Friday, February 21, 2020

Let's Celebrate African American History Month with Great Reads

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Seven Sisters and a Brother: Friendship, Resistance, and Untold Truths Behind Black Student Activism in the 1960s by Marilyn Allman Maye, Harold S Buchanan, Jannette O. Domingo, Joyce Frisby Baynes, Marilyn Holifield, Myra E. Rose, Bridget Van Gronigen Warren, and Aundrea White Kelley

Seven Sisters and a Brother chronicles the historical eight-day sit-in at Swarthmore College that protested the decreased enrollment and hiring of African Americans at the school and demanded a Black Studies curriculum. This collective narrative provides a very necessary and overdue retelling of the revolution that took place at Swarthmore College in 1969, combatting past negative and inaccurate media coverage. The group of eight student protestors has only recently begun to receive credit for the school’s greater inclusiveness, as well as the positive influence their actions had on universities around the country. Written by the students themselves, this book includes the untold stories about the author's family backgrounds and their experiences as student activists. The authors share how friendships, out-of-the-box alliances, and a commitment to moral integrity strengthened them to push through and remain resilient in the face of adversity. View this book on Amazon!
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Black Man on the Titanic: The Story of Joseph Laroche by Serge Bilé

Joseph Laroche was an anomaly among the passengers of the Titanic. He was exceptionally well-educated in a time when few black men had access to an education―and when even fewer were able to travel on a luxurious ship in first or second class. Who was Joseph Laroche? Where was he going, and what was his story?

Black Man on the Titanic recounts the life of this man, his part in the history of Haiti, and how he, as a 24-year-old father of two (soon to be three) children, ended up on the last ship of that era of glamourous travel. Ivorian-French writer Serge Bilé is the author of this fresh perspective on the tragedy that still fascinates millions and has inspired dozens of history books. With thorough research in Haiti and France, Bilé unearths the story of the intriguing figure of Joseph Laroche. This is a story of multicultural black history and of the political and natural forces that converged on one man. View this book on Amazon!
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Badass Black Girl: Questions, Quotes, and Affirmations for Teens by M.J. Fievre

Finding the courage to live as you are is not easy, but Badass Black Girl is here to help. Here’s a journal designed to help readers nurture their creativity, self-motivation, and positive self-awareness. This journal celebrates girl power and honors the strength and spirit of black girls. Explore the many facets of your identity through hundreds of big and small questions. Author MJ Fievre tackles topics such as family and friends, school and careers, body image, and stereotypes in this journal designed for teenage girls. By reflecting on these topics, readers confront the issues that can hold them back from living their lives. View this book on Amazon!
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The Book of Awesome Black Americans: Scientific Pioneers, Trailblazing Entrepreneurs, Barrier-Breaking Activists and Afro-Futurists by Monique L. Jones

We’re all familiar with a handful of African Americans who are mentioned in American history books, but there are countless others who do not get recognized in mainstream media. Their actions may not have appeared to shake the world, but their contributions to shifting American culture were groundbreaking. The achievements of the Black Americans included in The Book of Awesome Black Americans range from athletic to artistic, literary to scientific. Their biographies vary greatly, but each one contributes to the course of Black history and its influence on the greater world. Their stories encourage readers, especially teenage boys and girls, to find their own path to change. Monique L. Jones’s The Book of Awesome Black Americans is more than a Black history book. It’s a celebration of Black people. View this book on Amazon!
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Notoriously Dapper by Kelvin Davis

Kelvin Davis, founder of body-positive menswear blog Notoriously Dapper, has brought us a book of the same name full of expertise and experience for young men everywhere. From wedding etiquette to all-around decency and dignity, this book is a treasury of information. Davis covers all the bases, including dating how-tos (hint, pulling up and waiting for them in your car is wrong), social skills, and etiquette for all occasions. He even counsels on improving your character. Whether you are at a weekend wedding with your friends, courting a new lady, being a great colleague at work, or becoming a dad, Notoriously Dapper provides practical information and inspiration for the modern gentleman seeking to build body positivity and essential life skills. View this book on Amazon!
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Happy, Okay?: Poems about Anxiety, Depression, Hope, and Survival by M.J. Fievre

Paloma is faking it. On the outside, she’s A-Okay. She’s electrified at work, there is a cadence in her step as she walks her dog, she posts memes on Facebook, and she keeps up with most relationships. Looks can be deceiving, however. Inside, Paloma is just going through the motions, and she feels like things are spiraling out of control. But when things are at their darkest, dawn arrives with clarity and focus, and with it, healing. Paloma learns to value small glimmering moments of joy rather than searching for constant happiness, thus building hope for her future.

Happy, Okay? is not simply a narrative spun in verse by a masterful poet. It is an invitation to readers to shake off the stigma and silence of mental illness and find strength in the only voice that matters: your own. View this book on Amazon!

I received a complimentary copies.

Cassandra's Review - Each book is unique and beautiful in their own way. I think that they are well written and have much to offer in respect to positivity.  Get ready to laugh, cry and elevate as you get through this awesome group of books.



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