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In 1947, Jackie Robinson changed the game of baseball by becoming the first black player on a modern day major league team. Jackie made history with the Brooklyn Dodgers and this story is about Jackie and the seventeen players who followed him. These Black Heroes challenged the status quo and policies of team owners and were part of the first wave of black players who played on the sixteen major league teams that existed in 1947. It was not until 1959 (three years after Jackie retired) that the last of the sixteen teams added a black player to their roster.
Take an exciting journey through black history with dozens of inspiring biographies for kids From the rulers of ancient Egypt to modern-day scientists, athletes, and journalists, discover the lives of black leaders and role models throughout history. Black Heroes: A Black History Book for Kids is packed with 50 biographies of inspiring figures from Africa, the United States, and around the world. Explore the stories of well-known people like Rosa Parks and Barack Obama, and lesser-known figures like Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the first African-American doctor, and Benjamin Banneker, an astronomer and mathematician. This vibrant black history book for kids makes it fun to learn about how these individuals created lasting change and paved the way for future leaders. Black Heroes: A Black History Book for Kids includes: Civil rights heroes--Meet world-changing activists like Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Stars of the arts--Learn about artists like musician Louis Armstrong, dancer Josephine Baker, and poet Langston Hughes in this unique black history book for kids. Scientists and pioneers--Read the adventures of aviator Bessie Coleman, astronaut Katherine Johnson, and biologist Ernest Just. How will the outstanding role models inside Black Heroes: A Black History Book for Kids inspire you?
The black soldiers, sailors, spies, scouts, guides, and wagoners who participated and sacrificed in the struggle for American independence are profiled in this fascinating history which features prints and portraits from the period.
This vibrant new collection of monologues from Gus Edwards focuses on African-American heroes, giving new voice to figures like Harriet Tubman, Nat Turner, Richard Wright, Zora Neale Hurston, and more.
At the 1936 Olympic Games in Germany, Jesse Owens won gold medals in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, and the 400-meter relay—and Adolph Hitler scrambled from his private box to avoid honoring the black athlete. During World War II, Joe Louis, heavyweight champion of the world, paid surprise visits to military hospitals. Though he later lost his title belt to the German Max Schmeling (which greatly pleased Hitler), when Louis died, broke, Schmeling used his wealth to pay for Louis’s funeral. In the 1971 World Series, Roberto Clemete posted the greatest single performance by any player ever, making two impossible catches in the outfield, batting .414, and hitting seven singles, two doubles, one triple, and two homeruns. Clemente died the next year in a plane crash while flying relief supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Stories like these are testaments to the power of athletics to influence and inspire people, nations, and cultures. In Black Sports Heroes: Past and Present, author and cartoonist Morrie Turner skillfully presents cartoons and stories, known and unknown, about black athletes of all nations and the impact they had upon their sport and their world. Through his impressive combination of humor and fact, Turner brings “kid power” and “rainbow power” to life, showing us a world where all people, regardless of racial, religious, sexual, or physical differences, can live, learn, work, and play together.