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Black, Blue, and Gray: African Americans in the Civil War

by Jim Haskins

Four-time Coretta Scott King Honor Award winner Jim Haskins brings readers face-to-face with the African Americans who fought in the war between the states. Excerpts from letters and government documents introduce the names and places that set the stage for the war's unfolding. Vintage photographs offer a vivid look at the brave soldiers who risked their lives in the fight for human equality [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 9-10 at]

Black Stars of the Harlem Renaissance

by Jim Haskins Eleanora E. Tate Clinton Cox Brenda Wilkinson

African American history comes to life. Discover why young people all over the country are reading the Black Stars biographies of African American heroes. Here is what you want to know about the lives of great black men and women during the fabulous Harlem Renaissance: louis "satchmo" armstrong, eubie blake, thomas andrew dorsey, w. e. b. du bois, duke ellington, james reese, europe jessie, redmon fauset, marcus garvey, w. c. handy, fletcher henderson, langston hughes, zora neale hurston, hall johnson, henry johnson, oscar micheaux, philip payton jr., gertrude "ma" rainey, paul robeson, augusta savage, noble sissle, bessie smith, james van der zee, dorothy west, carter g. woodson. "The books in the Black Stars series are the types of books that would have really captivated me as a kid." -Earl G. Graves, Black Enterprise magazine. "Inspiring stories that demonstrate what can happen when ingenuity and tenacity are paired with courage and hard work." -Black Books Galore! Guide to Great African American Children's Books. "Haskins has chosen his subjects well... catching a sense of the enormous obstacles they had to overcome... Some names are familiar, but most are little-known whom Haskins elevates to their rightful place in history." -Booklist. "The broad coverage makes this an unusual resource-- a jumping-off point for deeper studies." -Horn Book.

Delivering Justice: W. W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights

by Jim Haskins

A respected biographer teams up with an acclaimed artist to tell the story of the mail carrier who orchestrated the Great Savannah Boycott -- and was instrumental in bringing equality to his community. "Grow up and be somebody," Westley Wallace Law's grandmother encouraged him as a young boy living in poverty in segregated Savannah, Georgia. Determined to make a difference in his community, W.W. Law assisted blacks in registering to vote, joined the NAACP and trained protesters in the use of nonviolent civil disobedience, and, in 1961, led the Great Savannah Boycott. In that famous protest, blacks refused to shop in downtown Savannah. When city leaders finally agreed to declare all of its citizens equal, Savannah became the first city in the south to end racial discrimination. A lifelong mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, W.W. Law saw fostering communication between blacks and whites as a fundamental part of his job. As this affecting biography makes clear, this "unsung hero" delivered far more than the mail to the citizens of the city he loved.

Jesse Jackson: Civil Rights Activist

by Jim Haskins

Presents the life, accomplishments, and goals of the civil rights activist and politician Jesse Jackson, from his childhood in North Carolina through his years in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Rosa Parks: My Story

by Jim Haskins Rosa Parks

"The only tired I was, was tired of giving in." These are the simple yet eloquent words of Rosa Parks, who on December 1, 1955, refused to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus, sparking the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott. A year later when the boycott was over, there was a federal injunction against segregation on buses; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.m was a national figure; the civil rights movement was a national cause; and Rosa Parks was out of a job. Yet there is much more to Rosa Parks's story than just one act of defiance. Now that story is told for the first time. Raised by a strong mother and grandparents, Rosa was always proud of her heritage and believed that all people, regardless of race, were equal. With courage and determination she became one of the only two women activists with the Montgomery NAACP long before the boycott, and she was a tireless speaker for the civil rights movement long afterward. Her husband, Raymond Parks, an early activist himself, encouraged her to participate in the struggle for equality, complete her education, and register to vote. Written in her own straightforward and moving language, this compelling account speaks dramatically to our times and reveals the deliberate choices that clearly earned Rosa Parks the title "Mother to a Movement." Long before there was a civil rights movement, long before there was a women's movement, there was Rosa Parks. Her dedication is inspiring; her story is unforgettable.

Shirley Temple Black: Actress to Ambassador (Women of Our Time)

by Jim Haskins

Shirley Temple, "America's Sweetheart," was the most popular movie star of the 1930s. During the Great Depression, her bubbly personality, blond curls, and dimples helped Americans forget their own hard times. As an adult, she entered politics, serving as the first woman Chief of Protocol at the White House; she went on to become the U.S. delegate to the United Nations and then Ambassador to Ghana. Today she remains active in many causes and is a well-know political figure -- cherished by millions as their favorite child star.

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