Celebrate Black History Month – Activists

9 Feb

I’m working on creating a booklist to celebrate Black History Month highlighting nonfiction and biographies (with a few historical fiction titles as well). First up, is activists – now this list could go on for days, but to keep it somewhat contained (and to fit on my brochure for the library) I chose 16 titles. There are many more titles out there and if you have some you love please add them to the comments section to share with other readers!

celebrate black history - activist

  1. The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko, illustrated by Sean Qualls
  2. Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton, illustrated by Raúl Colón
  3. Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
  4. Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
  5. I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., illustrated by Kadir Nelson
  6. Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz, illustrated by A G Ford
  7. March Trilogy by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell
  8. Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis by Jabari Asim, illustrated by E.B. Lewis
  9. Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Bryan Collier
  10. She Stood for Freedom: The Untold Story of a Civil Rights Hero, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland by Loki Mulholland, artwork by Carlotta Janssen
  11. Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney
  12. Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
  13. Turning Fifteen on the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackmon Lowery as told by Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley, illustrated by P.J. Loughran
  14. The Underground Abductor: An Abolitionist Tale about Harriet Tubman by Nathan Hale
  15. Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Euka Holmes
  16. The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
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