|My Brother Martin by Christine King Farris|
Long before he became a world-famous dreamer, Martin Luther King Jr. was
a little boy who played jokes and practiced the piano and made
friends without considering race. But growing up in the segregated South of
the 1930's forced a very young Martin to learn a bitter lesson-little white
children and little black children were not to play with one another.
Martin decided then and there that something had to be done. And as a
seven-year-old, he embarked on a journey that would change
the course of American history.
|A Nation's Hope: the story of boxing legend Joe Lewis by Matt De La Pena|
Once a boyhood dream, now a people's hope.
The weight of history hangs on Joe's shoulders.
On the eve of World War II, African American
boxer Joe Louis fought German Max Schmeling in a
bout that had more at stake than just the world heavyweight
title; for much of America their fight came to represent the
country's war with Germany.
|Mandela by Floyd Cooper|
Few figures have inspired as much respect or loyalty
as Nelson Mandela. From his boyhood days in the South
African countryside, to his time as a leader of the African
National Congress, to his twenty-seven years in prison, Mandela
would come to rail against the system of apartheid - and would
eventually help abolish it, becoming the first black
president in South Africa's history.
His is a story of courage and persistence, a story of hope and belief.
It is the story of how the son of a tribal chief rose to become one
of the most prominent political figures of our time.
|Rosa by Nikki Giovanni|
Rosa Parks is one of the most famous figures in American
history. On December 1, 1955, she got on a Montgomery, Alabama, city
bus after work and refused to give up her seat to a white man, an act that
sparked a revolution. Suddenly, Mrs. Parks became the center of one
of the most important events in the battle for civil rights. This is
the story of that event, and of a woman whose quiet determination
changed our history.