|Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson|
The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope
and inspiration and unwavering courage. But it is also the story of injustice;
of a country divided by law, education, and wealth; of a
people whose struggles and achievements helped define their country.
This is the story of the men, women, and children who toiled in the hot sun
picking cotton for their masters; it's about the America ripped in two by Jim
Crow laws; it's about the brothers and sisters of all colors who rallied
against those who would are bar a child from an education. It's a story
of discrimination and broken promises, determination and triumphs.
|To the Mountaintop|
by Charlayne Hunter-Gault
When Barack Obama was inaugurated on January 20, 2009,
he toppled a racial barrier that many thought would never fall. But he
didn't achieve his victory alone. Thousands of men, women, and even children
struggled before him to win the right to freedom, the vote, and equal protection
under the law. Among them were two nineteen-year-old students who dared to fight
for their right to attend the all-white University of Georgia, Hamilton Holmes and Charlotte Hunter.
In this dramatic history of the civil rights movement, Charlayne Hunter-Gault looks back
on her experiences and offers a unique perspective on the pivotal events that swept the South
as the movement gathered momentum through the early 1960's.
|I Lay my Stitches Down by Cynthia Grady|
From a cotton plantation in the deep South, to a
Kentucky horse farm, to a small household in the North,
the varying settings and voices depicted in these poems
reflect the rich patchwork of experiences and circumstances
of African Americans affected by slavery.
|Underground by Shane W. Evans|
A family silently crawls along the ground. They run
barefoot through unlit woods, sleep beneath bushes, take shelter
in a kind stranger's home. Where are they heading?
They are heading for freedom.