called Ruby names; some wanted to hurt her… the marshals carried guns.
Ruby would hurry through the crowd and not say a word. Continue reading