The Book of Awesome Black Americans
Scientific Pioneers, Trailblazing Entrepreneurs, Barrier-Breaking Activists, and Afro-Futurists
By: Monique L. Jones
Publication Date — January 14, 2020 Binding — Paperback, 5x8
Page Count —200 Price — $16.95
ISBN — 978-1642501476 LCN — 2019948836
Subject categories — YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION /
Biography & Autobiography / Cultural, Ethnic, & Regional
This work’s intended audience is for adults.
Distribution: Ingram Publishing Services (IPS)+
Young readers may be familiar with the few Black Americans mentioned in American history books, but there are countless others that have not been recognized by historians and the culture at large. Their groundbreaking contributions in the fields of finance, STEM, visual arts and literature, among others, have been far-reaching stateside, and worldwide. The Book of Awesome Black Americans is a collection of biographies that recount the challenges faced, and heights reached, by individuals such as Claudette Colvin—the Civil Rights activist who, before Rosa Parks, refused to give up her seat in a bus to a white passenger—Annie Turnbo Malone, a foundational figure in the Black beauty and cosmetic industry. Readers will also learn about transgender soul and R&B pioneer Jackie Shane and Dr. Robert Bullard, the father of environmental justice. As recounted by cultural critic Monique L. Jones, these engaging and meaningful stories are made relevant to young readers and will encourage them, especially teenagers, to forge their own path to change.
Author Monique L. Jones is an entertainment and pop culture writer, media critic, and TV/Film reviewer. Jones has written for ShockYa, TV Equals, Racialicious, Black Girl Nerds, The Nerds of Color, Tor, Ebony, Entertainment Weekly, SlashFilm, The Birmingham Times and The Miami New Times. She also writes about pop culture and media as it relates to race, culture, and representation at JUST ADD COLOR (colorwebmag.com).
Over the next year, Monique will make appearances at independent bookstores, launch her book-related newsletter and take part in an extensive podcast tour. Current endorsements include:
"The Book of Awesome Black Americans belongs on every coffee table in America. Monique Jones packs her book with astonishing stories of bravery, grit, and joy. The astonishing anecdotes of overlooked personalities and heroes will ensure you never look at history the same again. Who says history has to be boring?"
- Li Lai, founder of Mediaversity Reviews “Monique L. Jones is my go-to for witty, bold and compassionate takes on pop culture. In The Book of Awesome Black Americans, Jones brings her impressive breadth of knowledge and slick style to this well-researched and endlessly exciting collection of Black American stories. The Book of Awesome Black Americans sheds new light on familiar heroes and showcases Black Americans we should be talking about more. Activists and rap stars, abolitionists and pioneers, inventors and scientists surge with life throughout this thrilling and comprehensive work. Read this book! It’s awesome.
-Jennifer Maritza McCauley, National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and author of SCAR ON/SCAR OFF
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