African-American Women in History @ your library

Book cover: Let it Shine

Continuing our celebration of Black History Month and looking ahead to Women’s History Month check out these titles with your children and teens celebrating African-American women and their contributions to American history.

Becoming Billie Holiday
by Carole Boston Weatherford.
Jazz vocalist Billie Holiday looks back on her early years in this fictional memoir written in verse. 

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
by Phillip Hoose.
Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history.

Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa
by Andrea Davis Pinkney.
A brief recounting of the career of this jazz musician in the voice of "Scat Cat Monroe."

Her Stories
by Virginia Hamilton.
Collection of 19 folktales, legends, and true stories celebrating the heroic cunning, patience, and courage of African-American women and girls.

Let It Shine! Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters
by Andrea Davis Pinkney.
Tells the stories of ten African-American women freedom fighters.

Book cover: MaritchMaritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl
by Tonya Bolden.
Based on an actual memoir written by Maritcha Remond Lyons, who was born and raised in New York City, this poignant story tells what it was like to be a black child born free during the days of slavery.

Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman
by Alan Schroeder.
Young Harriet Tubman, whose childhood name was Minty, dreams of escaping slavery on the Brodas plantation in the late 1820s.

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
by Carole Boston Weatherford.
Describes Tubman's spiritual journey as she hears the voice of God guiding her north to freedom on that very first trip to escape the brutal practice of forced servitude. Tubman would make nineteen subsequent trips back south, never being caught, but none as profound as this first one.

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by Nikki Giovanni.
The story of Rosa Parks and her courageous act of defiance. Provides the story of the young black woman who refused to give up her seat to a white passenger in Alabama, setting in motion all the events of the Civil Rights Movements that resulted in the end of the segregated south.

Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride
by Andrea Davis Pinkney.
Sojourner Truth was born into slavery, but became a free woman. Freedom meant so much to Sojourner, she used the power of speech to help end slavery.

Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman?
by Patricia C. & Frederick L. McKissack.
A biography of the former slave who became well-known as an abolitionist and advocate of women's rights.

Sweethearts of Rhythm
by Marilyn Nelson.
A look at a 1940's all-female, integrated jazz band, that originated from a boarding school in Mississippi and found its way to the most famous ballrooms in the country, offering solace during the hard years of the war.

Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman
by Nikki Grimes.
A biography of the woman who became the first licensed Afro-American pilot.

Book cover: When Marian SangWhen Marian Sang
by Pam Munoz Ryan.
An introduction to the life of Marian Anderson, extraordinary singer and civil rights activist, who was the first African-American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, whose life and career encouraged social change.

Zora and Me
by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon.
A fictionalized account of Zora Neale Hurston's childhood with her best friend Carrie, in Eatonville, Florida, as they learn about life, death, and the differences between truth, lies, and pretending. Includes an annotated bibliography of the works of Zora Neale Hurston, a short biography of the author, and information about Eatonville, Florida.

For ideas on how you can spend quality time with your children and teens during Black History Month and Women’s History Month, check out the Cultural Heritage section of the Connect with your kids @ your library Family Activity Guide.

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