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Fifty cents and a dream : young Booker T. Washington
qj E185.97.W4 A85 2012

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.

 

Seed Magic

Rose takes a gift from the crazy old Birdman and discovers that even in the bleak, gray city there are ways to make a beautiful garden.

 

Words Set Me Free : the Story of Young Frederick Douglass

Words Set Me Free is the inspiring story of young Frederick Douglass's path to freedom through reading.

 

The Mighty Miss Malone

With love and determination befitting the "world's greatest family," twelve-year-old Deza Malone, her older brother Jimmie, and their parents endure tough times in Gary, Indiana, and later Flint, Michigan during the Great Depression.

 

Halfway to Perfect : a Dyamonde Daniel book

Despite what Dyamonde and Free say, Damaria worries that she is getting fat, until a classmate's problem with diabetes causes her to change her thoughts about body image.

 

Dream big : Michael Jordan and the pursuit of Olympic gold

From the age of nine years Michael dreams of playing basketball for the United States in the Olympics, and with hard work and his mother's encouragement, he realizes his dream.

 

Lone Bean

Third grade starts off badly for eight-year-old Bean as she faces teasing from her two older sisters, learns that her former best friend wants nothing to do with her, and has to start taking music lessons.

 

It Jes' Happened : When Bill Traylor Started to Draw
j ND237.T617 T38 2012

A biography of twentieth-century African American folk artist Bill Traylor, a former slave who at the age of eighty-five began to draw pictures based on his memories and observations of rural and urban life in Alabama. Includes an afterword, author's note, and sources.

 

Harlem's Little Blackbird
j ML3930.M63 W37 2012

A tribute to lesser-known Harlem Renaissance performer Florence Mills includes coverage of her youth as a child of former slaves, her singing and dancing performances that inspired songs and entire plays, and the struggles with racism that prompted her advocacy of all-black theater and musicals.

 

Jazz Age Josephine
qj GV1785.B3 W56 2012x

A tribute to the life of the iconic jazz entertainer depicts her disadvantaged youth in a segregated America, her unique performance talents, and the irrepressible sense of style that helped her overcome racial barriers.