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The amazing age of John Roy Lynch

A picture book biography of John Roy Lynch, one of the first African-Americans elected into the United States Congress.

Al Sharpton

Looks at the life of civil rights leader Al Sharpton.


Looks at the history of outstanding African Americans in their careers, focusing on politicians.

African American Politicians & Civil Rights Activists

Through centuries of suffering, slavery, inequality, discrimination, segregation, and racist violence, African Americans have endured, resisted, fought, and, increasingly over time, won many battles. These victories were propelled by a groundswell of grassroots action, but they were also motivated and organized by courageous and inspirational leadership. Journalists, abolitionists, educators, religious leaders, politicians, judges, and even schoolchildren showed the world a better way forward and led the way down the very difficult road to greater equality, freedom, and civil rights. This collection profiles the leading lights in the struggle for freedom and equality, including MLK, Coretta Scott King, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. DuBois, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, and Ruby Bridges, among many others.
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Barack Obama

first African-American president
This book tells the story of Barack Obama from the time of his birth in Hawaii to becoming the first African-American president of the United States. Readers will learn about his family, where he grew up, and how he came to be our nation's 44th president.
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Political leaders past and present

an introduction to important Black achievers
Contains profiles of African Americans who have made valuable contributions in U.S. governmental leadership.

African Americans in political office

from the Civil War to the White House
Discusses the history of African American people in American politics.

Locking up our own

crime and punishment in black America
"An original and consequential argument about race, crime, and the law Today, Americans are debating our criminal justice system with new urgency. Mass incarceration and aggressive police tactics -- and their impact on people of color -- are feeding outrage and a consensus that something must be done. But what if we only know half the story? In Locking Up Our Own, the Yale legal scholar and former public defender James Forman Jr. weighs the tragic role that some African Americans themselves played in escalating the war on crime. As Forman shows, the first substantial cohort of black mayors, judges, and police chiefs took office around the country amid a surge in crime. Many came to believe that tough measures -- such as stringent drug and gun laws and "pretext traffic stops" in poor African American neighborhoods -- were needed to secure a stable future for black communities. Some politicians and activists saw criminals as a "cancer" that had to be cut away from the rest of black America. Others supported harsh measures more reluctantly, believing they had no other choice in the face of a public safety emergency. Drawing on his experience as a public defender and focusing on Washington, D.C., Forman writes with compassion for individuals trapped in terrible dilemmas -- from the young men and women he defended to officials struggling to cope with an impossible situation. The result is an original view of our justice system as well as a moving portrait of the human beings caught in its coils. "--.

President Obama

a day in the life of America's leader


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