Joseph Boulogne, musician
December 25, 1745-June 10, 1799
Before There was Mozart: The Story of Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome (Schwartz & Wade, 2011)
When Boulogne was born the midwife said, “One day this boy will meet the king and queen of France.” A bold prediction for a boy whose father was a white plantation owner in the West Indies and his mother a black slave. But it happened. And music was the reason.
AfriClassical.com provides a photograph of Saint-George along with an extensive biography.
Jesus by Brian Wildsmith (Eerdmans, 2000)
Beginning with the birth of Jesus, Wildsmith highlights the rest of Jesus’ life, death on the cross, resurrection and ascension. Merry Christmas!
The King James version of the Bible is available online.
Anwar el-Sadat, politician
Dec. 25, 1918-Oct. 6, 1981
Paths to Peace: People Who Changed the World by Jane Breskin Zalben (Dutton, 2006)
Anwar el-Sadat, a former president of Egypt is featured in this book dedicated to sixteen celebrated individuals.
Read more about Sadat at the Jewish Virtual Library.