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Jamia Wilson

Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present: 1


Meet 52 icons of color from the past and present in this celebration of inspirational achievement—a collection of stories about changemakers to encourage, inspire and empower the next generation of changemakers. Jamia Wilson has carefully curated this range of black icons and the book is stylishly brought together by Andrea Pippins’ colorful and celebratory illustrations. Written in the spirit of Nina Simone’s song “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black,” this vibrant book is a perfect introduction to both historic and present-day icons and heroes. Meet figureheads, leaders and pioneers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks, as well as cultural trailblazers and athletes like Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams. All children deserve to see themselves represented positively in the books they read. Highlighting the talent and contributions of black leaders and changemakers from around the world, readers of all backgrounds will be empowered to discover what they too can achieve. 

  • Author: Jamia Wilson
  • Why we love it: A wonderful education on amazing people from the black community who have made a phenomenal impact on the world. A must have in every library!
  • Paperback/Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Reading Level: 5-12
  • Dimensions: 11.0 x 9.5 x 0.6 inches Verified Reviews Badge
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