Heroes of Black History by the Editors of Time for Kids

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

TIME for Kids Heroes of Black History presents the stories of four great American heroes every child should know about in one volume: Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, and Barack Obama. Featuring an introduction by journalist and civil rights activist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Heroes of Black History shines a light on the long fight for social justice in the United States as it highlights the accomplishments and personal histories of these four pivotal Americans.

Young readers learn about the life of Harriet Tubman—born a slave around 1820, she escaped to the North, but returned to the South nineteen times as a conductor on the Underground Railroad to lead 300 slaves to freedom. An incredibly gifted athlete, Jackie Robinson endured taunts, slurs, and death threats when he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on an Alabama bus in 1955 and paved the way for a Supreme Court decision that declared segregation on Alabama’s public buses was unconstitutional. On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama took the oath of office as our country’s first African American president.

Illustrated with a dynamic mix of photographs and illustrations, the biographies of these Americans delve deeper than their accomplishments to reveal details on their childhoods, early experiences, schooling, family life, and more. Sidebars about related topics—Underground Railroad routes, sports firsts, the Harlem Renaissance, and more—give context and additional insights for young readers. Heroes of Black History also gives readers a timeline overview of three centuries of African American history, beginning with the slave trade, touching upon the formation of the NAACP, the civil rights movement, the March on Washington, and other pivotal events, up through the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement. Brief profiles of more than twenty additional heroes of black history, a glossary of key terms, and a detailed index are also included in this comprehensive book.

Review:

I really appreciated how informative this book was. The publisher did a great job of presenting the biographies of these important historical figures in a way that was understandable without eliminating or “dumbing down” any of the information. The inclusion of timelines at the end of each chapter, and pictures throughout really helped put their stories into perspective.

As an adult, I am always looking for ways to increase my knowledge of the history of the important people from our country’s past. Despite its being for kids, this book taught me more about the lives of everyone included. And I thought it was a great idea to include former president Obama in this compilation. Obviously he’ll forever be an important figure in our history, but he’s also a familiar face to today’s young readers, making the book feel that much more accessible.

Highly recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Purchase links: Barnes & NobleIndieBoundAmazon

Book stats: Hardcover, 192 pages, Time for Kids Books, December 19, 2017

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