HEART AND SOUL by Kadir Nelson

American history, as told in schools, is often white-male-centric.  Textbook writers usually do not portray minorities and women as main characters in history; they are relegated to secondary characters and sidebars, only important insofar as how they interact with white males.

Kadir Nelson challenges this norm with HEART AND SOUL, a scrapbook-style account of American history as told by a Black woman.  Learn about the War of Independence (in which slaves fought on the side of the British), about Black inventors, about the Harlem Renaissance, about the Black Suffragettes, and much more.

As with all things painted by Kadir Nelson, be wary of getting too close to the pictures–the people portrayed tend to stare out from the page and straight into your soul.

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About Allie Jane Bruce

Children's Librarian, Bank Street College. Librarian, We Need Diverse Books. Co-creator of Reading While White (readingwhilewhite.blogspot.com). Newbery Committee 2016. Addicted to children's literature and chocolate.
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