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The ABCs of Black History


The ABCs of Black History by Pushcart-nominated poet turned author Rio Cortez and illustrated by Lauren Semmer, teaches the alphabet in a far more interesting and meaningful way than the usual “A is for apple, B is for ball.” This extraordinary book takes readers on a journey from Anthem—an introduction to James Weldon Johnson’s Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing—to Zenith, a tribute to that mountaintop Dr. King spoke about before his death.

The poetic text introduces young thinkers to key ideas, people, and moments in black history while every letter has a rhyming verse, and every spread is a visual feast. F is set on a farm in the rural South. G is for Go! and the Great Migration from the rural South to the urban North. Finally, the reader lands in the city of Harlem where they meet Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes, Augusta Savage, and Pigfoot Mary selling boiled pig feet out of a baby carriage. The ABCs of Black History teaches the alphabet with passion, beauty, flow and style and is an exuberant celebration of the rich culture of black history.

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