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  • 100 African-Americans who shaped American history

    100 African-Americans who shaped American history1995

    by Chrisanne Beckner

    (35)

    BOOK

    Call #: 973.0496 BEC

    Location: Adult Nonfiction

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  • Slavery by another name [DVD]

    Slavery by another name2012

    Summary: Challenges one of America's most cherished assumptions, the belief that slavery in the U.S. ended with Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, by telling the harrowing story of how, in the...  more »

    DVD

    Call #: DVD 305.896 SLA

    Location: DVDs Nonfiction

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  • Slavery by another name : the re-enslavement of Black people in America from the Civil War to World War II / Douglas A. Blackmon.

    Slavery by another name : the re-enslavement of Black people in America from the Civil War to World War II / Douglas A. Blackmon.2008

    by Douglas A Blackmon

    (5,035)

    BOOK

    Call #: 305.896 BLA

    Location: Adult Nonfiction

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  • Martin Luther King, Jr. [downloadable ebook] / civil rights leader

    Martin Luther King, Jr. / civil rights leader2009

    by Margaret Hall

    Series: Beginner Biographies

    (5)

    Summary: An illustrated introduction to the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Includes a time line and a glossary.
  • The undefeated

    The undefeated2019

    by Kwame Alexander

    (1,591)

    Summary: An ode to black American triumph and tribulation. Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma...  more »

    BOOK

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  • Juneteenth

    Juneteenth2019

    by Rachel A Koestler-Grack

    Summary: On June 19, 1865 -- two years after the Emancipation Proclamation -- Galveston, Texas became the last place in the country to learn the slaves were free. Today, Juneteenth is a joyful occasion with...  more »

    BOOK

    Call #: J READER 394.263 KOE

    Location: Beginning Readers

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  • Life is so good

    Life is so good2001

    by George Dawson b

    (4,970)

    Summary: What makes a happy person, a happy life? In this remarkable book, George Dawson, a 101-year-old man who learned to read when he was 98, reflects on the philosophy he learned from his father--a belief...  more »

    BOOK

    Call #: 976.4 DAW

    Location: Adult Nonfiction

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  • Life is so good [downloadable ebook]

    Life is so good2000

    by George Dawson b

    (4,971)

    Summary: Mr. Dawson, a 101-year-old man who learned to read when he was 98, shares his life story and his "insights into humanity, history, America ... parenting ... [and] attitude."--Jacket.

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  • The fire this time : a new generation speaks about race

    The fire this time : a new generation speaks about race2016

    (4,547)

    Summary: In light of recent tragedies and widespread protests across the nation, The Progressive magazine republished one of its most famous pieces: James Baldwin's 1962 "Letter to My Nephew," which was later...  more »

    BOOK

    Call #: 305.896 FIR

    Location: Adult Nonfiction

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  • African Americans in Iowa : a chronicle of contributions, 1830-1992

    African Americans in Iowa : a chronicle of contributions, 1830-19921992

    by Frances E Hawthorne

    BOOK

    Call #: 977.7 HAW

    Location: Adult Nonfiction

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  • African Americans of Des Moines and Polk County

    African Americans of Des Moines and Polk County2011

    by Honesty Parker

    (5)

    BOOK

    Call #: ON ORDER

    Locations: Adult Nonfiction, On Order

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  • The other Wes Moore [downloadable ebook] / one name, two fates

    The other Wes Moore / one name, two fates2010

    by Wes Moore

    (32,024)

    Summary: Two kids with the same name were born blocks apart in the same decaying city within a few years of each other. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, army officer, White House Fellow, and business...  more »

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  • Say it loud [eBook] / great speeches on civil rights and African American identity

    Say it loud / great speeches on civil rights and African American identity2010

    (18)

    Summary: Collects the text and audio recordings of famous African American political speeches, by individuals ranging from Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. to Condoleezza Rice and Barack Obama.

    EBOOK

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  • African American lives [DVD]. 2

    African American lives . 22008

    Summary: Gates returns as host to guide more notable African Americans on a search for their ancestry. Genealogical investigations and DNA analysis help Maya Angelou, Bliss Broyard, Don Cheadle, Morgan...  more »

    DVD

    Call #: DVD 929.2 AFR

    Location: DVDs Nonfiction

    copies in: 1 of 1 details

  • Booker T. Washington : African-American leader

    Booker T. Washington : African-American leader2013

    by Pat McKissack

    Series: Great African Americans

    (2)

    Summary: "A simple biography for early readers about Booker T. Washington's life"--Provided by publisher.

    BOOK

    Call #: J B WASHINGTON

    Location: Juvenile Biographies

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  • Martin Luther King Jr. : marching for equality

    Martin Luther King Jr. : marching for equality2011

    by Stephanie Macceca

    (1)

    Summary: Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up when African Americans and white people were not treated equally. He had a dream that one day all people would be treated fairly. Martin knew that his dream was...  more »

    BOOK

    Call #: J B KING

    Location: Juvenile Biographies

    copies in: 0 of 1 details

  • Freedom summer [DVD]

    Freedom summer2014

    Summary: "In the hot and deadly summer of 1964, the nation could not turn away from Mississippi. Over 10 memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and...  more »

    DVD

    Call #: DVD 323.1196 FRE

    Location: DVDs Nonfiction

    copies in: 1 of 1 details

  • W.E.B. DuBois : biography of a race, 1868-1919

    W.E.B. DuBois : biography of a race, 1868-19191994

    by David L Lewis

    (2,149)

    Summary: A biography of the African-American author and scholar describes DuBois's formative years, the evolution of his philosophy, and his roles as a founder of the NAACP and architect of the American civil-rights movement.

    BOOK

    Call #: B DU BOIS

    Location: Adult Biographies

    copies in: 1 of 1 details

  • Dark sky rising : Reconstruction and the dawn of Jim Crow

    Dark sky rising : Reconstruction and the dawn of Jim Crow2019

    by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    (237)

    Summary: This is a story about America and the shaping of its democratic values during the Reconstruction era, one of our country's most pivotal and misunderstood chapters. In this stirring account of the...  more »

    BOOK

    Call #: J 323.1 GAT

    Location: New Juvenile Nonfiction

    copies in: 1 of 1 details

  • Peace, Locomotion [downloadable ebook]

    Peace, Locomotion2009

    by Jacqueline Woodson

    (1,721)

    Summary: Through letters to his little sister, who is living in a different foster home, sixth-grader Lonnie, also known as "Locomotion," keeps a record of their lives while they are apart, describing his own...  more »

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  • Porch lies [downloadable audiobook] / tales of slicksters, tricksters, and other wily characters

    Porch lies / tales of slicksters, tricksters, and other wily characters2007

    by Pat McKissack

    Summary: A story anthology from award-winning author Patricia C. McKissack, who has been credited with changing the face of children's literature with her rich writing that celebrates the expressions of...  more »

    E-AUDIOBOOK

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  • Sweet land of liberty [downloadable ebook] / the forgotten struggle for civil rights in the North

    Sweet land of liberty / the forgotten struggle for civil rights in the North2008

    by Thomas J Sugrue

    (249)

    Summary: Sweet Land of Liberty is an epic, revelatory account of the abiding quest for justice in states from Illinois to New York, and of how the intense northern struggle differed from and was inspired by the fight down South.
  • Black lives matter

    Black lives matter2019

    (3)

    Summary: In 2012, a seventeen-year-old African American boy named Trayvon Martin was murdered in cold blood by a neighborhood vigilante. When the murderer was acquitted, shock waves ran through African...  more »

    BOOK

    Call #: 323.1196 BLA YA

    Location: YA Nonfiction

    copies in: 1 of 1 details

  • Good hair [DVD]

    Good hair2010

    Summary: Comedian Chris Rock tackles the very personal issue of hair, and how attaining good hair can impact African American's activities, relationships, wallets, and a self-esteem. Engages in frank, funny...  more »

    DVD

    Call #: DVD 646.724 GOO

    Location: DVDs Nonfiction

    copies in: 1 of 1 details

  • Sojourner Truth : a voice for freedom

    Sojourner Truth : a voice for freedom1992

    by Pat McKissack

    (7)

    Summary: Describes the life of the anti-slavery and women's rights activist, from her beginnings in slavery to her tireless campaign for the rights and welfare of the freedmen.

    BOOK

    Call #: J B TRUTH

    Location: Juvenile Biographies

    copies in: 1 of 1 details

  • Between the world and me [CD book]

    Between the world and me2015

    by Ta-Nehisi Coates (read by Ta-Nehisi Coates)

    (172,741)

    Summary: "In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework...  more »

    AUDIOBOOK

    Call #: CD BOOK 305.8 COA

    Location: Adult CD Books Nonfiction

    copies in: 1 of 1 details

  • I am Martin Luther King, Jr.

    I am Martin Luther King, Jr.2016

    by Brad Meltzer

    Series: Ordinary People Change The World

    (572)

    Summary: "A biography of Martin Luther King Jr. that tells the story of how he used nonviolence to lead the civil rights movement." -- Provided by publisher

    BOOK

    Call #: J B KING

    Location: Juvenile Biographies

    copies in: 1 of 1 details

  • Turning 15 on the road to freedom : my story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March

    Turning 15 on the road to freedom : my story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March2015

    by Lynda Blackmon Lowery

    (2,603)

    Summary: A 50th-anniversary tribute shares the story of the youngest person to complete the momentous Selma to Montgomery March, describing her frequent imprisonments for her participation in nonviolent...  more »

    BOOK

    Call #: J 323.1 LOW

    Location: Juvenile Nonfiction

    copies in: 1 of 1 details

  • The Black Panthers [DVD] : vanguard of the revolution

    The Black Panthers : vanguard of the revolution2016

    Summary: The first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails.

    DVD

    Call #: DVD 322.4 BLA

    Location: DVDs Nonfiction

    copies in: 1 of 1 details

  • Between the world and me
    Staff Pick

    Between the world and me2015

    by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    (172,745)

    Summary: "For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage of his life, he's sought in his explorations of history answers to the mysteries that surrounded him -- most urgently, why he,...  more »

    BOOK

    Call #: 305.8 COA

    Location: Adult Nonfiction

    copies in: 0 of 1 details

  • Freedom in Congo Square

    Freedom in Congo Square2016

    by Carole Boston Weatherford

    (2,188)

    Summary: Six days a week, slaves labor from sunup to sundown and beyond, but on Sunday afternoons, they gather with free blacks at Congo Square outside New Orleans, free from oppression. Includes foreword...  more »

    BOOK

    Call #: J 976.3 WEA

    Location: Juvenile Nonfiction

    copies in: 1 of 1 details

  • Child of the civil rights movement [downloadable ebook]

    Child of the civil rights movement2010

    by Paula Young Shelton

    (346)

    Summary: Paula Young Shelton shares her memories of the civil rights movement and her involvement in the historic march from Selma to Montgomery.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.2000

    (3)

    BOOK

    Call #: B KING YA

    Location: YA Biographies

    copies in: 1 of 1 details

  • The butler : a witness to history

    The butler : a witness to history2013

    by Wil Haygood

    (3,046)

    Summary: When acclaimed Washington Post writer Wil Haygood had an early hunch that Obama would win the 2008 election, he thought he'd highlight the singular moment by exploring the life of someone who had...  more »

    BOOK

    Call #: B ALLEN

    Location: Adult Biographies

    copies in: 0 of 1 details

  • King : a biography

    King : a biography2013

    by David L Lewis

    (34)

    Summary: Acclaimed by leading historians and critics when it appeared shortly after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this foundational biography wends through the corridors in which King held court,...  more »

    BOOK

    Call #: B KING

    Location: Adult Displays - Nonfiction Aisle

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  • With every drop of blood [downloadable audiobook] / a novel of the Civil War

    With every drop of blood / a novel of the Civil War2012

    by James Lincoln Collier

    Summary: A vivid portrayal of the Civil War. Johnny, 14, convinces his mother to let him join a wagon train carrying food to Confederate soldiers. He has been brought up to believe that all blacks are stupid;...  more »

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  • Freedom Summer : the 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi

    Freedom Summer : the 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi2014

    by Susan Goldman Rubin

    (164)

    Summary: An account of the civil rights crusade in Mississippi 50 years ago that brought on shocking violence and the beginning of a new political order.

    BOOK

    Call #: J 323.1 RUB

    Location: Juvenile Nonfiction

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  • Because they marched : the people's campaign for voting rights that changed America

    Because they marched : the people's campaign for voting rights that changed America2014

    by Russell Freedman

    (214)

    BOOK

    Call #: J 323.1 FRE

    Location: Juvenile Nonfiction

    copies in: 1 of 1 details

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.2002

    by Marshall Frady

    (562)

    BOOK

    Call #: B KING

    Location: Adult Displays - Nonfiction Aisle

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  • Martin Luther King, Jr. : a man who changed things

    Martin Luther King, Jr. : a man who changed things1989

    by Carol Greene

    (7)

    Summary: A simple biography of the Baptist minister and civil rights leader who helped American blacks win many battles for equal rights and who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

    BOOK

    Call #: J B KING

    Location: Juvenile Biographies

    copies in: 1 of 1 details