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Black History Month Kid Lit Review of “Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop” by Alice Faye Duncan

These days, I find myself feeling the loss of Martin Luther King, Jr. even more acutely, so I tend to grab up anything new about him. This book for kids tells a great story, based on a real little girl … Continue reading

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Black History Month Kid Lit Review of “Be A King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You” by Carole Boston Weatherford

This book begins with two quotes. The first is from the late Congresswoman Shirley Chishom: “Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.” The second is from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Everybody can … Continue reading

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Black History Month Kid Lit Review of “Hammering for Freedom” by Rita Lorraine Hubbard

This book tells the true story of William “Bill” Lewis, born into slavery around 1810. His biological father was Colonel James Lewis, a slaveholder who owned a plantation in Winchester, Tennessee. Colonel Lewis decided Bill should train to be a … Continue reading

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Black History Month Kid Lit Review of “Like A Bird: The Art of the American Slave Song” by Cynthia Grady

The title of this collection of African American spirituals came from a story told by Harriet Tubman, the escaped slave who courageously returned to the South on some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved families and friends. As the … Continue reading

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Black History Month Kid Lit Review of “I, Matthew Henson: Polar Explorer” by Carole Boston Weatherford

Matthew Henson was born to sharecropper parents in 1866. As a young boy, he heard a speech by Frederick Douglass, and was inspired by his words to dream of great accomplishments. When he was 13, Henson signed on as a … Continue reading

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