332nd Fighter Group &
447th Bombardment Group
United States Army Air Force
Pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group at Ramitelli Airfield, Italy.
From left to right:
Lt. Dempsey W. Morgan, Lt. Carroll S. Woods, Lt. Robert H. Nelron, Jr., Captain Andrew D. Turner, and Lt. Clarence P. Lester
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces. The US military was still racially segregated and subject to Jim Crow laws during World War II and the airmen were subjected to discrimination both in and out of the army.
Mae C. Jemison
First African-American woman astronaut
Mae C. Jemison, the youngest of three children of Charlie and Dorothy Jemison, a maintenance worker and schoolteacher, was raised in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Morgan Park High School in 1973 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University in 1977, while also fulfilling the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in African-American Studies. She attended Cornell University's medical school and received a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1981. While in medical school she traveled to Cuba, Kenya and Thailand, providing primary medical care to people living there.
I have a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering as well as a Master of Business Administration. I've worked as an Aerospace Engineer, a US Air Force Officer, a Fighter pilot, and a NASA Astronaut. Most importantly, I was the first African-American in space.
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Black Is A Rainbow Color by Angela Jo and illustrated by Ekua Holmes (ages 4-8)
Both a beautiful celebration of black culture and an excellent first black history book for young children.. A young black child ponders the colors in the rainbow and a crayon box and realizes that while black ins not a color in the rainbow, black culture is a rainbow of its own… Kirkus Reviews
Coretta Scott King, award-winning illustrator lends her brilliance to the moving poetic text. Her lively stain glass-like art work is a feast for the eyes. This elegant picture book is about the wonders of being black. The supporting material is equally as rich. There is a playlist and a reference guide to explain and so enhance the historical references.
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles and illustrated by George Ford (ages k - 3)
Please God, try to forgive those people because even if they say those bad things, they don’t know what they’re doing. This is the true story of an extraordinary 6- year old, little Ruby, a charming heroine. Her mother brought her up to pray for her enemies, and have the strength to walk by them with dignity, as she did each day on her way to school, valiantly clutching her lunch pail.
What a great story to introduce civil rights issues to our young ones. It is story for all ages about the courageous Bridges family.
Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes From Past and Present by Jamia Wilson, illustrated by Andrea Pippins (ages 9 - 12)
As Ms. Wilson says, "If you can't see it, you can't be it." This book will help you see it! It is a fantastic collection of biographical vignettes of writers, scientists, activists, artists, and leaders. Their stories and lives are sure to inspire the younger generation.
Teammates by Peter Golenbock (ages 6 and up)
It’s 1947 and Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to play Major League Baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He is mercilessly taunted and teased when he first appears, until Pee Wee Reese, the short stop, courageously walks out and embraces his new teammate, the beginning of a long friendship.
Historical photos and illustrations take us back to that unforgettable game.
What Color Is My World: The Lost History of African-American Inventors by Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld (ages 8 and up)
We all know about the ice cream scoop, refrigerated food truck, cortisone cream, and open heart surgery, but did we know that African- Americans shared a hand in these important discoveries, to name a very few. Enjoy these fascinating stories for our aspiring inventors.
Whoever You Are by Mem Fox (ages 4 and up)
Mem Fox, the beloved children’s writer, addresses diversity and equality in her message:
Little ones, wherever you are, whatever you look like, there are other kids that look just like you. Joys are the same. Love is the same. Pain is the same and blood is the same. Her charming book beautifully speaks to her young audience.
The Other Side by Jacqueline Wolfson and illustrated by E.B. Lewis (ages 8 and up)
Little Clover and Anna are two little girls who become friends as they work around the rules of segregation.
They each sit atop the fence behind Clover’s house that also abuts Anna’s home, on the white side. In this finely illustrated book, little girls’ innocence wins the day!