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Young, Gifted, and Black

Young, Gifted, and Black

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Meet 52 icons of color from the past and present in this celebration of inspirational achievement—a collection of stories about changemakers to encourage, inspire, and empower the next generation of changemakers. Jamia Wilson has carefully curated this range of black icons and the book is stylishly brought together by Andrea Pippins’ colorful and celebratory illustrations.
Written in the spirit of Nina Simone’s song “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black,” this vibrant book is a perfect introduction to both historic and present-day icons and heroes. Meet figureheadsleaders, and pioneers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Rosa Parks, as well as cultural trailblazers and athletes like Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey, and Serena Williams.


  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions (February 1, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1786031582
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786031587
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.5 x 11.2 inches