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Ona Judge outwits the Washingtons : an enslaved woman fights for freedom book cover

Ona Judge outwits the Washingtons : an enslaved woman fights for freedom

Gwendolyn Hooks

jBIOGRAPHY Judge, Oney
Black Lives Matter, Black History, Read Woke, Picture Books, Biographies

"Soon after American colonists had won independence from Great Britain, Ona Judge was fighting for her own freedom from one of America's most famous founding fathers, George Washington. George and Martha Washington valued Ona as one of their most skilled and trustworthy slaves, but she would risk everything to achieve complete freedom. Born into slavery at Mount Vernon, Ona seized the opportunity to escape when she was brought to live in the President's Mansion in Philadelphia. Ona fled to New Hampshire and started a new life. But the Washingtons wouldn't give up easily. After her escape, Ona became the focus of a years-long manhunt, led by America's first president. Gwendolyn Hooks' vivid and detailed prose captures the danger, uncertainty, and persistence Ona Judge experienced during and after her heroic escape."--Provided by publisher.

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Ona Judge's story is powerful, moving, and for many, may be a suprising new look at our first president. -Casey

Pies from nowhere : how Georgia Gilmore sustained the Montgomery bus boycott book cover

Pies from nowhere : how Georgia Gilmore sustained the Montgomery bus boycott

Dee Romito

jE Romito
Black Lives Matter, Black History, Read Woke, Picture Books, Biographies

Georgia Gilmore was a cook at the National Lunch Company in Montgomery, Alabama. When the bus boycotts broke out in Montgomery after Rosa Parks was arrested, Georgia organized a group of women who cooked and baked to fund-raise for gas and cars to help sustain the boycott. This picture book highlights a hidden figure of the civil rights movement who fueled the bus boycotts and demonstrated that one person can make a real change in her community and beyond

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Baby goes to market

author Atinuke

jBOARD BOOK Atinuke
Read Woke, Black Lives Matter, Board Books

"Join Baby and his doting mama at a bustling southwest Nigerian marketplace for a bright, bouncy read-aloud offering a gentle introduction to numbers."--Publisher's description.

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Baby says

John Steptoe

jBOARD BOOK Steptoe
Black Lives Matter, Read Woke, Board Books

A baby and big brother figure out how to get along.

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Shades of black : a celebration of our children book cover

Shades of black : a celebration of our children

Sandra L Pinkney

jBOARD BOOK Pinkney
Read Woke, Black Lives Matter, Board Books

Photographs and poetic text celebrate the beauty and diversity of African-American children.

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Dream big, little one

Vashti Harrison

jBOARD BOOK Harrison
Read Woke, Black Lives Matter, Board Books

Featuring 18 trailblazing black women in American history, Dream Big, Little One is the board book adaptation of the author's Little leaders: bold women in Black history.

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A version of Little Dreamers for little fingers! -Casey

Race to incarcerate : a graphic retelling book cover

Race to incarcerate : a graphic retelling

Sabrina Jones

364.973 /Jones
Black Lives Matter, Graphic Novels

More than 2 million people are now imprisoned in the United States, producing the highest rate of incarceration in the world. How did this happen? As the director of The Sentencing Project, Marc Mauer has long been one of the country’s foremost experts on sentencing policy, race, and the criminal justice system. His book Race to Incarcerate has become the essential text for understanding the exponential growth of the U.S. prison system; Michelle Alexander, author of the bestselling The New Jim Crow, calls it "utterly indispensable." Now, Sabrina Jones, a member of the World War 3 Illustrated collective and an acclaimed author of politically engaged comics, has collaborated with Mauer to adapt and update the original book into a vivid and compelling comics narrative. Jones's dramatic artwork adds passion and compassion to the complex story of the penal system’s shift from rehabilitation to punishment and the ensuing four decades of prison expansion, its interplay with the devastating "War on Drugs," and its corrosive effect on generations of Americans.

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Monster : a graphic novel book cover

Monster : a graphic novel

Guy A. Sims

GRAPHIC NOVEL Myers
Black Lives Matter, Graphic Novels

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

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I am Alfonso Jones book cover

I am Alfonso Jones

Tony Medina

GRAPHIC NOVEL Medina
Black Lives Matter, Graphic Novels

The ghost of fifteen-year-old Alfonso Jones travels in a New York subway car full of the living and the dead, watching his family and friends fight for justice after he is killed by an off-duty police officer while buying a suit in a Midtown department store.

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Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the sower book cover

Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the sower

Damian Duffy

GRAPHIC NOVEL Butler
Black Lives Matter, Graphic Novels

In the year 2024, the country is marred by unattended environmental and economic crises that lead to social chaos. Lauren Olamina, a preacher's daughter living in Los Angeles, is protected from danger by the walls of her gated community. However, in a night of fire and death, what begins as a fight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny . . . and the birth of a new faith.

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