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Opal’s Greenwood Oasis
by Quraysh Ali Lansana and Najah-Amatullah Hylton, Illustrated by Skip Hill

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List Price: $22.50
Format: Hardcover, 30 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9781733647441
Imprint: The Calliope Group
Publisher: The Calliope Group
Parent Company: The Calliope Group
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Book Description:

“A beautiful and poignant reminder of the industry, joy and resilience of Black people in America.” —Trey Ellis, Peabody and Emmy winning producer of King in the Wilderness and True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality

The year is 1921, and Opal Brown would like to show you around her beautiful neighborhood of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Filled with busy stores and happy families, Opal also wants you to know that “everyone looks like me.”

In both words and illustrations, this carefully researched and historically accurate book allows children to experience the joys and success of Greenwood, one of the most prosperous Black communities of the early 20th Century, an area Booker T. Washington dubbed America’s Black Wall Street.

Soon after the day narrated by Opal, Greenwood would be lost in the Tulsa Race Massacre, the worst act of racial violence in American history. As we approach the centennial of that tragic event, children have the opportunity through this book to learn and celebrate all that was built in Greenwood.

Skip Hill's art from Opal's Greenwood Oasis



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