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Resistance Stories from Black History for Kids: Inspiring People and Events That Every Kid Should Know

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Compelling stories celebrate Black resistance, liberation.

Book Rann Miller History 2023
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This interesting, thought-provoking treasure trove of "missing pieces" of Black history will inspire readers of all ages. Resistance Stories from Black History for Kids is well-researched and may surprise even history buffs. Did you know that Africans arrived in the Americas before Columbus? Or that the free breakfast millions of schoolchildren eat everyday in the U.S. was inspired by a Black Panther program? Facts like these, tucked into author Rann Miller's short, accessible chapters make for a quick and absorbing read. Some parents may bristle at the clearly stated agenda of the author – to share a more authentic history than the watered-down, white-washed version of Black history taught in most schools. Others may be uncomfortable with the author's stories about armed rebellion and resistance, or that there's no mention of contributions Black queer folks made to freedom movements. This book is worth reading and discussing anyway, especially together. Most older kids are ready to learn about and grapple with hard historical realities and can evaluate the various approaches to fighting for freedom covered in this book. A great pick for history-obsessed readers or for anyone wanting to supplement their kids' knowledge of Black and world history.

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