Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Book Jacket Summary
HAND IN HAND presents the stories of ten men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day. The stories are accessible, fully-drawn narratives offering the subjects' childhood influences, the time and place in which they lived, their accomplishments and motivations, and the legacies they left for future generations as links in the "freedom chain." This book will be the definitive family volume on the subject, punctuated with dynamic full color portraits and spot illustrations by two-time Caldecott Honor winner and multiple Coretta Scott King Book Award recipient Brian Pinkney. Backmatter includes a civil rights timeline, sources, and further reading.
I am going to go ahead and say that this should be on every Middle School reading list because I learned more from this book than from my history classes. This book highlights ten African Americans that helped shape the world we live in today. I mean I never heard of Benjamin Banneker and his almanac or knew so much about the life of Barack Obama II. I only knew what I heard on the news or his own speeches. I am going to have to go back and read Dreams of My Father and Of Thee I Sings: A Letter to My Daughters. It is a shame that it took me this long to know so much about these men even with Black History Month every year in school.
The men are talked about in chronological order and build off each other as history marches on. The ten men are: Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, A. Philip Randolph, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr, and Barack H. Obama II.
It is easy to see why this book won the Coretta Scott King Award for Author in 2013.
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