New African American History Nonfiction

Take a look at some of the library’s best new juvenile nonfiction books on African American history topics:

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Game Changer: John Mclendon and the Secret Game by John Coy; illustrated by Randy DuBurke
Discover the true story of how in 1944, Coach John McLendon orchestrated a secret game between the best players from a white college and his team from the North Carolina College of Negroes. At a time of widespread segregation and rampant racism, this illegal gathering changed the sport of basketball forever.

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Martin’s Dream Day by Kitty Kelley; photographs by Stanley Tretick
Bestselling author and journalist Kitty Kelley combines her elegant storytelling with Stanley Tretick’s iconic photographs to transport readers to the 1963 March on Washington, bringing that historic day vividly to life for a new generation.

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Pathfinders: The Journeys of Sixteen Extraordinary Black Souls by Tonya Bolden
Profiles sixteen high-achieving African Americans, including magician Richard Potter, concert singer Sissieretta Jones, and architect Paul R. Williams.

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Shackles from the Deep: Tracing the Path of a Sunken Slave Ship, a Bitter Past, and a Rich Legacy by Michael H. Cottman
Presents an investigation into the wreck of the Henrietta Marie and how it reflects the tragic history of slavery in England, West Africa, the Caribbean and America.

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Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song by Gary Golio; illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb
Tells the story of how Billie Holiday and songwriter Abel Meeropol combined their talents to create “Strange Fruit,” the iconic protest song that brought attention to lynching and racism in America.

We will be featuring more books on African American history topics throughout the month, including historical fiction, biographies, and poetry.

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