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Have I ever told you Black lives matter / by Shani King ; illustrated by Bobby C. Martin, Jr.

King, Shani M., (author.). Martin, Bobby C., Jr, (illustrator.).

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  • 9 of 14 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Killingly Library.
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Killingly Library j323.1196 Kin (Text to phone) 34040143555460 Juvenile Nonfiction Available -

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Black lives matter. That message would be self-evident in a just world, but in this world and this America, all children need to hear it again and again, and not just to hear it but to feel and know it. This book affirms the message repeatedly, tenderly, with cumulative power and shared pride. Celebrating Black accomplishments in music, art, literature, journalism, politics, law, science, medicine, entertainment, and sports, Shani King summons a magnificent historical and contemporary context for honoring the fortitude of Black role models, women and men, who have achieved greatness despite the grinding political and social constraints on Black life. Frederick Douglass, Toni Morrison, Sojourner Truth, John Lewis, Langston Hughes, Louis Armstrong, Maya Angelou, Aretha Franklin, and many more pass through these pages. An America without their struggles, aspirations, and contributions would be a shadow of the country we know. A hundred life sketches augment the narrative, opening a hundred doors to lives and thinking that aren't included in many history books. James Baldwin's challenge is here: "We are responsible for the world in which we find ourselves, if only because we are the only sentient force which can change it." Actress Viola Davis's words are here, too: "When I was younger, I did not exert my voice because I did not feel worthy of having a voice. I was taught so many things that didn't include me. Where was I? What were people like me doing?" This book tells children what people like Viola were and are doing, and it assures Black children that they are, indisputably, worthy of having a voice. Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter? is a book for this time and always. It is time for all children to live and breathe the certainty that Black lives matter.
Black lives matter. King affirms the message repeatedly, tenderly, with cumulative power and pride. She celebrates 116 -- just a tiny sample-- of the Black lives who deserve to shine. Her book honors the fortitude of Black role models and celebrates their achievements in sports, music, art, literature, journalism, politics, law, science, medicine, and social justice. The message is joyful, undeniable: Black lives matter. -- adapted from back cover and page 50.
Subject: African Americans > Biography > Juvenile literature.
African Americans > History > Juvenile literature.
Black lives matter movement > Juvenile literature.
African Americans.
African Americans > Miscellanea.
African Americans > History.
Genre: Biographies.

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