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African American History: Biographies For Kids
Read biographies of famous and historical African Americans.
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Title: Words Set Me Free : the Story of Young Frederick Douglass
ISBN: 9781416959038
Call Number: j973.8092 D747c

 
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Title: Heroes for Civil Rights
Author: Adler, David A.
Publisher: Holiday House
ISBN: 9780823420087
Call Number: j323.0922 Ad59h
Notes: This illustrated collection of biographies details the lives of civil rights figures Martin Luther King, Jr., the Little Rock Nine, Fannie Lou Hamer, and many others.

 
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Title: Fifty Cents and a Dream
Author: Asim, Jabari
ISBN: 9780316086578
Call Number: j370.92 W276Aa
Notes: "Born into slavery, young Booker T. Washington could only dream of learning to read and write. After emancipation, Booker began a five-hundred-mile journey, mostly on foot, to Hampton Institute, taking his first of many steps towards a college degree. When he arrived, he had just fifty cents in his pocket and a dream about to come true."

 
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Title: Who Was the Hair-Care Millionaire? Madame C.J. Walker
Author: Carson, Mary Kay
ISBN: 9780766039735
Call Number: jE 338.7668 W151c
Notes: The incredible and true story of hair-care tycoon Madame C.J. Walker. Born into poverty on a Louisiana plantation, the child of former slaves, and orphaned at the age of 7, she began to concoct her own hair treatments as a young woman and sold them door-to-door, eventually making a fortune and providing dignified employment to many other African American women.

 
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Title: Major Taylor Champion Cyclist
Author: Cline-Ransome, Lesa
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0689831595
Call Number: j796.6209 T216c
Notes: This appealing biography chronicles the life of the bicycle racer who won the 1899 World Championship title.

 
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Title: Just as Good : How Larry Doby Changed America's Game
Author: Crowe, Chris
ISBN: 9780763650261
Call Number: j Fiction
Notes: An African American family in Cleveland, Ohio, listens on their new radio to the first game of the 1948 World Series, in which Larry Doby, the first black player in the American League, won the game for the Cleveland Indians.

 
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Title: Playing to Win: the Story of Althea Gibson
Author: Deans, Karen
Publisher: Holiday House
ISBN: 9780823419265
Call Number: j796.342 G357d
Notes: Growing up in Harlem, Althea Gibson was heading down the wrong path until she found her calling and went on to become the first African American to be the #1 woman tennis player in the world.

 
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Title: Gabby Douglas
Author: Fishman, Jon M.
ISBN: 9781467713115
Call Number: 796.4409 D745F
Notes: Although she's just 4 feet, 11 inches tall, Gabby Douglas made a larger-than-life impact on the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Gabby dominated the gymnastics all-around competition with her flawless execution and amazingly high flips, winning gold by a landslide. In early 2012, this pint-sized powerhouse was ready to quit gymnastics for good, but she kept going. Competing at the Olympics at just sixteen years old, she became the best female gymnast in the world. Read about this incredible athlete's journey from Virginia Beach to London

 
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Title: Zora!: the Life of Zora Neal Hurston
Author: Fradin, Judith Bloom
ISBN: 9780547006956
Call Number: j813.52 H946f
Notes: "Zora Neale Hurston was confident, charismatic, and determined to be extraordinary. As a young woman, Hurston lived and wrote alongside such prominent authors as Langston Hughes and Alain Locke during the Harlem Renaissance. And though none of her books sold more than a thousand copies while she was alive, she was rediscovered a decade later by a new generation of readers, who knew they had found an important voice of American literature."

 
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Title: Seven Miles to Freedom: the Robert Smalls Story
Author: Halfmann, Janet
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
ISBN: 9781600602320
Call Number: j973.7415 Sm18h
Notes: During the Civil War, Robert Smalls commandeered the Confederate ship Planter to carry his family and 12 other slaves to freedom. He went on to become a U. S. Congressman.