Young, Gifted and Black

by Jamia Wilson
illustrated by Andrea Pippins

Ref: 15227

"Our lives matter. This book is a love letter to our ancestors and to the next generation of black change-makers, in the spirit of the [Nina Simone] song, 'To Be Young, Gifted and Black'" (Wilson & Pippins). A truly joyful festival of black icons. An explosion of colourful illustrations, bold page headers, highlighted inspirational quotes and a resplendent photographic Hall of Fame introduce 52 black stars -both past and present- from around the globe. The breadth and scope is stunning: icons who will resonate immediately with young people- Beyoncé, Bolt, Bile; a very fine smattering of UK figure- including Zadie Smith, Steve McQueen, Mo Farah, Nicola Adams; a great gender split; the inclusion of legends who are rarely written in to accounts of black history- Sidney Poitier, Kofi Annan, Toni Morisson. A deeply satisfying tribute and a must-have historical resource for young people everywhere. 'Excellent book. A good balance of contemporary and historical figures. Strongly recommend this!' (Darren, Teacher & Higher Ed. Tutor, Letterbox Library reviewer). 'Allows readers of all backgrounds to learn about black change makers and allows children of colour to see themselves reflected in an array of positive role models. Every school should have a copy!' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 8+, Paperback 61pp