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Justice, Peace, and Equity

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Jason Reynolds

A winner of the Coretta Scott King and Walter Dean Myers book awards, this novel tells the story of two teens from different ethnic backgrounds whose lives are changed drastically after a violent event causes racial divisions in their school, community, and ultimately, the country.


Alice Faye Duncan


This critical civil rights book for middle-graders examines the little-known Tennessee's Fayette County Tent City Movement in the late 1950s and reveals what is possible when people unite and fight for the right to vote. Powerfully conveyed through interconnected stories and told through the eyes of a child, this book combines poetry, prose, and stunning illustrations to shine light on this forgotten history.

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XiXi Tian

Two sisters of mixed race are tasked with dealing with the aftermath of a racist attack on their home. The girls share a lot of experiences in their home headed by of single mother of Chinese ancestry, but both are very different in personality and appearance. One wants to blend in, while the other wants to right many wrongs. They grapple with living in a predominantly White town, and they also struggle within their relationship with each other. This quiet yet powerful work of fiction not only tackles racism toward Chinese Americans, but also experiences that can occur near the end of high school and the beginning of college.

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Ashley Bryan

From celebrated author and illustrator Ashley Bryan comes a deeply moving picture book memoir about serving in the segregated army during World War II, and how love and the pursuit of art sustained him.


Marie Benedict

The story of Bella Green, J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, who had to hide her identity and heritage as a Black woman and pass a as a White woman. Known for her impeccable tastes, she was hired to curate Morgan’s rare books, artwork, and manuscripts while in her twenties and becomes one of the most powerful people in the artworld and book world within New York society.


Chrisanne Beckner 

From Benjamin Banneker to Harriet Tubman, Duke Ellington to Rosa Parks, Malcolm X to John Lewis and many more, readers will be introduced to artists, activists, icons, ands legends throughout history. Organized chronologically, 100 African Americans Who Shaped American History offers a look at the prominent role these men and women played and how their talents, ideas, and expertise have influenced the country from its very beginning all the way through the present day.

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