Portraits of African-American Heroes
Here, ideal for African-American History Month, is a stunningly beautiful book consisting of portraits-in pictures and words-of twenty outstanding African-Americans. The individuals range from historical to contemporary figures, such as the dancer Judith Jamison, and represent diverse fields of endeavor, from the law (Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall) to athletics, science, and more. For each individual, there is a three-page biography by the noted author Tonya Bolden and a striking black-and-white portrait that captures not only the subject's likeness but is a work of art in itself. A book to inspire, to teach, or to display, with its large trim size and striking design, it is as handsome as it is important.
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"You weren't born to be a failure, Bennie," Mrs. Carson stressed to her ten-year-
old son. He had begun to dream of being a doctor, but in fifth grade, even getting
a D in math was a struggle. "You can't settle for just barely passing. You're too
smart to do that." His mother helped him along by quizzing him on the
multiplication tables at the end of her long workday. At times, she worked two and
three jobs to shelter, feed, and clothe him and his older brother, Curtis. When
Bennie and Curtis ...
Fourteen-year-old Benjamin Solomon Carson was back on track. Carson's
scholastic achievements in high school earned him a scholarship to Yale
University. After Yale, he attended the University of Michigan Medical School,
where he became extremely interested in surgery on the nervous system.
Recognizing his fascination with the human brain and his terrific hand- eye
coordination, he decided to become a neurosurgeon. Hands once so quick to
harm would be devoted to ...
“Simmons, Ruth J.” Current Biography Yearbook 1996 (Bronx, NY: H.W. Wilson.
1997) p. 515. “I would . . . Brown University.” Ruth Simmons, 60 Minutes. 0 Ben
Carson “You. . . Bennie.” Sonya Carson, quoted in Ben Carson, M.D. , with Cecil
Murphey, Gified Hands: The Ben Carson Story (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan,
1990), p. 18. “You can't. . .do that.” Sonya Carson, ibid., p. 33. “If you. . . can read.”
Sonya Carson, ibid., p. 37. “Italian knit. . . and suede coats.” Ben Carson, ibid., p.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Adrian.Gaytan - LibraryThing
The individuals range from historical to contemporary figures, such as the dancer Judith Jamison, and represent diverse fields of endeavor, from the law (Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall) to ... Read full review
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This is a great book for a Social Studies Unit. Each student can pick someone from the book and write an essay. There are 20 African American Heroes is this book. While reading this book, I learned a few things myself. Read full review