Raise Up: Black North Carolina Authors and Artists

Black North Carolina Authors and Artists

Rosa Parks Cover Image
By Eloise Greenfield, Gil Ashby (Illustrator)
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Published: HarperCollins - September 29th, 1995

A chapter book biography for early readers about one of the women who sparked the Civil Rights movement, by legendary author Eloise Greenfield and with illustrations by Gil Ashby.


Alaina and the Great Play Cover Image
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Published: Alazar Press - May 10th, 2021

With the guileless wonder and innocence of a little girl, Alaina is profoundly changed by the performance. As she falls in love with the art of live theater, her enthusiasm lands her center stage. “But when I opened my mouth, the right words didn’t come out. I was too excited to say that little speech. It wasn’t good enough for that great play, so…”


Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me Cover Image
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - April 2nd, 2019

A new collection of poetry for kids from Coretta Scott King Book Award winner Eloise Greenfield

Thinker isn't just an average puppy--he's a poet. So is his owner, Jace. Together, they turn the world around them into verse.


Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems Cover Image
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Published: HarperCollins - May 23rd, 1986

This award-winning poetry collection includes sixteen poems that tell of love and the simple joys of everyday life seen through the eyes of a child, by legendary author Eloise Greenfield with illustrations by Caldecott Medal-winning illustrators Diane and Leo Dillon.


The Women Who Caught The Babies: A Story of African American Midwives Cover Image
By Eloise Greenfield, Daniel Minter (Illustrator)
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Published: Alazar Press - September 1st, 2019

The Women Who Caught the Babies highlights important aspects of the training and work of African-American midwives and the ways in which they have helped, and continue to help, so many families by “catching” their babies at birth.


The Great Migration: Journey to the North Cover Image
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Published: Amistad - September 15th, 2020

We were one family among the many thousands. Mama and Daddy leaving home, coming to the city, with their hopes and their courage, their dreams and their children, to make a better life.


Honey, I Love Cover Image
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Published: HarperCollins - January 26th, 2016

To one young narrator, it's the simple things that mean the most, like sharing laughter with a friend, taking family rides in the country, and kissing her mama's arm.


Grandpa's Face Cover Image
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Published: Puffin Books - May 7th, 1996

A heartwarming story of a granddaughter's love for her grandfather—a perfect gift for both Father's and Grandparents Day!

Tamika loves everything about her grandpa, especially his expressive face. But one day, when Tamika watches Grandpa rehearsing for a play, she sees a different face, one she has never seen before.


She Come Bringing Me That Little Baby Girl Cover Image
By Eloise Greenfield, John Steptoe (Illustrator)
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Published: HarperCollins - January 30th, 1993

A boy learns to be a big brother in this award-winning picture book by the legendary author Eloise Greenfield and two-time Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator John Steptoe.


Africa Dream Cover Image
By Eloise Greenfield, Carole Byard (Illustrator)
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Published: HarperCollins - December 20th, 1991

In this stunning Coretta Scott King Award–winning picture book, take a magical and resonant journey to Africa.

"I went all the way to Africa / In a dream one night / I crossed over the ocean / In a slow, smooth jump..."


Under the Sunday Tree Cover Image
By Eloise Greenfield, Amos Ferguson (Illustrator)
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Published: HarperCollins - January 30th, 1991

An award-winning picture book poetry collection for children by the legendary poet Eloise Greenfield with illustrations by critically acclaimed artist Amos Ferguson.

"The perfect collaboration between two master image-makers." —School Library Journal


Night on Neighborhood Street Cover Image
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Published: Puffin Books - February 1st, 1996

A Coretta Scott King Honor Book

A wonderful collection of poems, this book gives a beautiful snapshot of life on Neighborhood Street.

“The magical andeveryday reside comfortably together on Neighborhood Street and make it well worth the visit.”—Booklist 

"A warm, triumphant book."—School Library Journal


In the Land of Words: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
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Published: HarperCollins - January 26th, 2016

This treasured poetry collection by Coretta Scott King Award-winning collaborators Eloise Greenfield and Jan Spivey Gilchrist journeys to a place where words, creativity, and imagination abound.

Featuring twenty-one poems illustrated with sewn fabric collages, this tribute to the written word invites readers to look within themselves to discover what inspires them.


The Friendly Four Cover Image
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Published: HarperCollins - June 13th, 2006

Celebrate friendship with Coretta Scott King Award winners Eloise Greenfield and Jan Spivey Gilchrist!

Drum is worried that summer will be a bummer until Dorene, Louis, and Rae enter his life unexpectedly. Together they embark on an unforgettable summer of discovery and creative play.


Brothers & Sisters: Family Poems Cover Image
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Published: HarperCollins - December 23rd, 2008

Celebrate the love of brothers and sisters everywhere with award-winning author Eloise Greenfield in this poignant collection of poems for and about families, illustrated by renowned artist Jan Spivey Gilchrist.

“These are the sweetest poems for kids and families of all kinds.” —Charlotte Observer


PAR-TAY!: Dance of the Veggies (And Their Friends) Cover Image
By Eloise Greenfield, Don Tate (Illustrator)
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Published: Alazar Press - April 1st, 2018

What happens when the family closes the front door and leaves the house for an outing?


Children of Long Ago Cover Image
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Published: Lee & Low Books - April 1st, 2000

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A celebration of African American childhood in the early 1900s, as told through 17 poems that detail the daily pleasures of young children's lives.


Mary McLeod Bethune Cover Image
By Eloise Greenfield, Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
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Published: Perfection Learning - August 1st, 1994

'During the years following the Civil War in rural South Carolina where opportunities for blacks to go to school were nonexistent, Mary McLeod Bethune had to overcome many obstacles to pursue her dream of education for all children]. Simply told, this biography of an outstanding black educator has excellent illustrations.' 'SLJ. Children's Books of 1977 (Library of Congress)


Talk About a Family Cover Image
By Eloise Greenfield, James Calvin (Illustrator)
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Published: HarperCollins - January 30th, 1993

A chapter book perfect for early independent readers about change, family tension, and the power of love, by legendary author Eloise Greenfield and with illustrations by James Calvin.


The BEHIND THE SCENES - 30 Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House: The Controversial Autobiography of Mrs Lincoln's Dressmaker That Shook the Cover Image
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Published: E-Artnow - April 15th, 2019

Behind the Scenes (1868) is both a slave narrative and a portrait of the First Family of America, especially of Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln. After the assassination of President Lincoln, Elizabeth Keckley the former slave turned confidant and dress maker of Mrs. Lincoln took it upon herself to provide financial support to her by writing this slave narrative.


Behind the Scenes or, Thirty years a slave, and Four Years in the White House.: Formerly a Slave Friend to Mrs. Abraham Lincoln. Cover Image
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Published: Independently Published - July 23rd, 2020

Early lifeElizabeth Keckley was born into slavery in February 1818, in Dinwiddie County Court House, Dinwiddie, Virginia, just south of Petersburg. An only child, her mother Agnes was a light-skinned house slave, whose white ancestors were aristocrats. Her mother, nicknamed "Aggy", had learned to read and write, even though it was illegal for enslaved people.


Behind the Scenes: Formerly a slave, but more recently Modiste, and friend to Mrs. Abraham Lincoln. Cover Image
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - June 11th, 2018

Behind the Scenes by Elizabeth Keckley, formerly a slave, but more recently modiste, and friend to Mrs. Abraham Lincoln. Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was a former slave who became a successful seamstress, civil activist, and author in Washington, DC. She was best known as the personal modiste and confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln, the First Lady. The world have judged Mrs.


Behind the scenes, or, Thirty years a slave and four years in the White House. By: Elizabeth Keckley (1818-1907).: (autobiography former slave in the Cover Image
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Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley (sometimes spelled Keckly; February 1818 - May 1907) was a former slave who became a successful seamstress, civil activist, and author in Washington, DC. She was best known as the personal modiste and confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln, the First Lady. Keckley had moved to Washington in 1860 after buying her freedom and that of her son in St. Louis.


The Elizabeth Keckley Reader, Volume 2 Cover Image
By Sheila Smith McKoy (Editor)
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Published: Eno Publishers - June 1st, 2017

The Elizabeth Keckley Reader: Volume Two--Artistry, Culture & Commerce--edited by Sheila Smith McKoy, expands on the Elizabeth Keckley Reader series inspired by the remarkable life of Elizabeth Keckley. A slave in Hillsborough, NC, Keckley went on to buy her freedom.


Behind the Scenes Cover Image
By Elizabeth Keckley, Mint Editions (Contribution by)
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Published: Mint Editions - January 26th, 2021

Elizabeth Keckley reveals the hardships of slavery and the changing political climate in Washington amongst the country's most powerful couple, Abraham and Mary Lincoln. Keckley had unprecedented access, giving insight into their state during and after the Civil War.


Behind the Scenes in the Lincoln White House: Memoirs of an African-American Seamstress (Civil War) Cover Image
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Published: Dover Publications - August 4th, 2006

Born a slave in Virginia, Elizabeth Keckley (c. 1824-1907) went on to become a talented dressmaker and designer, with some twenty employees of her own. Catering to the wives, daughters, and sisters of Washington's political elite, she included among her clientele Mary Todd Lincoln, who became her close friend and confidante.


Behind the Scenes: Or Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House Cover Image
By Elizabeth Keckley, Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Introduction by)
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Published: Eno Publishers - April 5th, 2016

Behind the Scenes: or Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House was first published in 1868 and is considered one of the most candid and poignant slave narratives. Author Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley writes about her teenage years, working as a slave for the Rev. Robert Burwell in Hillsborough, NC. He is thought by many historians to have been Keckley's half-brother.


Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Cover Image
By Harriet Jacobs, Mint Editions (Contribution by)
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Published: Mint Editions - October 6th, 2020

"This may be the most important story ever written by a slave woman, capturing as it does the gross indignities as well as the subtler social arrangements of the time."-Kirkus Review


Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself, with
By Harriet a. Jacobs, Jean Fagan Yellin (Editor), John S. Jacobs (Contribution by)
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Published: Belknap Press - November 1st, 2009

This enlarged edition of the most significant and celebrated slave narrative completes the Jacobs family saga, surely one of the most memorable in all of American history. John S. Jacobs's short slave narrative, A True Tale of Slavery, published in London in 1861, adds a brother's perspective to Harriet A. Jacobs's autobiography.


Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Cover Image
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The voice of a black female slave, written in her own hand, as she struggles for identity and freedom. What is it to serve a master? What is it to know you are bought free? Read for yourself.


Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Dover Thrift Editions) Cover Image
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Published: Dover Publications - November 9th, 2001

The true story of an individual's struggle for self-identity, self-preservation, and freedom, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl remains among the few extant slave narratives written by a woman.


Cold Running Creek Cover Image
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Published: Lavenson Press Studios - January 8th, 2018

During one of the most tumultuous times for the North American continent (pre and post Civil War) three generations of women both Native American and African American, struggle to be free.


Fifth Born: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Washington Square Press - August 19th, 2003

When Odessa Blackburn is three years old her beloved grandmother dies, and so begins her story, set in St. Louis,Missouri, and rural Mississippi. As the Þfth born of eight children, Odessa loses her innocence at Þrst when her drunken father sexually abuses her, and then again when she alone witnesses her father taking the life of his own brother.


Fifth Born II: The Hundredth Turtle Cover Image
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The Soul of the Full-Length Manuscript: Turning Life's Wounds into the Gift of Literary Fiction, Memoir, or Poetry Cover Image
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Published: Lavenson Press Studios - March 17th, 2017

"This book should come with a warning label: 'Be ready, you are going to have to go deeper than you ever imagined.'" Dorothy Allison Author of Bastard Out of Carolina


Obama: Only in America Cover Image
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Published: Two Lions - June 3rd, 2014

From birth to getting elected as president, a biography told in lyrical prose....


Michelle Obama: First Lady Cover Image
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Published: Two Lions - June 3rd, 2014

Written in free verse, this book tells the life of Michelle Obama from her birth and early years in Chicago through her career and early marriage to Barack Obama and ends with his inauguration.


Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi Calls the House to Order Cover Image
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Published: little bee books - September 7th, 2021

"The text is accessible and clever. . . .


First Pooch: The Obamas Pick a Pet Cover Image
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Published: Two Lions - June 9th, 2015

Throughout their father's twenty-two month campaign for president, Malia and Sasha Obama begged their parents for a dog. Finally, when their father became the 44th president of the United States, he rewarded their patience and good behavior in his victory speech: "Malia and Sasha will get their new puppy." Would the girls choose a Foxhound like President George Washington's?


Racing Against the Odds: The Story of Wendell Scott, Stock Car Racing's African-American Champion Cover Image
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Published: Two Lions - January 9th, 2018

Wendell O. Scott made history as the only black driver to win a race in a NASCAR Grand National (now Spring Cup) division. Born in Danville, Virginia, he scrimped and saved to buy his first car, a Model T, at age fourteen.


Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre Cover Image
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Published: Dreamscape Media - June 29th, 2021

Tracing the history of African Americans in Tulsa's Greenwood district, this book chronicles the devastation that occurred in 1921 when a white mob attacked the Black community. News of what happened was largely suppressed, and no official investigation into the Tulsa Race Massacre occurred for seventy-five years.


Oprah: The Little Speaker Cover Image
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Published: Two Lions - May 19th, 2015

The first six years in the life of the world's most popular talk show host.


Sidewalk Chalk: Poems of the City Cover Image
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Published: Wordsong - January 1st, 2006

At every corner, down every block, a city percolates with people at work and play: girls jumping double Dutch, the shoeshine man polishing a pair of wing tips, boys heading toward the basketball court.


Birmingham, 1963 Cover Image
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Published: Wordsong - September 1st, 2007

A poetic tribute to the victims of the racially motivated church bombing that served as a seminal event in the struggle for civil rights. In 1963, the eyes of the world were on Birmingham, Alabama, a flashpoint for the civil rights movement. Birmingham was one of the most segregated cities in the United States. Civil rights demonstrators were met with police dogs and water cannons.


Celebremos Juneteenth! Cover Image
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Published: Lee & Low Books - October 1st, 1995

A young girl, who has just moved to her parents' hometown, realizes that she has come home after the African American emancipation celebration of Juneteenth.

It's a fine day In June. Cassandra's family has just moved from the city back to her parents' hometown in Texas. Cassie likes her new house, and her new school is okay, but Texas doesn't quite feel like home yet.


Freedom in Congo Square Cover Image
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Published: Dreamscape Media - July 25th, 2017

As slaves relentlessly toiled in an unjust system in 19th century Louisiana, they all counted down the days until Sunday, when, at least for half a day, they were briefly able to congregate in Congo Square in New Orleans. There, they were free to set up an open market, sing, dance, and play music. They were free to forget their cares, their struggles, and their oppression.


The Sound That Jazz Makes Cover Image
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Published: Two Lions - November 1st, 2010

Two acclaimed picture book talents combine in this award-winning journey through the history and legacy of jazz. Carole Boston Weatherford's poetic text is perfectly matched with Eric Velasquez's powerful oil paintings.


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The Faith of Elijah Cummings: The North Star of Equal Justice Cover Image
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Published: Random House Studio - January 11th, 2022

Congressman and civil rights advocate Elijah Cummings dedicated his life to public service. This comprehensive and visually stunning biography details his humble beginnings and unwavering faith as he waged an endless battle for truth, justice, and equality.

We can do better.


Box: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom Cover Image
By Carole Boston Weatherford, Dion Graham (Read by), Michele Wood (Illustrator)
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Published: Dreamscape Media - April 14th, 2020

What have I to fear? My master broke every promise to me. I lost my beloved wife and our dear children. All, sold South. Neither my time nor my body is mine. The breath of life is all I have to lose. And bondage is suffocating me.


Schomburg: El hombre que creó una biblioteca Cover Image
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Published: Candlewick - August 6th, 2019

“A must-read for a deeper understanding of a well-connected genius who enriched the cultural road map for African Americans and books about them.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace Cover Image
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 1st, 2018

An incredibly moving picture book biography of the man behind the hymn “Amazing Grace” and the living legacy of the song by New York Times bestselling author Carole Boston Weatherford and award-winning illustrator Frank Morrison.

One stormy night at sea, a wayward man named John Newton feared for his life.


A Negro League Scrapbook Cover Image
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Published: Astra Young Readers - March 1st, 2005

Featuring lively verse, fascinating facts, and archival photographs, here is a celebration of the Negro Leagues and the great players who went unrecognized in their time.


In Your Hands Cover Image
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2017

A black mother expresses the many hopes and dreams she has for her child in this powerful picture book masterpiece that’s perfect for gift-giving.

When you are a newborn,
I hold your hand and study your face.
I cradle you as you drift to sleep.
But I know that I will not always
hold your hand;
not the older you get.
Then, I will hold you in my heart


Becoming Billie Holiday Cover Image
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Published: Wordsong - October 1st, 2008

The stunning voice and hard life of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday is revealed through evocative, accessible poetry.
 


Sugar Hill: Harlem's Historic Neighborhood Cover Image
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - February 1st, 2014

Take a walk through Harlem's Sugar Hill and meet all the amazing people who made this neighborhood legendary. With upbeat rhyming, read-aloud text, Sugar Hill celebrates the Harlem neighborhood that successful African Americans first called home during the 1920s.


Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression Cover Image
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - February 28th, 2017

Before she raised her lens to take her most iconic photo, Dorothea Lange took photos of the downtrodden from bankers in once-fine suits waiting in breadlines, to former slaves, to the homeless sleeping on sidewalks. A case of polio had left her with a limp and sympathetic to those less fortunate.


The Beatitudes: From Slavery to Civil Rights Cover Image
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Published: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers - November 13th, 2009

Since the earliest days of slavery, African Americans have called on their religious faith in the struggle against oppression.


Juneteenth Jamboree Cover Image
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Published: Lee & Low Books - October 1st, 1995

A young girl, who has just moved to her parents' hometown, realizes that she has come home after the African American emancipation celebration of Juneteenth.

It's a fine day in June. Cassandra's family has just moved from the city back to her parents' hometown in Texas. Cassie likes her new house, and her new school is okay, but Texas doesn't quite feel like home yet.


The Legendary Miss Lena Horne Cover Image
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 24th, 2017

Celebrate the life of Lena Horne, the pioneering African American actress and civil rights activist, with this inspiring and powerful picture book from award-winning author Carole Boston Weatherford.

You have to be taught to be second class; you’re not born that way.

Lena Horne was born into the freedom struggle, to a family of teachers and activists.


You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen Cover Image
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 4th, 2017

In this “masterful, inspiring evocation of an era” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), award-winning author Carole Boston Weatherford “wields the power of poetry to tell [the] gripping historical story” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) of the Tuskegee Airmen.

I WANT YOU! says the poster of Uncle Sam.


Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins Cover Image
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Published: Perfection Learning - December 27th, 2007

There were signs all throughout town telling eight-year-old Connie where she could and could not go. But when Connie sees four young men take a stand for equal rights at a Woolworthas lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, she realizes that things may soon change. This event sparks a movement throughout her town and region.


By and By: Charles Albert Tindley, the Father of Gospel Music Cover Image
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 14th, 2020

A stirring picture book biography from award-winning duo Carole Boston Weatherford and Bryan Collier, about gospel composer and preacher Charles Albert Tindley, best known for the gospel hymn “We’ll Understand It Better By and By.”

At a time when most African Americans were still enslaved, Charles Tindley was born free.


Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane Cover Image
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - April 1st, 2008

Young John Coltrane was all ears. And there was a lot to hear growing up in the South in the 1930s: preachers praying, music on the radio, the bustling of the household. These vivid noises shaped John's own sound as a musician. Carole Boston Weatherford and Sean Qualls have composed an amazingly rich hymn to the childhood of jazz legend John Coltrane.


Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins Cover Image
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Published: Puffin Books - December 27th, 2007

There were signs all throughout town telling eight-year-old Connie where she could and could not go. But when Connie sees four young men take a stand for equal rights at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, she realizes that things may soon change. This event sparks a movement throughout her town and region.


Beauty Mark: A Verse Novel of Marilyn Monroe Cover Image
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Published: Candlewick - September 8th, 2020

In a powerful novel in verse, an award-winning author offers an eye-opening look at the life of Marilyn Monroe.


Jazz Baby Cover Image
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Published: Lee & Low Books - April 1st, 2000

A celebration of music and movement, this story in verse is inspired by the riffs, rhythms, and freedom of jazz.


Freedom in Congo Square Cover Image
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Published: little bee books - January 5th, 2016

Winner of a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016: Nonfiction
Starred reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, and The Horn Book Magazine
A Junior Library Guild Selection


The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop Cover Image
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Published: little bee books - January 8th, 2019

"Carole Boston Weatherford, once again, delivers a resounding testament and reminder, that hip-hop is a flavorful slice of larger cultural cake. And to be hip-hop-to truly be it-we must remember that we are also funk, jazz, soul, folktale, and poetry. We must remember that . . .


Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You Cover Image
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - January 2nd, 2018

You can be a King. Stamp out hatred. Put your foot down and walk tall.

You can be a King. Beat the drum for justice. March to your own conscience.


Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement Cover Image
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Published: Candlewick - August 4th, 2015

A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2016 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book
A 2016 John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award Winner

Stirring poems and stunning collage illustrations combine to celebrate the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, a champion of equal voting rights.

“I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.”


Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library Cover Image
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Published: Candlewick - August 6th, 2019

In luminous paintings and arresting poems, two of children’s literature’s top African-American scholars track Arturo Schomburg’s quest to correct history.

Where is our historian to give us our side? Arturo asked.


Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America Cover Image
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - February 1st, 2015

His white teacher tells her all-black class, Youll all wind up porters and waiters. What did she know? Gordon Parks is most famous for being the first black director in Hollywood. But before he made movies and wrote books, he was a poor African American looking for work. When he bought a camera, his life changed forever. He taught himself how to take pictures and before long, people noticed.


Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom Cover Image
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2006

A Caldecott Honor BookA Coretta Scott King Award Winner
In this award-winning book, acclaimed author Carole Boston Weatherford and bestselling artist Kadir Nelson offer a resounding, reverent tribute to Harriet Tubman, the woman who earned the name Moses for her heroic role in the Underground Railroad.


Dreams for a Daughter Cover Image
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 9th, 2021

This stunning and empowering picture book from a New York Times bestselling author and an acclaimed illustrator celebrates a Black mother’s hopes and dreams for her daughter.

As I cradle you, look in your eyes,
your gaze says softly,
I want to know everything.
I promise to show you all that I can.


This love letter from mother to daughter inspir


BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom Cover Image
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Published: Candlewick - April 14th, 2020

A 2021 Newbery Honor Book

In a moving, lyrical tale about the cost and fragility of freedom, a New York Times best-selling author and an acclaimed artist follow the life of a man who courageously shipped himself out of slavery.


What have I to fear?
My master broke every promise to me.
I lost my beloved wife and our dear children.


RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul Cover Image
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 25th, 2020

Winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustration Award! From a New York Times bestselling author and an acclaimed illustrator comes this vibrant portrait of Aretha Franklin that pays her the R-E-S-P-E-C-T this Queen of Soul deserves.

Aretha Franklin was born to sing.


Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781541581203
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - February 2nd, 2021

Longlisted for the National Book Award

A Kirkus Prize Finalist

A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book

A must-have--Booklist (starred review)


The Minstrel's Melody (Mysteries Through Time) Cover Image
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Published: Windmill Books - January 30th, 2009

Orphelia is a born performer, but her mother forbids it anywhere but in church. In 1904, Madame Meritta and her troupe come to town, and Orpheila can't resist. She runs away with the ensemble, and soon uncovers a family secret.


Don't Split the Pole: Tales of Down-Home Folk Wisdom Cover Image
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Published: iUniverse - May 22nd, 2014

"... stories leap off the page and lodge straight in the funny bone. This collection of seven short stories, all based on common proverbs, are unconventional and exuberant." -Starred Review, Publishers Weekly "...the tales humorously blur the lines between what is fable and what is true." For ages 8 to 12.


Retold African Myths (Retold Myths & Folktales) Cover Image
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Published: Perfection Learning - January 1st, 1993

How the Dog Got Tame - The Poor Man and the Snake - Playing Possum - Anansi Takes a Ride - Mr. Rabbit Strikes Again - High-Flying Birds - Mrs. Wind and Mrs. Water: A Mother's Story - The Old Rooster and Why He Scratches - How the Alligator Got His Hide - Little Old Sparrow and His Big Old Mouth - and more.


Celeste's Harlem Renaissance Cover Image
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 1st, 2009

It's 1921, and when Celeste Lassiter Massey goes to stay with her Aunt Valentina in Harlem, she is not thrilled to trade her friends and comfortable North Carolina surroundings for scary big city life with a famous actress. While Celeste absorbs the excitement of the Harlem Renaissance in full swing, she sees as much grit as glamour.


The Secret of Gumbo Grove Cover Image
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Published: Laurel Leaf - October 1st, 1988

Raisin Stackhouse doesn't mind doing odd jobs for old Miss Effie Pfluggins, but when Miss Effie talks her into cleaning up the old church cemetery, she has no idea what trouble she might dig up. Mama says Miss Effie talks much too much, but Raisin loves hearing her remember the old days--especially when one of her stories puts Raisin smack in the middle of real-life mystery.


Je Sais Pourquoi Chante l'Oiseau En Cage (Ldp Litterature) Cover Image
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Published: Livre de Poche - September 30th, 2009

Dans ce r cit, consid r aujourd'hui comme un classique de la litt rature am ricaine, Maya Angelou relate son parcours hors du commun, ses d buts d' crivain et de militante dans l'Am rique des ann es 1960 marqu e par le racisme anti-Noir, ses combats, ses amours. Son t moignage, d nu de la moindre complaisance, r v le une personnalit exemplaire.


His Day Is Done: A Nelson Mandela Tribute Cover Image
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Published: Random House - January 21st, 2014

He was a son of Africa who became father to a nation and, for billions of people around the world, a beacon of hope, courage, and perseverance in the face of opposition. Now, acclaimed poet Maya Angelou honors the life and remarkable soul of Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and Nobel laureate.
 


Great Food, All Day Long: Cook Splendidly, Eat Smart: A Cookbook Cover Image
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Published: Random House - December 14th, 2010

“At one time, I described myself as a cook, a driver, and a writer. I no longer drive, but I do still write and I do still cook. And having reached the delicious age of eighty-one, I realize that I have been feeding other people and eating for a long time.


My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me Cover Image
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - March 11th, 2003

Full color photographs.


Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400066100
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Published: Random House - October 24th, 2006

Grace, dignity, and eloquence have long been hallmarks of Maya Angelou’s poetry. Her measured verses have stirred our souls, energized our minds, and healed our hearts. Whether offering hope in the darkest of nights or expressing sincere joy at the extraordinariness of the everyday, Maya Angelou has served as our common voice.


Mother: A Cradle to Hold Me Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400066018
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Published: Random House - April 11th, 2006

Perfect for Mother’s Day, or for any day on which we wish to acknowledge this all-important bond, Mother is an awe-inspiring affirmation of the enduring love that exists in every corner of the globe.
 


Graduation (Tale Blazers) Cover Image
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Published: Perfection Learning - January 1st, 2000

Even the Stars Look Lonesome Cover Image
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Published: Bantam - September 1st, 1998

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Maya Angelou writes like a song, and like the truth.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Everything about Maya Angelou is transcendental. She has something to tell you now. Listen.”—Robert Fulghum, The Washington Post Book World


A Song Flung Up to Heaven Cover Image
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Published: Bantam - April 1st, 2003

The culmination of a unique achievement in modern American literature: the six volumes of autobiography that began more than thirty years ago with the appearance of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.


I Shall Not Be Moved Cover Image
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Published: Bantam - October 1st, 1991

In her first book of poetry since Why Don't You Sing? Maya Angelou, bestselling author of the classic autobiography I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, writes with lyric, passionate intensity that reaches out to touch the heart and mind.


Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes Cover Image
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 9th, 2007

Throughout Maya Angelou’s life, from her childhood in Stamps, Arkansas, to her world travels as a bestselling writer, good food has played a central role. Preparing and enjoying homemade meals provides a sense of purpose and calm, accomplishment and connection. Now in Hallelujah!


Rainbow in the Cloud: The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou Cover Image
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Published: Random House - October 28th, 2014

“Words mean more than what is set down on paper,” Maya Angelou wrote in her groundbreaking memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Indeed, Angelou’s words have traveled the world and transformed lives—inspiring, strengthening, healing. Through a long and prolific career in letters, she became one of the most celebrated voices of our time.
 


Mom & Me & Mom Cover Image
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Published: Random House - April 2nd, 2013

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A moving memoir about the legendary author’s relationship with her own mother.

Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf Book Club Pick!


Yo sé por qué canta el pájaro enjaulado Cover Image
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ISBN: 9788416213665
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Published: Libros del Asteroide - August 1st, 2016

This is a 1969 autobiography about the early years of American writer and poet Maya Angelou. The first in a seven-volume series, it is a coming-of-age story that illustrates how strength of character and a love of literature can help overcome racism and trauma.


Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now Cover Image
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Published: Bantam - October 1st, 1994

Maya Angelou, one of the best-loved authors of our time shares the wisdom of a remarkable life in this bestselling spiritual classic.


Gather Together in My Name Cover Image
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 21st, 2009

In this second volume of her poignant autobiographical series, Maya Angelou powerfully captures the struggles and triumphs of her passionate life with dignity, wisdom, humor, and humanity.


The Heart of a Woman Cover Image
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 21st, 2009

In The Heart of a Woman, Maya Angelou leaves California with her son, Guy, to move to New York. There she enters the society and world of black artists and writers, reads her work at the Harlem Writers Guild, and begins to take part in the struggle of black Americans for their rightful place in the world. In the meantime, her personal life takes an unexpected turn.


Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women Cover Image
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Published: Random House - January 17th, 1995

A collection of beloved poems about women from the iconic Maya Angelou


Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem Cover Image
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Published: Random House - December 1st, 2005

This dazzling Christmas poem by Maya Angelou is powerful and inspiring for people of all faiths.


Poems: Maya Angelou Cover Image
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Published: Bantam - January 1st, 1996

Tenderly, joyously, sometimes in sadness,  sometimes in pain, Maya Angelou writes from the heart and  celebrates life as only she has discovered it. In  this moving volume of poetry, we hear the  multi-faceted voice of one of the most powerful and  vibrant writers of our time.


And Still I Rise: A Book of Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780394502526
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Published: Random House - August 12th, 1978

Maya Angelou’s unforgettable collection of poetry lends its name to the documentary film about her life, And Still I Rise, as seen on PBS’s American Masters.
 
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.


Letter to My Daughter Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812980035
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 27th, 2009

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Maya Angelou shares her path to living well and with meaning in this absorbing book of personal essays.
 
Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter transcends genres and categories: guidebook, memoir, poetry, and pure delight.


The Complete Poetry Cover Image
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Published: Random House - March 31st, 2015

The beauty and spirit of Maya Angelou’s words live on in this complete collection of poetry, including her inaugural poem “On the Pulse of Morning”


The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou Cover Image
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Published: Modern Library - September 21st, 2004

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Maya Angelou’s classic memoirs have had an enduring impact on American literature and culture. Her life story is told in the documentary film And Still I Rise, as seen on PBS’s American Masters.


Life Doesn't Frighten Me (Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition) Cover Image
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - January 9th, 2018

Maya Angelou’s unforgettable poem is matched with the daring art of Jean-Michel Basquiat in this powerful ode to courage
 
Shadows on the wall
Noises down the hall
Life doesn't frighten me at all
 
Maya Angelou's brave, defiant poem celebrates the courage within each of us, young and old.


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Cover Image
By Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780345514400
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 21st, 2009

Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.
 


Proud Shoes the Story of an American Family Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780343286767
Published: Franklin Classics - October 15th, 2018

Proud Shoes: The Story of an American Family Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807072097
Published: Beacon Press - August 1st, 1999

First published in 1956, Proud Shoes is the remarkable true story of slavery, survival, and miscegenation in the South from the pre-Civil War era through the Reconstruction. Written by Pauli Murray the legendary civil rights activist and one of the founders of NOW, Proud Shoes chronicles the lives of Murray's maternal grandparents.


Dark Testament: and Other Poems Cover Image
By Pauli Murray, Elizabeth Alexander (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781631494833
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Published: Liveright - September 4th, 2018

With the cadences of Martin Luther King Jr. and the lyricism of Langston Hughes, the great civil rights activist Pauli Murray’s sole book of poems finally returns to print.


Song in a Weary Throat: Memoir of an American Pilgrimage Cover Image
By Pauli Murray, Patricia Bell-Scott (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781631494581
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Published: Liveright - May 8th, 2018

THE STORY BEHIND THE DOCUMENTARY MY NAME IS PAULI MURRAY

A prophetic memoir by the activist who “articulated the intellectual foundations” (The New Yorker) of the civil rights and women’s rights movements.


The Participatory Museum Cover Image
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Published: Museum 2.0 - March 2nd, 2010

Visitor participation is a hot topic in the contemporary world of museums, art galleries, science centers, libraries and cultural organizations. How can your institution do it and do it well? The Participatory Museum is a practical guide to working with community members and visitors to make cultural institutions more dynamic, relevant, essential places.


The Art of Relevance Cover Image
By Jon Moscone (Introduction by), Nina Simon
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Published: Museum 2.0 - June 14th, 2016

What do the London Science Museum, California Shakespeare Theater, and ShaNaNa have in common? They are all fighting for relevance in an often indifferent world. The Art of Relevance is your guide to mattering more to more people. You'll find inspiring examples, rags-to-relevance case studies, research-based frameworks, and practical advice on how your work can be more vital to your community.


I Put A Spell On You: The Autobiography Of Nina Simone Cover Image
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Published: Da Capo Press - September 4th, 2003

James Baldwin used to tell Nina Simone, "This is the world you have made for yourself, now you have to live in it." Simone has created for herself a world of magnificent peaks. Often compared to Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf, Simone is known as one of the greatest singers of her generation.