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Click for more detail about Still I Rise: A Graphic History Of African Americans by Roland Laird and Taneshia Nash Laird Still I Rise: A Graphic History Of African Americans

by Roland Laird and Taneshia Nash Laird
Sterling Books (Feb 03, 2009)
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Still I Rise is a critically acclaimed work with an impressive scope: the entire history of Black America, told in an accessible graphic-novel form. Updated from its original version?which ended with the Million Man March?it now extends from the early days of colonial slavery right through to Barack Obama’s groundbreaking presidential campaign. Compared by many to Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Still I Rise is a breathtaking achievement that celebrates the collective African-American memory, imagination, and spirit.

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Click for more detail about Becoming American: The African-American Journey by Howard Dodson Becoming American: The African-American Journey

by Howard Dodson
Sterling Books (Feb 03, 2009)
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Far too many Americans, of all races, are unaware of the pivotal role that people of African descent have played in shaping the US and the world. Even less is known about the role of African peoples in the history of all humankind. Becoming American: The African-American Journey will open their eyes?and enlighten even the already knowledgeable. It features two side-by-side chronological timelines that uniquely contrast the major events and personalities in both African-American and Global/African Diasporan history?spanning from 4 million BCE to Barack Obama’s momentous presidential campaign. In addition, a carefully-chosen collection of key political, historical, cultural and literary texts, quotes, speeches, and songs document the impact of the black presence in American and world history.


Click for more detail about Poetry For Young People: Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes Poetry For Young People: Langston Hughes

by Langston Hughes
Sterling Books (Apr 28, 2006)
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Sterling proudly announces an exciting and vibrant addition to Poetry for Young People: The first African-American themed book in the series, featuring the poems of the extraordinary Langston Hughes. Edited by the two leading experts on Hughes’s work, and illustrated by the brilliant Benny Andrews, this very special volume is one to treasure forever.

A much-requested book that was years in the making…and well worth the wait. One of the central figures in the Harlem Renaissance—the flowering of black culture that took place in the 1920s and 30s—Langston Hughes captured the soul of his people, and gave voice to their concerns about race and social justice. His magnificent and powerful words still resonate today: that’s why it’s so important for young people to have access to his poems. Now they do, in a splendid volume edited and illustrated by a top-caliber team who are simply the best in their fields.

The introduction, biography, and annotations come from Arnold Rampersad, a Professor and Dean at Stanford University, who has written The Life of Langston Hughes, and David Roessel, co-editor with Professor Rampersad of The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes and editor of the Langston Hughes collection in Knopf’s Everyman series. Benny Andrews—a painter, printmaker, and arts advocate whose work is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Smithsonian, among others—has created gallery-quality illustrations that pulse with energy and add rich dimension to the poems.

Among the anthologized poems are Hughes’s best-known and most loved works: “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”; “Aunt Sue’s Stories”; “Danse Africaine”; “Mother to Son”; “My People”; “Words Like Freedom”; “Harlem”; and “I, Too”—his sharp, pointed response to Walt Whitman’s earlier “I Hear America Singing.”

Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes is a publishing event for all to celebrate.
A Selection of the Scholastic Book Club.


Click for more detail about When I Get Free: A Novel by Cheryl Robinson When I Get Free: A Novel

by Cheryl Robinson
Sterling Books (Aug 01, 2003)
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"You don’t have to be in prison to serve a life sentence." -Anonymous Theodore "Tower" Evans is smart, clever and always one step ahead of the game. Under a different set of circumstances, he could have become a top executive at a Fortune 500 company or a successful entrepreneur. Instead, he became a statistic: one in three black men between the ages of twenty and twenty-nine under correctional supervision or control. He’s sentenced to forty years in an Oklahoma state prison for drug trafficking. Ten years later, Tower’s paroled and living in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, trying to adjust to the changes that have occurred in the world. The only problem: His mind is still on lockdown. As the pressure of the outside mounts against Tower and the voices in his head begin to collide, his paranoia takes over. He trusts no one. Not Tonya, the evangelist who believes in spreading more than the good news to Tower. Not Gail, an aspiring writer who begins penning a novel based on Tower’s life. Not Mary, his married parole officer whose possessiveness turns dangerous when she threatens to send him back to prison. The years Tower spent on the inside have taken away the hope that he needs to regain before his temper destroys his second chance. When I Get Free is a novel inspired by the true events of an anonymous ex-con.


Click for more detail about Memories of Yesterday by Cheryl Robinson Memories of Yesterday

by Cheryl Robinson
Sterling Books (Aug 09, 2002)
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Porter Washington is a handsome Detroit Firefighter trying to live on twenty-seven thousand dollars a year while struggling to provide the materialistic lifestyle required of his longtime girlfriend, Reesey. When a lie ends Porter’s current relationship, he becomes confused and questions himself, his sexuality, and the secrets that he buried with his brother. After being dumped at the altar, Winona Fairchild packed her bags and fled Detroit for Fort Worth, Texas, with a man she barely knew. Now, seventeen years and two kids later, single Winona is embarking on a new career as an automotive designer for a major corporation. Excited with her recent promotion, which doubles her salary and allows her to relocate back to her hometown of Detroit, Winona decides to use the opportunity to hunt down a part of her past of which she refused to let go. Winona eventually discovers that true to form with her life, things are never quite the way they seem. Memories of Yesterday is a novel for every man and woman who has hung on to pain and regret too long, postponing an opportunity for a better today and tomorrow.


Click for more detail about Johnny Buffalo by Daniel Smith Johnny Buffalo

by Daniel Smith
Sterling Books (Aug 01, 1999)
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After being shot and left for dead, Johnny Buffalo, a soldier in the United States Army, watches in horror as a lynch mob viciously murders his best friend and mentor. Bitter and disillusioned by the army’s justice system, Johnny takes the law into his own hands and vows to bring the Texans who killled his friend to justice.