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Homework Help: Black History

Homework Help: Black History

Heart and Soul

Sometimes history can be overwhelming for me. It’s hard to keep the people and places and dates straight. I really like 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.

This book shows how a country can change from laws that say a black person was property to having a black president. It explains how changes were slowly made to help make that happen. It doesn’t say the job is done, but it shows how we got to where we are today. And it has the BEST paintings. Author: Kadir Nelson

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If you like reading about the story of America and African Americans try these::
Traveling Experience Miles Powerful
Crafts Woodson Moving Job
Marching Culture Come Color
Handy Harlem Sugar Courage

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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Homework Help: Indiana

Homework Help: Indiana

INDIANA FACTS

Indiana It's My State

If you have Indiana homework this page will help you get started tracking down facts and finding information about Hoosiers, even the ones that aren’t that famous. The page is divided into five sections:

  • Facts
  • Images & Project Ideas
  • People
  • Landmarks
  • Stories Set In Indiana

Each section includes a list of books and websites. Pay special attention to the “Images and Project Ideas” Section – listed here are places to find Indiana photos online, pictures of Indiana artifacts and even instructions for drawing Indiana pictures.

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IMAGES & PROJECT IDEAS

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How to Draw Indianas Sites and Symbols Great Lakes States Crafts

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PEOPLE

Books:

Bill Peet Madam CJ Walker Major Taylor Ernie Pyle

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Indiana University: Indiana Authors Database – A searchable database of the book, Indiana Authors and Their Books, published by Wabash College in 1949, 1974, and 1981. The encyclopedia covers nearly two hundred years of Indiana’s literary history (1816–1980).

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LANDMARKS

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STORIES SET IN INDIANA

The Bears of Blue River The Beef Princess of Practical County Bernie Macgruder and the Bats in the Belfrey Blossoms on the Roof
Chasing Orion Chrsitmas After All The Dark Didnt Catch Me A Girl of the Limberlost
A Halloween Scare in Indiana Help Im Prisoner in the Library Here Lies the Librarian Honey
Izzys Place The Mighty Miss Malone My Brother Abe A Place Called Freedom
Running Out of Time The School at Crooked Creek
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Homework Help: Women’s History Month

Homework Help: Women’s History Month

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50 Unbelievable Women100 Women Who Made HistoryA Woman in the House and SenateA World of Her OwnAmelia to ZoraDK Amazing WomenGirls RebelGood Night Stories for Rebel GirlsLadies of LibertyRad American Women A-ZReporting Under FireShe PersistedSophisticated LadiesSuper WomenThe Book of HeroinesWild Women of the Wild WestWomen DaredevilsWomen in SpaceWomen in ScienceWomen in SportsWomen of Steal and StoneWomen Who Changed the World

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Magnificent Minds Almost Astronauts
Bad Girls Girls Think of Everything Girls Who Looked Under Rocks
Girls Who Rocked the World Girls Who Rocked the World 2 Girls Who Rocked the World 3 Independent Dames
Madam President No Girls Allowed Outrageous Women of Ancient Times Outrageous Women of Civil War Times
Outrageous Women of Colonial America Outrageous Women of the American Frontier Outrageous Women of the Renaissance Pure Grit
Adventurers Cowgirls Remember the Ladies  
Sea Queens The Skys the Limit   13 Women Artists Children Should Know
  Women Aviators Women Explorers
Women Heroes of World War I Women of the Frontier Women of the Harlem Renaissance
  Yankee Doodle Gals   Yes she did

 

More Books about Mighty Girls:

Women’s History: Adventures & Daredevils
Women’s History: Artists
Women’s History: Athletes
Women’s History: Musicians
Women’s History: Nature & the Outdoors
Women’s History: Scientists & Inventors
Women’s History: Social Change
Women’s History: Writers

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Black History: Musicians & Singers

Black History: Musicians & Singers

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Sweethearts of Rhythm

The Sweethearts of Rhythm is the story of a real all girl band that traveled around the country in the 1930s and 1940s. The band was unusual because it was all girls and because it was integrated.

One reason the girls got this chance is World War II. A lot of men were fighting in the war so it was easier for a girl band to get gigs. Sometimes the band had trouble performing because the band was integrated. When the band played in the South they had to sleep on their tour bus because it was illegal there for black and white people to be in the same restaurant or hotel. Sometimes the girls had to wear disguises to hide the fact that their skin color was not all the same.

The author tells the story of the Sweethearts in poems. She uses the rhythms of jazz music in her poetry. Read the poems, look at the great pictures and then don’t forget to read the author’s note in the back.

From the 1870s to the 1950s, Indiana Avenue in Indianapolis served as the focal point of Indianapolis’s black community. The black population in Indianapolis surged in the early 1900s as blacks migrated to the city from the South. Indiana Avenue businesses included restaurants, saloons, grocery stores, clothing stores, hair stylists, barber shops, a hotel, and more. Some of the most well known businesses on the Avenue were the Indianapolis Recorder (a black newspaper) and the Walker Building (which housed a casino and theatre, offices, a beauty college, drugstore, and restaurant.) In the 1930s, the Avenue’s businesses were focused on food and entertainment. By 1940 there were more than twenty-five jazz clubs on the Avenue where both national talent and local legends played. (from The Indiana Historical Society 2011 Indiana Black History Challenge)

I wonder if the Sweethearts of Rhythm ever played there? Here is a movie poster of a different performer from the 1950s advertising a Rhythm and Blues show in Indianapolis. The poster is an Artifact at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Lula Reed Poster – Lula Reed began to demonstrate her singing ability in church in the late 1940s. With the help of well-known gospel singer Harold Boggs, Reed débuted with the Sonny Thompson Orchestra in 1951. Achieving two hits on the Billboard Rhythm and Blues Chart, she performed for audiences throughout the country. On one of these trips, she performed for African American audiences in Naptown, a nickname for Indianapolis, at the Rhythm and Blues Show in the late 1950s.

Listed below are more books, websites & databases that will help you learn about African American musicians and singers.


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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 The Sweethearts of Rhythm and other African American Musicians.​


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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

A Horn for LouisDuke EllingtonI'm Going to SingJazzJust a Lucky So and SoLil WayneRay CharlesTrombone ShortyWalk Together Children

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Here are some more books that highlight African American music, composers, singers & musicians from slave work songs to spirituals to songs of the civil rights movement:

A Band of AngelsAin't Nothing But a ManAwesome African American Rock and Soul MusiciansBaby FloBessie Smith and the Night RidersDuke Ellington's Nutcracker SuiteElla FitzgeraldFree at LastHarlem's Little BlackbirdHow Sweet the SoundIn the Hollow of Your Hand Slave LullabiesIncredible African American Jazz MusiciansJazz A-B-ZJazz Age JosephineJazz Day the Making of a Famous PhotographJazz on a Saturday NightJosephine's DreamLike a Bird the Art of the American Slave SongLouis Armstrong King of JazzMister and Lady Day Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved HerNobody Gonna Turn Me RoundThe Voice That Changed a NationWhat Marian Sang

African American Music in Indiana

From the 1870s to the 1950s, Indiana Avenue in Indianapolis served as the focal point of Indianapolis’s black community. Originally called Indiana Street, the Avenue begins at the intersection of Illinois and Ohio Streets and extends northwest. While the Avenue was originally settled by German and Irish immigrants, by 1870 one-third of Indianapolis’s black population lived near Indiana Avenue. The black population in Indianapolis surged in the early 1900s as blacks migrated to the city from the South.

The Indiana Avenue businesses included restaurants, saloons, grocery stores, clothing stores, hair stylists, barber shops, a hotel, and more. Some of the most famous businesses on the Avenue were the Indianapolis Recorder (a black newspaper) and the Walker Building (which housed a casino and theatre, offices, a beauty college, drugstore, and restaurant.) In the 1930s, the Avenue’s businesses were focused on food and entertainment. By 1940 there were more than twenty-five jazz clubs on the Avenue where both national talent and local legends played. I wonder if the Sweethearts of Rhythm ever played there?

(from The Indiana Historical Society 2011 Indiana Black History Challenge)


More Info Guides 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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Black History: Authors & Illustrators

Black History: Authors & Illustrators
Words to My Life's Song AshleyBryan Elijah of Buxton Brown Girl Dreaming The Rock and the River Martin's Big Words
Alexander, Kwame  Website Interview Video Interview
Barnes, Derrick   Interview Video Interview
Bryan, Ashley Website Interview Video Interview
Collier, Bryan Website Interview Video Interview
Curtis, Christopher Paul Website   Video Interview
Davis, Tanita Website Interview Interview
Dillon, Leo & Diane Website Interview  
Draper, Sharon Website   Video Interview
Flake, Sharon Website Interview Video Interview
Giovanni, Nikki Website Interview Video Interview
Grimes, Nikki Website Interview Video Interview
Hamilton, Virginia Website Interview Video Interview
Johnson, Angela Website Interview Video Interview
Lewis, E.B. Website Interview Video Interview
Magoon, Kekla Website Interview Video Interview
McKissack, Frederick   Interview Video Interview
McKissack, Patricia   Interview Video Interview
Myers, Christopher Website Interview Video Interview
Myers, Walter Dean Article Interview Video Interview
Nelson, Kadir Website Interview Video Interview
Nelson, Vaunda   Interview Video Interview
Nolen, Jerdine Website Interview Video Interview
Pinkney, Andrea Website Interview Video Interview
Pinkney, Brian Website Interview Video Interview
Pinkney, Jerry Website Interview Video Interview
Reynolds, Jason Website Interview Video Interview
Rhodes, Jewell Parker   Interview Video Interview
Rhuday-Perkovich, Olugbemisola Website Interview Video Interview
Smith, Charles Website Interview Video Interview
Williams, Rita Garcia Website Interview Video Interview
Woodson, Jacqueline Website Interview Video Interview
The Lion and the Mouse Nelson Mandela Eliza's Freedom Road 8th Grade Super Zero Jazz

More Info Guides 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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