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Black History Month 2013

Recommended reading for adults, teens and children in celebration of Black History Month.

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Kilanko, Yejide, 1975-
A young girl, who comes of age in a culture where her abuse is treated with silence by her family, finds safety, support and the will to overcome her negative experience. (adult)
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Clarke, George Elliott
This collection of essays on topics such as the Canadian slave narratives, church histories and contemporary drama provides a comprehensive analysis of African-Canadian texts and writers to date. (adult)
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Alexander, Lincoln M. (Lincoln MacCauley), 1922-2012.
The events that shaped his life and the message of the power of education are at the core of this autobiography of the late Honourable Lincoln Alexander. (adult)
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Sadlier, Rosemary.
The achievements and contributions of Harriet Tubman, former slave and well-known abolitionist, are presented in this new biography which includes contributions from Harriet's Canadian and American descendants. (adult)
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Hill, Dan, vocalist.
Award winning singer-songwriter Dan Hill discusses his relationship with his father.  Sometimes painful, sometimes humorous, this autobiography lays bare the personal life of one of Canada's greatest artists. (adult)
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This mix of short fiction, poetry, dub poetry and hip-hop combines to form a collection of "fresh" writings by eleven African-Canadian authors. (adult)
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Produced in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence, this collection of biographical sketches profiles the Canadian contribution of prominent Jamaican-Canadians. (adult)
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Prince, Bryan, 1951-
This biography of fugitive slave Isaac Brown chronicles his quest for freedom and his eventual settlement in Chatham, Ontario via the Underground Railroad. (adult)
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Martin, Lesra, 1963-
The author shares the secret of his success and the keys that will help you realize your dreams. His experiences are featured in the National Film Board of Canada's documentary, The Journey of Lesra Martin. (adult)
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Richardson, Jael Ealey, 1980-
The author traces the life of her father, former CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey, from Portsmouth, Ohio to the Canadian Football League in the early 1970s and reveals the truth about her identity. (adult)
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Wesley, Gloria.
In this historical fiction, Sarah and her grandmother, Lydia, arrive in Birchtown, Nova Scotia. Hoping to start a new life they struggle in a place that offers them few opportunities. Can they survive under these conditions? (teens)
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This collection of youth poems, essays and stories explores what it means to be young, Black and Canadian. (teens)
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Higgins, Dalton.
Toronto rapper and multi-talented entertainer, Drake, is front and centre in this unofficial biography about his phenomenal rise to success from starring in Degrassi: The Next Generation to international superstardom. (teens)
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Mortillaro, Nicole, 1972-
Trailblazer and role model, Jarome Iginla, inspires Black youth in this quick read about his life as an elite athlete in the National Hockey League. (children)
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McLean, Dirk, 1956-
Having been recently tossed from his school baseball team, Dexter decides to try out for cricket, only to encounter difficulties due to his jealous squad captain. (children)
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Grant, Shauntay.
In dub poetry style, this book takes you on a journey through the splendid sounds of an urban jungle.  With rhythm and rhyme, you can almost feel the beat in your feet and in your heart as you read each page. (children)
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Curtis, Christopher Paul.
Twelve-year-old Deza and her family leave home in search of her father who has been looking for work in another city.  A heart-wrenching story about an African-American family struggling to overcome hardship during the Great Depression. (children)
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Warner, Jody, 1969-
In 1946, unsung hero, Viola Desmond stood up to racial segregation by refusing to give up her seat on the main floor of a movie theatre in Nova Scotia.  Her struggle for equality is exemplified in this simple picture book. (children)
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K'Naan
Somali-Canadian poet, rapper, singer, and songwriter K'naan tells his own story about Wavin' Flag, the international anthem that shot to mega popularity during World Cup 2010. (children)