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Celebrating Black History Month with The Book Goddess’s recommended reads that explore the African-American experience beyond slavery and civil rights. Drinks on hand include Moor’s Session Ale and Chaos Theory Proprietary Red Blend from Brown Estate — Napa Valley’s only Black-Owned winery!
Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History
Author: Schele Williams
Illustrator: Tonya Engel
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers (September 28th, 2021)
“Beginning in Africa before 1619, Your Legacy presents an unprecedentedly accessible, empowering, and proud introduction to African American history for children. While your ancestors’ freedom was taken from them, their spirit was not; this book celebrates their accomplishments, acknowledges their sacrifices, and defines how they are remembered—and how their stories should be taught. (Publisher’s description)
Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People
Author: Kekla Magoon
Publisher: Candlewick Press (November 8th, 2021), 400 pages
” . . . Kekla Magoon introduces readers to the [Black] Panthers’ community activism . . . which taught Black Americans how to protect and support themselves in a country that treated them like second-class citizens. For too long the Panthers’ story has been a footnote to the civil rights movement rather than what it was: a revolutionary socialist movement that drew thousands of members—mostly women—and became the target of one of the most sustained repression efforts ever made by the U.S. government against its own citizens.” (Publisher’s description)
When the World Turned Upside Down
Author: K. Ibura
Publisher: Scholastic Press (February 1, 2022), 288 pages
“What do you do when the world shuts down? A heartwarming story of friendship and overcoming adversity in a time of COVID, When the World Turns Upside Down is about community, giving back, and understanding the world around us through the power of generosity from debut middle grade author K. Ibura.” (Publisher’s description)
The Chosen One
Author: Echo Brown
Publisher: Christy Ottaviano Books (January 4, 2022), 336 pages
“In mesmerizing personal narrative and magical realism, Echo Brown confronts mental illness, grief, racism, love, friendship, ambition, self-worth, and belonging as they steer the fates of first-generation college students on Dartmouth’s campus. The Chosen One is an unforgettable coming-of-age story that bravely unpacks the double-edged college transition—as both catalyst for old wounds and a fresh start.” (Publisher’s description)
Chaos Theory Proprietary Red Blend
Brown Estate, Napa Valley, CA
Varietal Composition: 50% Napa Valley Petite Sirah, 40% Napa Valley Merlot, 10% Sierra Foothills Zinfandel
“Over the years this proprietary blend has become a shape-shifter, each vintage its own unique blend. Such is our journey through the world of wine — a constant adventure that reminds us year in and year out that no matter how random or chaotic things may seem, amidst the mayhem there is reason, if not always rhyme, to all we do and experience.” (Producer’s description)
Moor’s Session Ale
Moor’s Brewing Company – Chicago, IL
For specifics on this tasty beverage, listen to Of Books & Booze Episode 018 on the U.S. Bicycle Corps and check out the show notes. Cheers!
Links & Other Source Material
Anderson’s Bookshop’s list of Black History Month titles for adults and children.
Homepage for Anderson’s Bookshop’s Meet The Author Mondays on Instagram
Links to individual @ab.teens episodes
Arcontas Blank on SoundCloud and Facebook
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