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WEB DuBois (book cover)

Up Close: W. E. B. Du Bois

In this rich and captivating Up Close biography, award-winning author Tonya Bolden tells the story of how one man—tirelessly and never quietly—fought for equality until his death at the age of ninety-five.

George Washington Carver (book jacket)

George Washington Carver

. . . Known famously as the “Peanut Man,” George Washington Carver brought sensible and life-saving concepts to people across the country, making a difference in the world despite the adversity he faced in his time and place.

M.L.K. Journey of A King (book cover)

M.L.K.: Journey Of A King

Most people know King as a Nobel Peace Prize winner, a renowned orator, and a central and revered figure in the civil rights movement. But how did he become this figure? What were his inspirations? What were his aspirations? What events, people, and decisions shaped his destiny? Bolden introduces young readers to the human being behind the icon.

The Champ: The Story of Muhammad Ali

A true icon, Ali has influenced and inspired millions with his dazzling athletic ability, his undeniable charisma, and his incredible life story . . . Tonya Bolden’s powerful words, reminiscent of Ali’s own well-known vocal stylings, are paired with R. Gregory Christie’s breathtaking paintings . . .

Portraits of African American Heroes

A stunningly beautiful book consisting of portraits – in words and pictures – of twenty outstanding African-Americans. These profiles in fortitude and vision capture the essence of these remarkable men and women who changed their communities and their country . . .

And Not Afraid To Dare: The Stories of Ten African-American Women

The ten women in this book are just a few of the African Americans who have made exceptional contributions to American life. Refusing to bow to social and political restrictions, they triumphed over racism and sexism to fulfill their aspirations and realize their dreams.

American Patriots: The Story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm

This award-winning bestseller, now adapted for young readers [by Tonya Bolden], captures one of the greatest untold stories in American history. Inspired by her own family history, Gail Buckley, daughter of revered singer/actress Lena Horne, interviewed hundreds of veterans of every war since World War I to bring to life her vibrant chronicle of America’s black military heroes, from Crispus Attucks to Colin Powell.