Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter

byShani Mahiri KingIllustratorBobby C. Martin Jr.

January 13, 2021|
Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter by Shani Mahiri King
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A tender and powerful affirmation that Black lives have always mattered.
Black lives matter. That message would be self—evident in a just world, but in this world and this America, all children need to hear it again and again, and not just to hear it but to feel and know it.
This book affirms the message repeatedly, tenderly, with cumulative power and shared pride. Celebrating Black accomplishments in music, art, literature, journalism, politics, law, science, medicine, entertainment, and sports, Shani King summons a magnificent historical and contemporary context for honoring the fortitude of Black role models, women and men, who have achieved greatness despite the grinding political and social constraints on Black life. Frederick Douglass, Toni Morrison, Sojourner Truth, John Lewis, Langston Hughes, Louis Armstrong, Maya Angelou, Aretha Franklin, and many more pass through these pages. An America without their struggles, aspirations, and contributions would be a shadow of the country we know. A hundred life sketches augment the narrative, opening a hundred doors to lives and thinking that aren't included in many history books. James Baldwin's challenge is here: "We are responsible for the world in which we find ourselves, if only because we are the only sentient force which can change it." Actress Viola Davis's words are here, too: "When I was younger, I did not exert my voice because I did not feel worthy of having a voice. I was taught so many things that didn't include me. Where was I? What were people like me doing?"
This book tells children what people like Viola were and are doing, and it assures Black children that they are, indisputably, worthy of having a voice.
Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter? is a book for this time and always. It is time for all children to live and breathe the certainty that Black lives matter.

Shani Mahiri King (Miami, FL) is a law professor at the University of Florida, where he is director of the Center on Children and Families and an Associate Director of the Center on Race and Race Relations. Shani is the father of a nine—year—old daughter and a six—year—old son, for whom he wrote the picture book...
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Title:Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter
Format:Picture Books
Product dimensions:80 pages, 9.75 X 7.2 X 0.4 in
Shipping dimensions:80 pages, 9.75 X 7.2 X 0.4 in
Published:January 13, 2021
Publisher:Tilbury House
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780884488897

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