July 16 Birthday: Ida B. Wells-Barnett. WOMEN OF HOPE: AFRICAN AMERICANS WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE

Ida B. Wells-Barnett, educator and journalist
July 16, 1862-Mar. 25, 1931


Women of Hope: African Americans Who Made a Difference by Joyce Hansen (Scholastic, 1998)

Born in Civil War times, Wells-Barnett was first a teacher. Then she was a part owner of a newspaper where she exposed the injustices of segregation in print.

Lakewood Public Library posts a biography of Wells-Barnett on their website.

April 5 Birthday – Booker T. Washington, FIFTY CENTS AND A DREAM: YOUNG BOOKER T. WASHINGTON

Booker T. Washington, educator and political leader
Apr. 5, 1856-Nov. 14, 1915


Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington by Jabari Asim, illustrated by Bryan Collier (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012)

The story about young Booker T. Washington and how he became an educator for freedmen, all in part because he followed his dream to learn how to read and write.

April 5 Birthday: With Books and Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a School

Booker T. Washington, African American, author, educator, advisor
b. April 5, 1856
d. Nov. 14, 1915

WITH BOOKS AND BRICKS: HOW BOOKER T. WASHINGTON BUILT A SCHOOL
(Albert Whitman, 2014)

by Suzanne Slade
illustrated by Nicole Tadgell

Summary: After the Civil War ended Booker T. Washington fulfilled his dream of attending school, then set out to teach. Finding many eager students in Tuskegee, Alabama but no school, Booker decided to build his own school. So he rolled up his sleeves and dug clay, molded thousands of bricks, and constructed his own kiln to fire them. But brick making was more difficult than he’d imagined. Yet, Booker continued the back-breaking work, built a fine school, and welcomed all who shared his passion for learning.

February 18 Birthday: WOMEN OF HOPE. Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison, professor and writer
Feb. 18, 1931-

Women of Hope: African Americans Who Made a Difference by Joyce Hansen (Scholastic, 1998)

Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel Beloved
in 1988 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. Highlights of this
extraordinary woman can be found in this collective biography.

Biographies, bibliographies, essays, interviews are posted on a site devoted to Morrison.