This list celebrates African-American heritage and some of the ways people of African descent have made positive cultural contributions. As our boys grow, we will introduce books with more complex and painful themes related to the history of race in the United States.
I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., paintings by Kadir Nelson
This book shares excerpts from King’s speech which he gave August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington. Nelson’s illustrations are stunning. Book includes an audio CD of King’s speech in his voice.
This story is about a young violinist and his father, the manager of the Negro League baseball team–the Dukes. The boy inspires a flailing team with his music, and the father reinforces that his love for his son won’t change and that some things are more important than winning games.
This book is comprised of vignettes that center around one woman’s kitchen. It portrays scenes of an African-American family in each season of the year. It is heartfelt, light-hearted, and shows the value of family bonds.