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Ellen's Broom by Kelly Starling Lyons
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Cherishing the special broom resting above her hearth for its representation of the slave heritage that once forbade legal marriages, Ellen prepares for her parents' triumphant registry at a Reconstruction-era courthouse as lawful husband and wife and proudly carries the broom so that they can repeat a cultural wedding tradition.
This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson
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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.
Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson
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Under the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, children and teenagers march against segregation in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963.
A Child's Introduction to African American History: The Experiences, People, and Events That Shaped Our Country by Jabari Asim
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Critically acclaimed writer Jabari Asim guides readers ages 9-12 through the history of African Americans, from the slave trade to the Black Lives Matter movement.
What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld
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While twins Ella and Herbie help the handyman Mr. Midal work on their new home, he tells them about such inventors as Granville Woods, Dr. Henry T. Sampson, and James West, giving them a new view of their heritage as African-Americans.
Lunch Counter Sit-Ins: How Photographs Helped Foster Peaceful Civil Rights Protests by Danielle Smith-Llera
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On point historical photographs combined with strong narration bring the saga of the Woolworth lunch counter sit-ins in the early 1960s to life.
Black Lives Matter by Duchess Harris JD PhD
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Black Lives Matter examines the police shootings that fueled the movement, the events that led up to racial tensions in the United States, and the goals the movement has set for the future.
Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz, Renée Watson
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Raised by her aunt until she is six, Betty, who will later marry Malcolm X, joins her mother and stepfamily in 1940's Detroit, where she learns about the civil rights movement.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
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After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
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Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.
We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson, Tonya Bolden
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From the end of the Civil War to the tumultuous issues in America today, an acclaimed historian reframes the conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America.
Strange Fruit, Volume II: More Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History by Joel Christian Gill
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Presents historical and cultural commentary on eight lesser-known African Americans, including the only known female Buffalo soldier, and a fighter pilot who flew for France in World War I.
Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
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The wildly talented Adjei-Brenyah has made these edgy tales immensely charming, via his resolute, heartful, immensely likeable narrators, capable of seeing the world as blessed and cursed at once.
The Edna Lewis Cookbook by Edna Lewis, Evangeline Peterson
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Edna Lewis is renowned as one of the greatest American chefs and as an African-American woman who almost single handedly revived a forgotten world of refined Southern cooking.
Barracoon: The Story of the Last 'Black Cargo' by Zora Neale Hurston
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The true story of the last known survivor of the Atlantic slave trade, illegally smuggled from Africa on the last "black cargo" ship to arrive in the United States.
A City within a City: The Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids, Michigan by Todd E Robinson
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An examination of the civil rights movement in the North by concentrating on the struggles for equality in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Historian Todd Robinson studies the issues surrounding school integration and bureaucratic reforms as well as the role of black youth activism to detail the diversity of black resistance.
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
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Groundbreaking book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when discussing racism that serve to protect their positions and maintain racial inequality.
A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History by Jeanne Theoharis
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Examines the accepted narrative of the civil rights movement to reveal the myths and fables that diminish its scope, and reveals the diversity of activists and the immense barriers and repression they faced.
The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton, Lara Love Hardin
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A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit.
American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin by Terrance Hayes
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In seventy poems bearing the same title, Terrance Hayes explores the meanings of American, of assassin, and of love in the sonnet form. These poems are haunted by the country's past and future eras and errors, its dreams and nightmares.