Race, Justice, and Rights: A Reading List for Current Events
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.
CHILDREN FICTION Rhodes, J.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
CHILDREN FICTION Wiles, D.
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 stirring yet jubilant glimpse of the youth involvement that played an invaluable role in the Civil Rights movement.
PICTURE BOOK Johnson, A.
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.
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
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
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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.