Multcolib Kids Picks: African American Experience--Our History
Annotation:An interactive timeline that highlights key events, dates, and people in history.
Annotation:An introduction to African American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama.
Annotation:Traces over four centuries of African American history, drawing on personal journals, interviews, and archival materials to document times ranging from the Colonial period and slavery through the Civil War and the Civil Rights era.
Annotation:This book is the 2012 Coretta Scott Kind Illustrator Award Winner. Narrated by slaves, this is a good introduction to the Underground Railroad.
Annotation:It's 1863, and Thomas and his little sister, Birdie, have fled the farm where they were born and raised as slaves. Following the North Star, looking for freedom, they soon cross paths with a Union soldier and everything changes.
Annotation:Separated from his friend Isabel after their daring escape from slavery, fifteen-year-old Curzon serves as a free man in the Continental Army at Valley Forge until he and Isabel are thrown together again, as slaves once more.
Annotation:When Ruth and her parents take a motor trip from Chicago to Alabama to visit her grandma, they rely on a pamphlet called "The Negro Motorist Green Book" to find places that will serve them. Includes facts about "The Green Book."
Annotation:In 1945, thirteen-year-old Levi is sent to find the father he has not seen in three years, going from Chicago, to segregated North Carolina, and finally to Pendleton, Oregon, where he learns that his father's unit, the all-Black 555th paratrooper battalion, will never see combat but finally has a mission. Includes historical notes.
Annotation:An account of the lesser-known contributions of African-American women during World War II reveals how they helped lay the foundations for the Civil Rights Movement by challenging racial and gender barriers at home and abroad.
Annotation:The 1960 sit-in at a "whites only" Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina is recounted in this book. Food metaphors are used to add an interesting element to this historic story of four college students making a stand against oppression.
Annotation:Ann Bausum returns to the subject of Civil Rights with more exhaustive research, more compelling narrative, and more new and fascinating analysis than any other non-fiction author for children today. This new angle on the historically significant and fascinating life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Annotation:The museum will be a place where all Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience, what it means to their lives and how it helped us shape this nation.