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Race, Justice, and Rights: A Reading List for Current Events

    Ghost Boys

    Ghost Boys - Jewell Parker Rhodes

    After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys including historical figure Emmett Till.

    Hey Black Child

    Hey Black Child - Useni Eugene Perkins; illustrated by Bryan Collier

    A lyrical, empowering poem that celebrates black children and seeks to inspire all young ones to dream big and achieve their goals.

    PICTURE BOOK Perkins, U.
    Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Black Children

    Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Black Children - Sandra L. Pinkney

    Using simple poetic language and stunning photographs, Sandra and Myles Pinkney have created a remarkable book of affirmation for African-American children.

    PICTURE BOOK Pinkney, S.
    Brown Girl Dreaming

    Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson

    The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South.

    CHILDREN 811.54 W898b 2014
    Social Justice: How You can Make a Difference

    Social Justice: How You can Make a Difference - Lynn Bogen

    Describes what social justice activism is and serves as a guide explaining how youth can make change in their world.

    CHILDREN 303.372 S215 2009

    Revolution - Deborah Wiles

    Struggling to adapt within her newly blended family in 1964 Mississippi, young Sunny witnesses increasingly scary community agitation when activists from the North arrive in town to help register African Americans to vote.

    Let's Talk About Race

    Let's Talk About Race - Julius Lester

    The author introduces the concept of race as only one component in an individual's or nation's "story."

    CHILDREN 305.8 L642 2005
    A Sweet Smell of Roses

    A Sweet Smell of Roses - Angela Johnson

    A stirring yet jubilant glimpse of the youth involvement that played an invaluable role in the Civil Rights movement.

    PICTURE BOOK Johnson, A.
    One Crazy Summer

    One Crazy Summer - Rita Williams-Garcia

    In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

    CHILDREN FICTION Williams-Garcia, R.
    The Port Chicago 50

    The Port Chicago 50 - Steve Sheinkin

    Presents an account of the 1944 civil rights protest involving hundreds of African-American Navy servicemen who were unjustly charged with mutiny for refusing to work in unsafe conditions after the deadly Port Chicago explosion.

    CHILDREN 940.5403 S543 2014
    Through My Eyes

    Through My Eyes - Ruby Bridges

    Ruby Bridges recounts the story of her involvement, as a six-year-old, in the integration of her school in New Orleans in 1960.

    J 379.263 B851 1999
    We March

    We March - Shane W. Evans

    Illustrations and brief text portray the events of the 1963 march in Washington, D.C., where the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a historic speech.

    PICTURE BOOK Evans, S.
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