Just finished reading Black Heroes: A Black History Book for Kids: 51 Inspiring People from Ancient Africa to Modern-Day U.S.A by Arlisha Norwood. It’s currently free on Kindle Unlimited.
The children’s book includes heroes from across the diaspora.
I loved the fact the book included those from pre and post colonial mainland Africa – such as: Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Mansa Musa, Queen Nzinga, Shaka Zulu and Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti.
For the American child the book included names such as Ignatius Sancho, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and George Washington Carver which are more well known on that side of the Atlantic.
For those of us in the UK, the inclusion of Mary Seacole was a positive but surprising inclusion. Most welcome as it shows the whole Diaspora we were here before the Windrush and that we made valuable contributions.
I liked the fact it covered heroes from across the African Diaspora, and was in chronological order – which means the young school child wouldn’t be left thinking that Black history begins with the Transatlantic Slave Trade. A truly inspiring book with lovely illustrations, a welcome addition to any school library or family bookshelf