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Black History Month 2018

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

Mbue, Imbolo, author.
See the immigrant experience through the eyes of a Cameroonian expat working as a chauffeur in Harlem. Cultures and status collide as the Jongas try desperately to get ahead.
Noah, Trevor, 1984- author.
Popular stand-up comedian Trevor Noah shares childhood memories as a biracial child in South Africa during the decline of apartheid and the subsequent period of freedom.
Lock, Norman, 1950- author.
When Samuel escapes slavery, his encounters with transcendentalists and abolitionists, like Nathaniel Hawthorne, highlight the issues of racism, privilege, and the meaning of freedom in America.
Subban, Karl, author.
Karl Subban, ultimate hockey dad and educator, shares his inspirational hockey journey and shows how to grow the unlimited potential that is in every child.
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Jolly, B. Denham, author.
A remarkable memoir about achieving prosperity in the face of prejudice. After a 12-year battle, Jolly finally gave Black Canadians a voice through his urban music station, Flow 93.5. A 2017 Toronto Book Award winner!
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In this unique literary collection, Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate, George Elliott Clarke, anthologizes significant firsts in the landscape of African Canadian poetry and prose.
Senior, Olive, author.
In this collection of stories, various characters share powerfully about all aspects of life in Jamaica, from poor folks making the best of past hardships to love lost.
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Maynard, Robyn, 1987-, author.
Maynard describes nearly 400 years of state-sanctioned surveillance, criminalization, and punishment of Black lives in Canada. Readers are encouraged to dismantle these racial structures and re-imagine of a just society.
Brueggergosman, Measha, author.
Brueggergosman shares about her award-winning music career, the ups and downs of marrying young, the tragedy of losing children, health and the psychological push-and-pull of being a performer.
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Morgan, Kenneth, 1953- author.
This overview of the transatlantic slave trade provides insight into various aspects of slavery including the economic aspect, plantation life, creole culture, revolts and the abolition of slavery.
Smardz Frost, Karolyn, author.
Frost captures the true story of Cecilia Reynolds, from her time as a slave, to her escape through the Underground Railroad to finding a new life in Toronto's African American community.
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Shum, Mina, film director, screenwriter.
In this feature documentary, Caribbean students accused of instigating the infamous Sir George Williams Riot, set the record straight and try to make peace with the past.
Lewis, John, 1940 February 21- author.
The last installment of the trilogy on the Civil Rights movement focuses on the nonviolent revolution led by Lewis and a group of young activists.
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Thomas, Angie, author.
As a witness to her friend Kahlil's death, Starr Carter is being intimidated by a local drug lord and the police about what really happened that night.
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Hodges, Craig, 1960-
In his memoir, world-champion Chicago Bulls player, Craig Hodges, addresses the issues of racism and equality for African Americans.
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Raina, Arushi, author.
Four South African teens from various ethnic backgrounds experience life in Johannesburg and the riots connected with the Soweto Uprising.
Woods, Brenda (Brenda A.)
A biracial girl finally gets the chance to meet the African American side of her family and gain a sense of belonging that she never knew.
Thompson, Laurie Ann.
Emmanuel was often dismissed by most people because of his one deformed leg but in 2001, he rode 400 miles across Ghana to spread his message: disability is not inability.
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Sadu, Itah, 1961- author.
In this lively picture book, Roy realizes he may come to love his new home in Canada as much as he loves his old home in Jamaica.
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Smith, Hope Anita, author.
A true celebration of fatherhood, this picture book of poems share all the wonderful ways that dads are fun, kind, cool, and inspiring through the eyes of their beloved children.
Winter, Jonah, 1962- author.
A powerful historical picture book about the child of founding father and principal author of the Declaration of Independence and the enslaved, Sally Hemings.
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Weatherford, Carole Boston, 1956- author.
An insightful biography about Schomburg, the intellect, writer, historian, and curator, who raised awareness of the many contributions of Africans and the African diaspora through his library collection.
Robinson, Sharon, 1950- author.
Grandmother Bibi travels to Tanzania from America to celebrate her 85th birthday. Her son and grandchildren throw a big surprise for her!
Weatherford, Carole Boston, 1956- author.
Fannie Lou Hamer was the granddaughter of slaves and the youngest of a sharecropper's twenty children in Mississippi. This lyrical picture book depicts her childhood and her work for racial equality.