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Young, Gifted and Black

by Jamia Wilson

'new gen' - Great Books for Young Adults

LoveReading View on Young, Gifted and Black

In a Nutshell: Inspiring celebration of black trailblazers 

This inspiring, illuminating, stylishly accessible anthology invites young readers to discover and celebrate phenomenal forebears and contemporary catalysts, while encouraging them to blaze their own inimitable trails.

Taking its name from a Nina Simone song, and written as “a love letter to our ancestors, and to the next generation of black changemakers,” this exuberantly illustrated book presents a plethora of outstanding individuals who’ve realised amazing achievements in their respective fields. Among the fifty-two figures we meet are household names from contemporary culture (Michelle and Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Beyoncé, for example), and hugely important historical heroes and heroines. While some will be familiar – Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, and Rosa Parks, for example – lesser-known pioneers are also presented, among them Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan environmental activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel in space.

In their introduction, the author and illustrator issue an emboldening statement about the importance of representation – “all children deserve to see themselves represented positively in stories”. And, with such a dazzling diversity of talents portrayed here (from writers, musicians, dancers and visual artists, to sports people, scientists and politicians), this book has much to inspire a real range of young readers.  ~ Joanne Owen

Joanne Owen

Young, Gifted and Black Synopsis

Meet 52 icons of colour from the past and present in this celebration of inspirational achievement - from figureheads, leaders and pioneers such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks, to cultural trailblazers and sporting heroes, including Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams. Strong, courageous, talented and diverse, these extraordinary men and women's achievements will inspire a new generation to chase their dream... whatever it may be.

Young, Gifted and Black Press Reviews

If you haven't already please pre-order Young, Gifted and Black with words by the incomparable @jamiaw and illustrations from the darling @andreagpippins. -- Black Girls Book Club

In a world dominated by white privilege this book is a brilliant new addition to an arsenal of education about the stars of our multi-cultural world who are so often ignored or airbrushed out of history. -- Teen Librarian

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ISBN: 9781786030887
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781786030887
Publication date: 1st February 2018
Author: Jamia Wilson
Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 64 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction,
Categories: People & places (Children's / Teenage), Personal & social issues: racism & multiculturalism (Children's / Teenage),

About Jamia Wilson

Andrea Pippins is an illustrator, designer, and author who has a passion for creating images that reflect what she wants to see in art, media, and pop culture. Her vision is to empower people of colour with tools and inspiration to create and tell their own stories. She is the best-selling creator of the colouring book I Love My Hair and the interactive journal Becoming Me. Her clients include O: The Oprah Magazine, Scoop Magazine, Family Circle, The Huffington Post, Bustle, Free People, Lincoln Center and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Andrea is based in Stockholm, ...

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