November 9 Birthday: QUEEN OF THE TRACK: ALICE COACHMAN, OLYMPIC HIGH-JUMP CHAMPION

Alice Coachman
b. 11/9/1922
d.  7/14/2014

QUEEN OF THE TRACK: ALICE COACHMAN, OLYMPIC HIGH-JUMP CHAMPION by Heather Lang
illustrated by Floyd Cooper 
(Boyds Mills Press, 2012)

At a time when girls were expected to act like little ladies and segregation was alive in the South, Alice Coachman rejected social norms and pursuied her passion for running and jumping. She ran barefoot on dirt roads, tied together sticks and rags to make her own high jumps, and worked her way to the top. In 1948, she became the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal.

November 9 Birthday: Benjamin Banneker

Benjamin Banneker, mathematician & astronomer
Nov. 9, 1731-Oct. 9, 1806


Dear Benjamin Banneker by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney (Voyager, 1998)

Banneker, an 18th century  free African American was passionate about learning. Aside from excelling professionally in the fields of math and astronomy, he published an almanac and corresponded with Thomas Jefferson about slavery. Brian Pinkney’s hallmark style—scratchboard—illuminates this story.

Go to the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum in Baltimore to learn more about this multi-talented man.