Now Is Your Time!

The African-American Struggle for Freedo

by Walter Dean Myers

On Sale: 10/06/2009

Now Is Your Time!

The African-American Struggle for Freedo

by Walter Dean Myers

On Sale: 10/06/2009

Format:

Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book (NCTE)

Golden Kite Award Honor Book

Horn Book Fanfare

ALA Notable Children’s Book

Coretta Scott King Award (Author)

Jane Addams Book Award Honor Book

Library of Congress Children’s Books

New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age

About the Book

History has made me an African American. It is an Africa that I have come from, and an America that I have helped to create.

Since they were first brought as captives to Virginia, the people who would become African Americans have struggled for freedom. Thousands fought for the rights of all Americans during the Revolutionary War, and for their own rights during the Civil War. On the battlefield, through education, and through their creative genius, they have worked toward one goal: that the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness be denied no one.

Fired by the legacy of men and women like Abd al Rahman Ibrahima, Ida B. Wells, and George Latimer, the struggle continues today. Here is African-American history, told through the stories of the people whose experiences have shaped and continue to shape the America in which we live.

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Critical Praise

"Truly a gift to readers of the new generation." - Coretta Scott King Award Committee.

"A compelling exploration of the African-American experience from slavery through the 1960s civil rights movement to contemporary times. This fascinating book will engender pride in heritage for young African Americans and provide insight into American history for all." - Horn Book Magazine

"Engrossing history with a strong unifying theme, the narrative enriched with accounts of outstanding lives. Speaking as an African-American, Myers concludes with an eloquent homily recalling the noble qualities of the people he has described and reminding readers that we should 'be no less than we can be' and that 'before you can go forward, you must know where you have been.' For Americans of any color, he makes a notably persuasive case for doing both." - Kirkus Reviews

"Combining the emotional and plot-weaving powers of his novelist talents with a strong author's presence, Myers portrays the quests of individual Africans against the background of broader historical movements. Intriguing and rousing." - Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061985614
  • ISBN 10: 0061985619
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 10/06/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price:11.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / African American
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / 20th Century
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists

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