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Black History: Athletes

Black History: Athletes

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Marshall “Major” Taylor World Champion Cyclist 1899-1901 is the story of a young boy who grew up in Indianapolis over a hundred years ago. Despite living at a time when African-Americans were often denied basic rights, Marshall Taylor became a world champion cyclist. Marshall earned the nickname “Major” when he performed bicycle tricks dressed in a military style costume. When he was a teenager he stopped performing tricks and moved on to bicycle racing – and he was really, really good – world champion good! His story is inspiring because he persevered even when there were many people who didn’t want him to even be in a race, let alone win, just because he was African-American. Sometimes he rode fast just to get away from angry people chasing him!

In Indianapolis, we have the Major Taylor Velodrome, a world-class bicycle racing track named for this cycling great. You can ride your bike and also use inline skates at the Velodrome. If you want to try riding there, it’s best if you are at least 10 years old. Call ahead and see if you can arrange a time to go try it out. And don’t forget your helmet! 3649 Cold Spring Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46222 Velodrome Phone: 317-327-8356.

Listed below are books, websites & databases that will help you learn about more black athletes and the contributions they have made in their sport and in their communities. 

The Muhammad Ali Boxing Game is an Artifact at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. It showcases the popularity of Ali. How many athletes have a game named after them? During the 1960’s boxer Cassius Clay, who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali, was a positive role model for many African-Americans. Ali was more than a boxer. He expressed his political views on the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. In 1967, Ali was stripped of his world title due to his refusal to be drafted. After retiring, Ali collaborated with the United Nations to promote peace around the world.


Websites:

Biography in Context is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home with your IndyPL Library Card. Login using your library card number and PIN. What’s My PIN? Biography in Context will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about Marshall Taylor and other African American Athletes.​


eBooks:

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Use your indyPL Library Card number and PIN to check out FREE Online eBooks. Click on a book jacket & enter your Library Card number and PIN to borrow. What’s My PIN?Overdrive

Emmanuel's DreamI Am Jackie RobinsonLeBron JamesReggie Miller from DowntownSomething to Prove the Great Satchel PaigeStephen Curry

Print Books:

A Nation's Hope the Legendary Joe LouisBlack History Makers AthletesDaring PlayFair Ball!Gabby DouglasGreat African Americans in SportsHenry Aaron's DreamJesse OwensJumpLeBron JamesNothing But Trouble the Stor of Althea GibsonOn the Court with Stephen CurryQueen of the Track Alice CoachmanRemember My Name Mo'ne DavisThe Champ the Story of Muhammad AliTouch the SkyWe Are the ShipWilma Unlimited

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To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black history makers, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.

WeNeedDiverseBooks LogoTo get young people engaged, one of the things they need is to see themselves in books. It is important for all of us to see ourselves in books, because that encourages us to read in a different way and encourages us to write more.” ~ Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott Founder of the African American Read-in #weneeddiversebooks

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Author Spotlight: Ashley Bryan

Author Spotlight: Ashley Bryan

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an award-winning artist? Words to My Life’s Song is an autobiography that gives a glimpse into the imaginings and memories of three-time Coretta Scott King Award winning illustrator, Ashley Bryan. Mr Bryan frames the book as an afternoon spent walking around his home on an island in Maine. As we wander, Mr. Bryan tells us about his life growing up in the Bronx, going to art school, being in the army, teaching art, and discovering his passion for illustrating books. Along the way, we see a lot of his colorful paintings, stained glass and cut paper creations. This book is a bright, joyful celebration of life and creativity.

Recommended by: Hannah Wheeler – Lawrence

Mr. Bryan book, “Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives & Dreams Brought to Life” was named a 2017 Newbery Medal Honor Book as well as being named a 2017 Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book for both his writing and illustrations.

 


Books written and/or illustrated by Ashely Bryan:

ashley-bryans-puppetssail-awayLetShineAfricanTalesPoetryThunder>AshleyStableScare

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More about Black History:


To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black history makers, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.

WeNeedDiverseBooks LogoTo get young people engaged, one of the things they need is to see themselves in books. It is important for all of us to see ourselves in books, because that encourages us to read in a different way and encourages us to write more.” ~ Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott Founder of the African American Read-in #weneeddiversebooks

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Read Thru History: Black History Timeline Since 1968

Read Thru History: Black History Timeline Since 1968

The campaign to set up a museum honoring black citizens is nearly 100 years old; building the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture itself and assembling its amazing collection of artifacts is a story in our time though – the museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016. All kinds of people helped: educators, activists, politicians, architects, curators, construction workers, and ordinary Americans who donated cherished belongings.

According to the Museum’s website, it has collected more than 36,000 artifacts. You can explore the Museum’s collection of artifacts from home. In fact, if you have a family item you would like to donate, you can fill out an online form to see if the Museum would like to add it. That would be really cool. You can also learn about their artifacts by following the hashtag #APeoplesJourney on Twitter.

This page includes books that will help you read your way thru the last 50 years or so of African American history. 

1968 April 4 Martin Luther King Assassinated

The Rock and the RiverOnce Crazy SummerThe Cart That Carried Martin

 


1970s Emergence of Hip Hop

American Hip Hop Rappers DJs and Hard BeatsWhen the Beat Was Born

1916-1970 Great Migration

The Great Migration Journey to the NorthThis is the Rope

1976 Black History Month is founded by Professor Carter Woodson’s Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History.


1986 January 20 – Established by legislation in 1983, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is first celebrated as a national holiday.

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King

1995 Million Man March

One Million Men and Me

2008 Barack Obama Elected 44th President of the United States

Barack Obama elected 44th President of the United States of America. “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.” ~ Barach Obama, Victory Speech November 4, 2008

Barack Obama Groundbreaking President

To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black history makers, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.

WeNeedDiverseBooks LogoTo get young people engaged, one of the things they need is to see themselves in books. It is important for all of us to see ourselves in books, because that encourages us to read in a different way and encourages us to write more.” ~ Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott Founder of the African American Read-in #weneeddiversebooks

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Read Thru History: Black History Timeline to 1954

Read Thru History: Black History Timeline to 1954

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Read Through History: Civil Rights Timeline 1954-1968
Read Through History: Civil Right Timeline Since 1968

Sometimes history homework can be overwhelming. It’s hard to keep the people and places and dates straight. It’s also hard sometimes because history can be very sad. It is hard to learn about things like slavery or the holocaust; to know that these things happened and that large numbers of people suffered unjustly. I really liked Heart and Soul because the history unfolds like a story. In fact, the book is written like an old lady talking. It’s like listening to your Grandmother explain it. It helps to have a firm but comforting voice tell the story to help us hear the truth and talk through it. This book also
has the BEST paintings by illustrator Kadir Nelson. This book is a good place to start to begin learning about African American history. Another great one is Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives & Dreams Brought to Life. In it, author and illustrator Ashley Bryan uses original slave auction and plantation artifacts to make his fictional stories come to life. This book was named a 2017 Newbery Medal Honor Book as well a 2017 Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book for both writing and illustration.

Listed below is a timeline of important events of early African American history. For each event a few books are listed, both fiction and non-fiction. Take a book walk through history to learn about these fascinating, determined, brave people who endured horrifying hardships during their long quest for freedom.


1700s: the Colonial Period & the U.S. Revolution


ChainsAnswering the Cry for Freedom Stories of African-Americans and the American RevolutionNever ForgottenMumbet's Declaration of IndependenceFort Mose

Early 1800s: Slavery & the Underground Railroad


UndergroundFreedom in Congo SquareHenry's Freedom BoxMinty: a Story of Young Harriet TubmanMoses When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to FreedomPassenger on the PearlShow WaySojourner Truth's Step Stomp StrideWords Set Me FreeMaritchaThis Our Dark CountryDave the PotterCapital DaysQuilt's of Gee's Bend

Late 1800s: the U.S. Civil War & Emancipation

Elijah of BuxtonBuffalo SoldiersBlack Stars of Civil War TimesDays of JubileeEmancipation ProclamationFree at Last Stories and Songs of the EmancipationTwo Friends Susan B. Anthony and Frederick DouglassAbraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass the Story Behind an American FriendshipAfrican Americans in the Civil WarAll Different NowPhilip Reid Saves the Statue of FreedomSteamboat School

Early 1900s: World War I 1914-1918, the Great Depression, the Harlem Renaissance


Mare's WarBud Not BuddyRoll of Thunder Hear My CryStella by StarlightHarlem HellfightersOne Last WordThe Mighty Miss MaloneWe Are the ShipSchools of Hope

Late 1900s to 1954: World War II 1939-1945, Jackie Robinson


The Book ItchDaring Play How a Courageous Jackie Robinson Changed BaseballThe Tuskegee AirmenThe Wind FlyersThe Port Chicago 50The Girl from the Tar Paper School

To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black history makers, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.

WeNeedDiverseBooks LogoTo get young people engaged, one of the things they need is to see themselves in books. It is important for all of us to see ourselves in books, because that encourages us to read in a different way and encourages us to write more.” ~ Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott Founder of the African American Read-in #weneeddiversebooks

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Meet the Author: Jacqueline Woodson

Meet the Author: Jacqueline Woodson

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Books:

Show WayLocomotionMiracle's BoysHushBrown Girl Dreaming

To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black history makers, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.

WeNeedDiverseBooks LogoTo get young people engaged, one of the things they need is to see themselves in books. It is important for all of us to see ourselves in books, because that encourages us to read in a different way and encourages us to write more.” ~ Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott Founder of the African American Read-in #weneeddiversebooks

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