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|Spotlight on Black History Month
The Rock and the River by
In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father's nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African-Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by
In 1911, Turner Buckminster hates his new home of Phippsburg, Maine, but things improve when he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a girl from a poor, nearby island community founded by former slaves that the town fathers--and Turner's--want to change into a tourist spot.
The Glory Field by
From the capture of an African boy in the 1750s through the lives of his descendants, for 200 years one family's dreams lead them away from and back to the small plot of land in South Carolina that they call the Glory Field.
After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.
Mississippi Trial 1955 by
In Mississippi in 1955, a sixteen-year-old finds himself at odds with his grandfather over issues surrounding the kidnapping and murder of a fourteen-year-old African-American from Chicago.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 by
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African-American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.
Fire from the Rock by
Sylvia Patterson's life suddenly changes with the integration of Little Rock's Central High in 1957 when she is selected to be one of the first black students to attend the previously all white school.
My Mother the Cheerleader by
Thirteen-year-old Louise uncovers secrets about her family and her neighborhood during the violent protests over school desegregation in 1960 New Orleans.
Stella by Starlight by
When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.
The Lions of Little Rock by
When Marlee hears a rumor that her new friend, Liz, is an African American girl passing as white, the two young girls realize their friendship could bring danger to their families.
One Crazy Summer by
In the summer of 1968, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters travel to California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know.
Devil on My Heels by
In 1959 fifteen-year-old Dove, the daughter of a prosperous orange grower in Benevolence, Florida, feels increasingly uneasy after learning of acts of racism against the African American orange pickers by those close to her.
During World War II, Ida Mae, a light-skinned African American girl "passes" for white in order to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots.
Dangerous Skies by
Hypocrisy and prejudice twist events in such a way as to implicate two children, one from a prominent white family and the other an African-American, in a murder.
All American Boys by
When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend.
How It Went Down by
When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson is shot to death, his community is thrown into an uproar because Tariq was black and the shooter, Jack Franklin, is white, and in the aftermath everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events agree.
Crossing Jordan by
Twelve-year-old Cass meets her new African-American neighbor, Jemmie, and despite their families' prejudices, they build a strong friendship around their mutual talent for running and a pact to read Jane Eyre.
In 1839 Africans aboard the slave ship Amistad revolted against their Spanish captors, landed in the United States were put on trial for piracy and murder.
Breaking Ground Breaking Silence by
Construction workers in New York City uncovered an African burial site in 1991, revealing much about the lives of African-American people in Colonial times.
The March on Washington by
Discusses the people and events connected with the 1963 March on Washington, as well as the consequences of this well-known civil rights demonstration.
The Scottsboro Boys by
Examination of the trials of nine African American youths who were charged with the assault of two white women in Scottsboro, Alabama, in 1931.
Harlem Stomp! by
Offers a cultural history of the Harlem Renaissance, discussing how it sparked a period of intellectual, artistic, literary, and political blossoming for many African-Americans.
We Are the Ship by
Explores the history of Negro League baseball teams, discussing owners, players, hardships, wins, and losses.
The Port Chicago 50 by
In 1944, 50 black sailors refused to work in unsafe and unfair conditions after an explosion in Port Chicago killed 320 servicemen, an incident that influenced the civil rights movement.
Oh, Freedom! by
Conversations between young people and civil rights activists describe the history of efforts to make equality a reality for African-Americans.
A graphic novel version of events from the life of Georgia congressman John Lewis, focusing on his youth in rural Alabama, his meeting with Martin Luther King Jr., and the birth of the Nashville Student Movement.
Robert "Yummy" Sandifer, an eleven-year old African American gang member from Chicago went on the run after shooting a young girl and was later found dead, shot by members of his own gang.
James van der Zee
Fannie Lou Hamer
Coretta Scott King
Martin Luther King Jr.
Ida B. Wells-Barnett
Walter Dean Myers
Science & Technology
George Washington Carver
Madam C.J. Walker
Florence Griffith Joyner
Venus & Serena Williams