A Child's Introduction to African American History: The Experiences, People, and Events That Shaped Our Country is a comprehensive, entertaining look at heroes, heroines, and critical moments from African American history—from the slave trade to the Black Lives Matter movement—by award-winning author Jabari Asim.
Asim goes beyond what's taught in the classroom to reveal a fact-filled history of African American history through politics, activism, sports, entertainment, music, and much more. You'll follow the road to freedom beginning with the slave trade and the middle passage through the abolitionist movement and the Civil War where many African Americans fought as soldiers. You'll learn how slave songs often contained hidden messages and how a 15-year-old Jamaican-born young man named Clive Campbell helped to create hip-hop in the early 1970's.
You'll experience the passionate speeches, marches, and movements of the Civil Rights era along with and the sacrifices of Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, and many others. Along the way there are dozens of profiles of political trailblazers like Shirley Chisholm, the first black women elected to Congress in 1968; dominant athletes like Tiger Woods who, in 1995, was only the second African American to play in a Masters golf tournament which he went on to win in 1997; popular musicians like Miles Davis, one the most influential artists of the 20th Century; and inspiring writers like Toni Morrison, the first African American to win the Nobel Prize in literature.
Filled with beautiful illustrations by Lynn Gaines that bring these figures and events to life, plus a removable historical timeline poster, A Child's Introduction to African American History is a fascinating and comprehensive guide to this often overlooked yet immensely important part of American history.
The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history, and culture. There are nearly 37,000 objects in the museum's collections.
Hardcover. 96 pages. 100 illustrations, color. 10" x 10". Age range: 8-12 years. Grade level: 3-7.