Black History (Fiction) Resources
located in the Curriculum Lab
Adoff, Arnold. BLACK IS BROWN IS TAN.
Describes in verse a family with a brown-skinned mother, white-skinned father, two children and their various relatives. c2002.
Angelou, Maya. MY PAINTED HOUSE, MY FRIENDLY CHICKEN, AND ME.
South African girl
describes her pet chicken, painting special designs on her house, dressing
up for school, and her mischievous brother.c1994.
Axtell, David. WE'RE GOING ON A LION HUNT. Two girl set out bravely in search of a lion, going through long grass, a swamp and a cave before they find what they're looking for. c2000.
Clifton, Lucille. ONE OF THE PROBLEMS OF EVERETT ANDERSON.
Everett Anderson wonders how can help his friend Greg, who appears to be a victom of child abuse. c2001.
Coles, Robert. THE STORY OF RUBY BRIDGES.
months six-year-old Ruby Bridges must confront the hostility of white
parents when she becomes the first African American girl to integrate
Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960.c1995.
Collier, Bryan. UPTOWN.
A tour of the sights of Harlem, including the Metro-North Train,
brownstones, shopping on 125th Street, a barber shop, summer basketball,
the Boy's Choir, and sunset over the Harlem River. c2000.
Crews, Donald. BIGMAMA'S.
Bigmama's. house in the country, young Donald Crews finds his relatives
full of news and the old place and its surroundings just the same as the
Daly, Niki. JAMELA'S DRESS.
Jamela gets in trouble when she takes the expensive material
intended for a new dress for Mama, parades it in the street, and allows it
to become dirty and torn. c1999.
De Veaux, Alexis. AN ENCHANTED HAIR TALE.
suffers from the general ridicule of his strange-looking hair, until he
comes to accept and enjoy its enchantment.c1987.
English, Karen. NEENY COMING, NEENY GOING.
eagerly awaits the visit of her cousin but feels disheartened after her
arrival because Neeny is no longer interested in life on the island from
which she moved.c1996.
Flournoy, Valerie. TANYA'S REUNION.
When she and her grandmother go to help with
preparations for a big family reunion, Tanya learns about the history of
the farm in Virginia where Grandma grew up. c1995.
Greenfield, Eloise. ME & NESSIE.
Janell's best friend is her invisible playmate Nessie, but things begin to change when Janell starts school. 
Havill, Juanita. JAMAICA AND BRIANNA.
hates wearing hand-me-down boots when her friend Brianna has pink fuzzy
Havill, Juanita. JAMAICA'S BLUE MARKER.
Jamaica thinks her classmate
Russell is a pest who is always getting into trouble, but then she
discovers he is moving away.c1995.
Havill, Juanita. JAMAICA'S FIND.
little girl finds a stuffed dog in the park and decides to take it
Hesse, Karen. COME ON, RAIN.
A young girl eagerly awaits a coming rainstorm to bring relief
from the oppressive summer heat. c1999.
Hoffman, Mary. AMAZING GRACE.
a classmate says that she cannot play Peter Pan in the school play because
she is black, Grace discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind
Hoffman, Mary. BOUNDLESS GRACE.
is invited for a visit with her father and his new family in Africa.c1995.
Hooks, Bell. SKIN AGAIN. Offers new ways to talk about race and identity. Like layers of skin, readers will peel away the pages of this visionary work to reveal all that is needed for us is to be loving and accepting of one another. c2204.
Hort, Lenny. HOW MANY STARS IN THE SKY.
One night when Mama is away, Daddy and child seek a good place to
count the stars in the night sky.c1991.
Hru, Dakari. JOSHUA'S MASAI MASK.
that his classmates will ridicule his playing the kalimba in the school
talent show, Joshua uses a magical Masai mask to transform himself into
different people he thinks are more interesting, before realizing that his
own identity is one of value.c1993.
Johnson, Dinah. QUEENIE BLUE.
Hattie wonders about the activities of her grandmother, Quinnie Blue, when she was little. c2000.
Joose, Barbara M.. HOT CITY.
Mimi and her little brother Joe escape from home and the city's summer heat to read and dream about princesses and dinosaurs in the cool, quiet library. c2004.
Keats, Ezra Jack. THE SNOWY DAY.
adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day. Caldecott
Kurtz, Jane. FARAWAY HOME.
Desta's father, who needs to return briefly to his Ethiopian homeland, describes what it was like for him to grow up there. c2000.
Johnson, Angela. I DREAM OF TRAINS. The son of a sharecropper dreams of leaving Mississippi on a train with the legendary engineer Casey Jones. c2003.
Lamperti, Noelle. BROWN LIKE ME.
A little girl named Noelle tells how she likes to go looking for
things that are brown like her. c1999.
Mayer, Mercer. LIZA LOU AND THE YELLER BELLY SWAMP.
With her quick thinking Liza Lou manages to outwit all the
haunts, gobblygooks, witches, and devils in the Yeller Belly Swamp.c1976.
Mendez, Phil. THE BLACK SNOWMAN
the powers of a magical kente, a black snowman comes to life and helps
young Jacob discover the beauty of his black heritage as well as his own
Mitchell, Margaree King. GRANDDADDY'S GIFT.
When her grandfather registers to vote while living in
segregated Mississippi, an Afro-American girl begins to understand why he
insists that she attend school. c1997.
Monjo, F. N. THE DRINKING GOURD.
home alone for misbehaving in church, Tommy discovers that his house is a
station on the underground railroad.c1970
Myers, Walter Dean. HARLEM: A POEM.
celebrating the people, sights, and sounds of Harlem.c1997.
Nolen, Jerdine. THUNDER ROSE. Unusual from the day she is born, Thunder Rose performs all sorts of amazing feats, including building fences, taming a stampeding herd of steers, capturing a gang of rustlers, and turning asisde a tornado. c2004.
Pinkney, J. Brian. MAX FOUND TWO STICKS.
he doesn't feel like talking, a young boy responds to questions by
drumming on various objects, including a bucket, hat boxes, and garbage
cans, echoing the city sounds around him.c1994.
Poydar, Nancy. BUSY BEA.
Bea is too
busy to keep track of her own belongings but she always knows just where
things are for her grandmother.c1994.
Ringgold, Faith. AUNT HARRIET'S UNDERGROUND RAILROAD IN THE SKY.
Harriet Tubman as her guide, Cassie retraces the steps escaping slaves
took on the Underground Railroad in order to reunite with her younger
Ringgold, Faith. CASSIE'S WORD QUILT. Names the people and objects that make a girl's New York City apartment, school and neighborhood special. c2003.
Ringgold, Faith. TAR BEACH.
A young girl
dreams of flying above her Harlem home, claiming all she sees for herself
and her family. Based on the author's quilt painting of the same
Roberts, Brenda C. JAZZY MIZ MOZETTA.
On a beautiful evening, Miz Mozetta puts on her red dress and blue shoes and dances the jitterbug just like she did many years before. c2004.
Schroeder, Alan. RAGTIME TUMPIE.
Tumpie, a young black girl who will later become famous as the
dancer Josephine Baker, longs to find the opportunity to dance amid the
poverty and vivacious street life of St. Louis in the early 1900s.c1989.
Souhami, Jessica. THE LEOPARD'S DRUM: An Asante tale from West Africa.
Osebo the leopard the animal who will bring him the drum.c1995.
Steptoe, John. BIRTHDAY.
celebrates his eighth birthday with all the people of a fantasied African
Steptoe, John. CREATIVITY.
helps Hector, a student who has just moved from Puerto Rico, adjust to his
Steptoe, John. MUFARO'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS: An African tale.
Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and
sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife.c1987.c1969.
Stuve-Bodeen, Stephanie. ELIZABETI'S DOLL.
a young Tanzanian girl gets a new baby brother, she finds a rock, which
she names Eva, and makes it her baby doll.c1998.
Thomas, Joyce Carol. BROWN HONEY IN BROOMWHEAT TEA.
A collection of poems exploring the theme of African-American
Walker, Alice. TO HELL WITH DYING.
author relates how old Mr. Sweet, though often on the verge of dying,
could always be revived by the loving attention that she and her brother
Weatherford, Carole Boston. JUNETEENTH JAMBOREE.
Cassandra and her family have moved to her parents' hometown in
experiences Juneteenth, a Texas tradition celebrating the end of
Williams-Garcia, Rita. CATCHING THE WILD WAIYUUZEE.
As she tries
to escape her mother's efforts to "plait-a-plait" and
"string-a-bead" her hair, a young girl imagines herself escaping
into a jungle. c2000.
Woodson, Jacqueline. WE HAD A PICNIC THIS SUNDAY PAST.
A young girl describes her various
relatives and the foods they bring to the annual family picnic.c1997.
Zemach, Margot. JAKE AND HONEYBUNCH GO TO HEAVEN. T
he exuberance of a man and his mule newly arrived in heaven causes
so much furor that God gives them one last chance before He throws them
Banks, Jacqueline Turner. EGG-DROP BLUES.
Judge Jenkins has a low science grade because of his dyslexia, so he
convinces his twin brother Jury to work with him in a science competition
in order to earn extra credit.c1995.
Bargar, Gary. LIFE. IS. NOT FAIR.
and his aunt are startled and upset when a Black family moves next door to
their Kansas City home in 1958, but Louis soon recognizes that his new
neighbor is a more reliable friend than the group of junior high
"cools" with whom he had hoped to be friends.c1984.
Bearden, Romare. LI'L DAN, THE DRUMMER BOY: A CIVIL WAR STORY.
When a company of black Union soldiers tells Li'l Dan that he is no longer a slave, he follows them, and uses his beloved drum to save them from attack. c2003.
Bell, William. ZACK.
The son of a Jewish father and black mother, high school seniorZack
has never been allowed to meet his mother's family, but after doing a
research project on a former slave, he travels from his home in Canada to
Natchez, Mississippi to find his grandfather. c1999.
Burns, Khephra. MANSA MUSA: THE LION OF MALI.
A fictional account of the nomadic wanderings of the boy who grew up to become Mali's great fourteenth-century leader, Mansa Musa. c2001.
Cooney, Caroline B. BURNING UP: A NOVEL.
When a girl she had met at an inner-city church is murdered,
fifteen-year-old Macey channels her grief into a school project that leads
her to uncover prejudice she had not imagined in her grandparents and
their wealthy Connecticut community. c1999.
Curtis, Christopher Paul. BUCKING THE SARGE.
Luther T. Farrel has got to get out of Flint, MI. As his best friend Sparky says, "Flint's nothing but the Titanic." And his mother, a.k.a. the Sarge, says, "Take my advice and stay off the sucker path." The Sarge milked the system to build an empire of slum housing and group homes. Luther's just one of the many people trapped in the Sarge's Evil Empire--but he is about to bust out. If Luther wins the science fair this year, he will be on track for college. c2004.
Curtis, Christopher Paul. BUD, NOT BUDDY.
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan,
during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in
search of the man he believes to be his father—the renowned bandleader,
H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids. c1999.
Curtis, Christopher Paul. THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM—1963.
The ordinary interactions and
everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in
Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in
Alabama in the summer of 1963.
Draper, Sharon M. FORGED BY FIRE.
Gerald, who has spent years protecting his fragile half-sister from their
abusive father, faces the prospect of one final confrontation before the
problem can be solved.c1997.
English, Karen. FRANCIE.
When the sixteen-year-old boy whom she tutors in reading is accused
of attempting to murder a white man, Francie gets herself in serious
trouble for her efforts at friendship. c1999.
Evans, Freddi Williams. A BUS OF OUR OWN.
Although she really wants to go to school, walking the five miles is very difficult for Mabel Jean and the other black children, so she tries to find a way to get a bus for them the same as the white children. Based on real events in Mississippi. c2001.
Fenner, Carol. YOLONDA'S GENIUS.
moving from Chicago to Grand River, Michigan, fifth
grader Yolonda, big and strong for her age, determines to prove
that her younger brother is not a slow learner but a true musical
Flake, Sharon. THE SKIN I'M IN.
Thirteen-year-old Maleeka, uncomfortable because her skin is
extremely dark, meets a new teacher with a birthmark on her face and makes
some discoveries about how to love who she is and what she looks like.
Flake, Sharon. WHO AM I WITHOUT HIM?: SHORT STORIES ABOUT GIRLS AND THE BOYS IN THEIR LIVES.
So I ain't no good girl -- The ugly one -- Wanted: a thug -- I know a stupid boy when I see one -- Mookie in love -- Don't be disrespecting me -- I like white boys -- Jacob's rules -- Hunting for boys -- A letter to my daughter. c2004.
Grifalconi, Ann. THE VILLAGE THAT VANISHED.
In southeastern Africa, a young Yao girl and her mother find a way for their fellow villages to escape approaching salve traders. c2002.
Hamilton, Virginia. M. C. HIGGINS, THE GREAT.
a slag heap, the result of strip mining, creeps closer to his house in the
Ohio hills, fifteen-year-old M. C. is torn between trying to get his
family away and fighting for the home they love.c1974.
Hamilton, Virginia. WEE WINNIE WITCH'S SKINNY: AN ORIGINAL AFRICAN AMERICAN SCARE TALE.
James Lee and Uncle Big Anthony become victims of Wee Winnie Witch, who takes them on a ride up into the sky, but Mama Granny saves them. c2004.
Hamilton, Virginia. THE BELLS OF CHRISTMAS.
Twelve-year-old Jason describes the wonderful Christmas of 1890 that he and his family celebrate in their home in Springfield, Ohio, c1989.
Hathaway, Barbara. MISSY VIOLET & ME.
During the early 1900s, eleven-year-old Viney spends her summer working for the local midwife and learns firsthand about birth, death, and "catchin" babies." 2004.
Hathorn, Elizabeth. SKY SASH SO BLUE.
The special sky
blue sash that a young slave girl offers to give her older sister for her
wedding dress becomes a tie that binds the family together when the sister
moves away. c1998.
Herschler, Mildren Barger. THE DARKEST CORNER.
Her loving relationship with the black woman who works for her family and her friendship with two black neighbors in the small Mississippi town where she grows up in the 1950s and 1960s brings Teddy into conflict with her racist father, a member of the local Ku Klux Klan. c2000.
Hopkinson, Deborah. UNDER THE QUILT OF NIGHT.
A young girl flees from the farm where she has been worked as a slave and uses the Underground Railroad to escape to freedom in the north. c2001.
Howard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald. VERGIE FOES TO SCHOOL WITH US BOYS.
In the post-Civil War South, a young African American girl is determined to prove that she can go to school just like her older brothers. c1999.
Johnson, Angela. HEAVEN.
Marley's seemingly perfect life in the small town of Heaven is disrupted
when she discovers that her father and mother are not her real parents.
Johnson, Angela. LOOKING FOR RED. A thirteen-year-old girl struggles to cope with the loss of her beloved older brother, who disappeared four months earlier off the coast of Cape Cod. c2002.
Lester, Julius. DAY OF TEARS: A NOVEL IN DIALOGUE.
Emma has taken care of the butler children since Sarah and Frances's mother, Fanny, left. Emma wants to raise the girls to have good hearts, as a rift over slavery has ripped the Butler household apart. c2005.
Levitin, Sonia. DREAM FREEDOM.
Marcus and his classmates learn about the terrible problem of slavery in present-day Sudan and raise money to help buy the freedom of some of the slaves. Alternate chapters tell the stories of the slaves. c2000.
Lipsyte, Robert. THE BRAVE.
the Indian reservation for the streets of New York, seventeen-year-old
boxer Sonny Bear tries to harness his inner rage by training with Alfred
Brooks, who has left the sport to become a policeman.c1991.
Lyons, Mary E. LETTERS FROM A SLAVE GIRLS: THE STORY OF HARRIET JACOBS. A fictionalized version of the life of Harriet Jacobs, told in the form of letters that she might have written during her slavery in North Carolina and as she prepared for escape to the North in 1842. c1992.
McDonald, Janet. SPELLBOUND.
Raven, a teenage mother and high school dropout living in a housing project, decides, with the help and sometime interference of her best friend Aisha, to study for a spelling bee which could lead to a college preparatory program and four-year scholarship. c2001.
Marino, Jan. THE DAY THAT ELVIS CAME TO TOWN.
Wanda feels betrayed when her parents' glamorous boarder doesn't
introduce her to Elvis Presley, and it takes a near-tragedy to reunite
them and to help her face the truth about her family and herself.c1991.
Myers, Walter Dean. FALLEN ANGELS.
Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high
school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating
year on active duty in Vietnam.c1988.
Myers, Christopher A. FLY! On the roof of his building, lonely Jawanza meets a homeless man who teacher him how to make friends with the sparrows and pigeons up there. c2001.
Myers, Walter Dean. THE JOURNAL OF JOSHUA LOPER: A BLACK COWBOY.
"Joshua Loper is a fictional character created by the author. In 1871 Joshua Loper, a sixteen-year-old black cowboy,
records in his journal his experiences while making his first cattle drive
under an unsympathetic trail boss. c1999.
Myers, Walter Dean, THE MOUSE RAP.
an eventful summer in Harlem, fourteen-year-old Mouse and his friends fall
in and out of love and search for a hidden treasure from the days of Al
Myers, Walter Dean. THE OUTSIDE SHOT.
by a small mid-western college to play basketball, a Harlem boy has many
new experiences, including working with a child who needs physical therapy
and dealing with corruption in college sports.c1984.
Myers, Walter Dean, 1937. SCORPIONS.
reluctantly taking on the leadership of the Harlem gang, the Scorpions,
Jamal finds that his enemies treat him with respect when he acquires a
gun--until a tragedy occurs.c1988.
Myers, Walter Dean. SLAM!
Sixteen-year-old "Slam" Harris is counting on his
noteworthy basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give
him a chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things
Naidoo, Beverley. THE OTHER SIDE OF TRUTH.
Summuggled out of Nigeria after their mother's murder, Sade and her younger brother are abandoned in London when their uncle fails to meet them at the airport and they are fearful of their new surroundings and of what may have happened to their journalist father back in Nigeria. c2001.
Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux. ALMOST TO FREEDOM.
Tells the story of a young girl's dramatic escape from slavery via the Underground Railroad, from the perspective of her beloved rag doll. c2003.
Nwapa, Flora. WIVES AT WAR, AND OTHER STORIES.
Common to all stories is the involvement of women in
all kinds of wars. c1992.
Nwapa, Flora. Women are different.
African women writers series. This is a bout a group of
Nigerian women, from their school days together through the trials
and tribulations of their adult lives. c1992.
Paterson, Katherine. JIP : HIS STORY.
living on a Vermont poor farm during 1855 and 1856, Jip learns his
identity and that of his mother and comes to understand how he arrived at
Paulsen, Gary. NIGHTJOHN.
Twelve-year-old Sarny's brutal life as a slave becomes even more
dangerous when a newly arrived slave offers to teach her how to read.
Pesci, David. AMISTAD.
A novel on an African-American hero. In 1839, Joseph Cinque, also knows as Singbe, leads a rising of African slaves on a Spanish slave ship. They kill most of the crew and order the navigator to steer for Africa, but he steers in the opposite direction. The ship is captured by the Americans. Abolitionists take up their cause, the Supreme Court rules that they are free men, and Cinque returns home covered in glory. c1997.
Reeder, Carolyn. ACROSS THE LINES.
Edward, the son of a white plantation owner, and his black
house servant and friend Simon witness the siege of Petersburg during the
Civil War. c1997.
Rees, Douglas. LIGHTNING TIME.
Theodore Worth struggles with the decision to leave his home in Boston and
join the controversial abolitionist John Brown in the fight against
Rinaldi, Ann. THE EDUCATION OF MARY : A LITTLE MISS OF COLOR, 1832.
1832, Prudence Crandall begins admitting black girls to her exclusive
Connecticut school, scandalizing white society and eventually causing her
arrest and the closing of her school. c2000.
Rosenburg, John M. WILLIAM PARKER: REBEL WITHOUT RIGHTS.
William Parker, an escaped
slave, defies the United States government in the Christiana Riot of 1851,
an event which triggers the biggest treason trial in American
Sanders, Dori. CLOVER : A NOVEL.
her father dies within hours of being married to a white woman, a
ten-year-old black girl learns with her new mother to overcome grief and
to adjust to a new place in their rural black South Carolina
Siegelson, Kim L. IN THE TIME OF THE DRUMS.
American-born slave boy, watches his beloved grandmother, Twi, lead the
insurrection at Teakettle Creek of Ibo people arriving from Africa on a
slave ship. c1999.
Stroud, Bettye. THE PATCHWORK PATH: A QUILT MAP TO FREEDOM.
While her father leads her toward Canada and away from the plantation where they have been slaves, a young girl thinks of the quilt her mother used to teach her a code that will help guide them to freedom. c2005.
Taylor, Mildred D. THE FRIENDSHIP.
children witness a confrontation between an elderly black man and a white
storekeeper in rural Mississippi in the 1930's.c1987.
Taylor, Mildred D. THE LAND.
After the Civil War, Paul, the son of a white father and a black mother, finds himself caught between the two worlds of colored folks and white folds as he pursues his dream of owning land of his own. c2001.
Taylor, Mildred D. ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY.
black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced with
prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand.c1997.
Griffin, Gail. ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY: A STUDY GUIDE.
This teaching guide includes focusing on the background of the
novel, elements of the novel, vocabulary from the novel, plot synopsis and
literary focus, reading guide questions, testing
the novel with answer key.c1989.
Taylor, Mildred D. THE ROAD TO MEMPHIS.
Sadistically teased by two white boys in 1940's
rural Mississippi, a black youth severely injures one of the boys with a
tire iron and enlists Cassie's help in trying to flee the state.c1990.
Walter, Mildred Pitts. JUSTIN AND THE BEST BISCUITS IN THE WORLD.
Suffering in a family full of females, ten-year-old Justin feels
that cleaning and keeping house are women's work until he spends time on
his beloved grandfather's ranch.c1986.
Walter, Mildred Pitts. SECOND DAUGHTER: THE STORY OF A SLAVE GIRL.
In late eighteenth-century Massachusetts, Aissa, the fictional
younger sister of Elizabeth Freeman, relates how her sister gains freedom
for herself and her family by bringing a suit against their owner in
Wiles, Debbie. FREEDOM SUMMER.
In 1964, Joe is pleased that a new law will allow his best friend John Henry, who is colored, to share the town pool and other public places with him, but he is dismayed to find that prejudice still exists. c2001.
Williams-Garcia, Rita. FAST TALK ON A SLOW TRACK.
honors student Denzel Watson spends his last summer before college selling
candy door-to-door in New York, competing on many levels with the
charismatic Mello, and discovering how to motivate and apply
Williams-Garcia, Rita. LIKE SISTERS ON THE HOMEFRONT.
Troubled fourteen-year-old Gayle is sent down South to live with
her uncle and aunt, where her life begins to change as she experiences the
healing power of the family.c1995.
WHY MOSQUITOES BUZZ IN PEOPLE'S EARS. [electronic resource] New York: Scholastic, c2000. 2 CDs + 1 teachr's/user's guide. This retelling of a West African tale follows the chain of events from a mosquito's boasting. Students can take audiovisual side trips from the video lessons. They can also read and hear the lessons in narrated text from. Specially highlighted words in the text lead to rhyming definitions and thesaurus words. Each lesson is accompanied by a game that reinforces reading skills.
Robbis, Sandra. HOW THE TURTLE GOT ITS SHELL: AN AFRICAN TALE. [sound recording] c1991.
FOLLOW THE DRINKING GOURD. [videorecording] (30 min) Rabbit Ear Productions; c1992.
Based on the traditional American folksong are the
compelling adventures of one family's escape from slavery via the
JOHN HENRY. [videorecording] (30 min.) Rabbit Ears Productions;c1992.
legend of John Henry, the mightiest, doggone greatest nation builder the
country's ever seen, who single-handedly defeats the steam drill in a
LONG WALK HOME. [videorecording]
(98 min.)Miramax Films; c1991.
Award winner Whoopi Goldberg is Odessa Cotter, a quietly dignified woman,
who works as a housekeeper for Miriam Thompson
(Academy Award winner Sissy Spacek). When Odessa honors the 1955
Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott by walking an exhausting nine miles to
and from work, Miriam offers her a ride. Defying both Miriam's racist
husband (Dwight Schultz) and the powerful White Citizen's Council, Miriam
and Odessa put their lives in danger for civil rights. Their shared
experiences draw them closer as a deep respect and lasting friendship
forms. Together, in a difficult world of black versus white, they manage
to discover a common ground.
MUFARO'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS. [videorecording] (14 min.) Weston, Conn. : Weston Woods Studios, c1988.
Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, the other
kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife.
RUBY BRIDGES. [videorecording] (90 min) Vista Home Entertainment, c1998.
Based on the true story of six-year-old Ruby, one of
the first Black students to integrate public elementary school in New
YO! YES? [videorecording] (5 min.) Weston Woods Studios: Scholastic distributors. c2000.
Two lonely characters, one black and one white, meet on the street and become friends.
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Rand, Donna. BLACK BOOKS GALORE!: GUIDE TO GREAT AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN'S BOOKS. c1998.
Created by Donna Wallach, February 2006