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Ellington Was Not a Street

By Ntozake Shange

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's, January 2004
ISBN: 0689828845
MY HERO recommends this book to children readers.
From the Publisher
In a reflective tribute to the African-American community of old, noted poet Ntozake Shange recalls her childhood home and the close-knit group of innovators that often gathered there. These men of vision, brought to life in the majestic paintings of artist Kadir Nelson, lived at a time when the color of their skin dictated where they could live, what schools they could attend, and even where they could sit on a bus or in a movie theater.

Yet in the face of this tremendous adversity, these dedicated souls and others like them not only demonstrated the importance of Black culture in America, but also helped issue in a movement that "changed the world." Their lives and their works inspire us to this day, and serve as a guide to how we approach the challenges of tomorrow.

User Reviews:
issabella | 2/16/2008 11:51 AM
great book
ashia | 2/8/2006 11:35 PM
great book read it before

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