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The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley
The great autobiography.
Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope written by Nikki Grimes and illustrated by Bryan Collier
Inspirational is the word for this glowing picture-book biography...— Booklist
Blacks in Science: Ancient and Modern edited by Ivan Van Sertima
Classic book of little known scientific history.
Frederick Douglass: Autobiographies: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave / My Bondage and My Freedom / Life and Times of Frederick Douglass edited by Henry Louis Gates
This is a one volume set of the autobiographies of the great abolitionist.
Great Black Leaders: Ancient and Modern edited by Ivan Van Sertima
Another classic book by Van Sertima.
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story by Ben Carson, M.D. with Cecil Murphey
Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman written by Alan Schroeder and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Beautifully illustrated picture book about the childhood of the legendary woman.
More Than Anything Else by Marie Bradby
Picture book about young Booker T. Washington and his thirst for reading.
My Fellow Americans: A Family Album by Alice Provensen
Interesting, unique picture book of American groups by categories.
AFRICAN AMERICAN INVENTORS
African American Inventors (Black Stars) by Otha Richard Sullivan
Black Inventors of America by McKinley Burt, Jr.
The Real McCoy: African-American Invention and Innovation, 1619-1930
by Portia P. James
AFRICAN AMERICAN MATH AND SCIENCE
Unearthing Culturally Responsive Mathematics Teaching: The Legacy of Gloria Jean Merriex by Emily P. Bonner
Focuses on the theory and practices of a highly successful mathematics teacher of African American children in a high-poverty school. The book aims to contribute to the limited literature base in this area in mathematics education. The discussions in the book center on the ideals of culturally responsive teaching (C.R.T.), and seek to build understanding of this concept in the context of mathematics.
ANTHOLOGIES RELATED TO AFRICAN AMERICAN LIFE — FICTION AND NONFICTION
The African American Book of Values edited with commentary by Steven Barboza
A rich collection.
Ark of Bones and Other Stories by Henry Dumas, edited by Hale Chatfield and Eugene Redmond
An Illustrated Treasury of African American Read-Aloud Stories: More than 40 of the World's Best-Loved Stories for Parent and Child to Share edited by Susan Kantor
The Norton Anthology of African American Literature edited by Nellie Y. McKay and Henry Louis Gales
African Folktales selected and retold by Roger D. Abrahams
African American Folktales: Stories from Black Traditions in the New World selected by Roger D. Abrahams
HIP HOP YOUTH CULTURE
Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity
by Marc Lamont Hill
Decoded by Jay-Z
Hip Hop America by Nelson George
An insightful look at the hip hop world by a prolific writer of African American popular culture.
The Hip Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture
by Bakari Kitwana
The Rose that Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur
A book of the great rapper's poems.
EBONICS — THE LANGUAGE OF AFRICAN AMERICANS
Talkin and Testifyin: The Language of Black America by Geneva Smitherman
The Real Ebonics Debate: Power, Language and the Education of African American Children edited by Theresa Perry and Lisa Delpit
AFRICAN AMERICAN HOLIDAYS
The Story of Kwanzaa by Donna L. Washington
Excellent picture book.
"The Magazine of African American History and Culture."
There are many articles about young people in their 20’s and 30’s.
On newsstands, by subscription and online.
A non-profit independent magazine advocating the reform of elementary and secondary public schools, with an emphasis on urban schools and issues of equity and social justice.
This volume sports a hefty 95 stories gleaned from the notes of the earliest missionaries on up to recent anthropological studies.
— Library Journal
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A collection of poetry written by the rapper between 1989 and 1991, before he became famous. The poems are passionate, sometimes angry, and often compelling. Selections are reproduced from the originals in Shakur's handwriting, personalized by distinctive spelling and the use of ideographs (a drawing of an eye for I, etc.), and complete with scratch outs and corrections.
— Library Journal
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