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Making a Better America
Black Americans who have shaped their country and beyond: We are familiar with a handful of African Americans who are mentioned in American history books, but there are also countless others who do not get recognized in mainstream media. Their actions may not have appeared to shake the world, but their contributions to shifting American culture were just as groundbreaking.
There’s more than one way to make a difference: The achievements of the Black Americans included in this book range from athletic to artistic, literary to scientific. Their biographies vary greatly, but each one contributes to the course of Black history and its influence on the greater world. Their stories encourage readers, especially teenage boys and girls, to find their own path to change.
Celebrate the successes made possible by diversity: African Americans have made history by challenging and changing the American landscape. This was accomplished not by shedding layers of originality, but by wearing their colors proudly and openly in the world. Growth has been made possible by a resistance to conformity and a fusing of cultures, African and American alike.
Monique L. Jones’s The Book of Awesome Black Americans is more than a Black history book. It’s a celebration of Black people. In this book, you will find:
- Amazing role models who brought on change by using their gifts and passions to overcome societal barriers
- Stories mainstream media failed to mention that are sure to inspire, motivate, and educate readers of all backgrounds
- Testimonies that demonstrate how American culture thrives when it celebrates diversity and promotes inclusiveness
If you enjoyed books such as 100 African-Americans Who Shaped American History, Bedtime Inspirational Stories, or Becca Anderson’s The Book of Awesome Women, then The Book of Awesome Black Americans should be your next read!
Praise for The Book of Awesome Black Americans:
Black history has always been more than one month, more than one chapter in a history book. Monique L. Jones’ Book of Awesome Black Americans shows us that and more.-Ashley M. Jones, recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and author of the award-winning poetry collections Magic City Gospel and dark//thing
“Monique Jones digs deep to provide little known facts and context for a marvelous assemblage of our unsung heroes.” – Trey Mangum, The Hollywood Reporter contributor
“The Book of Awesome Black Americans belongs on every coffee table in America.”-Li Lai, founder of Mediaversity Reviews
Monique Jones strikes the balance of fun and learning with her fantastic debut-Joi Childs, Brand Marketer and Film/TV Critic
The Book of Awesome Black Americans sheds new light on familiar heroes and showcases Black Americans we should be talking about more. –Jennifer Maritza McCauley, National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and author of SCAR ON/SCAR OFF