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    Aaron

    Henry Aaron

    Rennert, Richard Scott, 1956-

    A biography of the baseball player who displaced Babe Ruth as the hitter with the greatest number of career home runs.

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    Ali

    Muhammad Ali

    Rummel, Jack.

    Chronicles the life of the heavyweight boxing champion, from his early years to his draft resistance through his astounding boxing career which established him as one of the greatest fighters of all time.

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    Allen

    Richard Allen

    Klots, Steve.

    Details the life of the Afro-American leader who rose from slavery to become a minister, founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and participated in the first National Negro Convention.

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    Angelou

    Maya Angelou

    Shapiro, Miles.

    Discusses the life and work of the noted black writer.

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    Armstrong

    Louis Armstrong

    Tanenhaus, Sam.

    A biography of the famous trumpeter who was one of the first great improvisers in jazz history.

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    Ashe

    Arthur Ashe--tennis great

    Weissberg, Ted.

    Presents the life of an important black athlete and tennis player, Arthur Ashe.

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    Baker

    Josephine Baker

    Schroeder, Alan.

    Biography of the African-American singer and dancer who achieved fame in Paris in the 1920s and was awarded the French Legion of Honor for her work during World War II.

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    BALDWIN

    James Baldwin

    Rosset, Lisa.

    A biography of an American author noted for his books on racial conflict in the United States.

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    BANNEKER

    Benjamin Banneker

    Conley, Kevin.

    A biography of the eighteenth-century black tobacco farmer who taught himself mathematics, astronomy, and clockmaking; became famous for his almanacs; and assisted in the original survey of Washington, D.C.

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    BARAKA

    Amiri Baraka

    Bernotas, Bob.

    A biography of the black poet, playwright, and political activist (formerly Leroi Jones), who was a leading member of the "Beat Generation."

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    Basie

    Count Basie

    Kliment, Bud.

    Examines the life and career of a famous twentieth-century jazz musician.

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    Bassett

    Angela Bassett

    Fitzgerald, Dawn.

    A photo-filled chronicle of the life and career of African-American actress Angela Bassett, including her childhood in Florida, her education at Yale University, and her success in such films as "What's Love Got to Do with It?" and "How Stella Got Her Groove Back."

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    BEARDEN

    Romare Bearden

    Brown, Kevin, 1960-

    Profiles the life and paintings of the African American artist, Romare Bearden.

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    Berry

    Halle Berry

    Naden, Corinne J.

    A biography of the actress who won a Golden Globe Award in 2000 for her leading role in the television movie "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge."

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    BETHUNE

    Mary McLeod Bethune

    Halasa, Malu.

    Traces the life and achievements of the black eduacator who fought bigotry and racial injustice and sought equality for blacks in the areas of education and political rights.

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    Carver

    George Washington Carver

    Adair, Gene.

    A biography of the Afro-American whose scientific research revolutionized the economy of the South.

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    Cosby

    Bill Cosby

    Herbert, Solomon J.

    Examines the life and show business career of Bill Cosby.

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    CUFFE

    Paul Cuffe

    Diamond, Arthur.

    A biography of the American seaman and merchant who encouraged fellow blacks to colonize Sierra Leone, who sought a stronger legal position for blacks in America, and who was responsible for a Massachusetts law giving blacks the right to vote.

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    Douglass

    Frederick Douglass

    Russell, Sharman Apt.

    A biography of the man who, after escaping slavery, became an orator, writer, and leader in the anti-slavery movement of the early nineteenth century.

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    DREW

    Charles R. Drew

    Mahone-Lonesome, Robyn.

    A biography of the surgeon who conducted research on the properties and preservation of blood plasma and was a leader in establishing blood banks.

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    DUBOIS

    W.E.B. DuBois

    Stafford, Mark.

    Examines the life of the black scholar and leader who devoted himself to gaining equality for his people.

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    Dunbar

    Paul Laurence Dunbar

    Gentry, Tony.

    Examines the life of the poet and novelist who battled racism and accepted the challenge of depicting the African-American experience in America.

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    Ellington

    Duke Ellington

    Frankl, Ron.

    Chronicles the life of internationally-acclaimed jazz musician Duke Ellington, from the Harlem Renaissance through his later years.

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    ELLISON

    Ralph Ellison

    Bishop, Jack, 1910-

    A biographical portrait of the 20th century American novelists, Ralph Ellison.

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    Erving

    Julius Erving

    Wilker, Josh.

    Biography of the basketball player known as Dr. J, who invented the art of playing basketball above the rim.

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    FATHER
    DIVINE

    Father Divine

    Weisbrot, Robert.

    Examines the life and career of the black religious leader who founded the Peace Mission Movement, which did much to provide for the poor during the Depression.

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    Fitzgerald

    Ella Fitzgerald

    Kliment, Bud.

    A biography of the American jazz vocalist who has had a successful singing career for fifty years.

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    Franklin

    Aretha Franklin

    McAvoy, Jim.

    Text and photographs trace the life and musical career of Aretha Franklin up to 2001.

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    Freeman

    Morgan Freeman

    DeAngelis, Gina.

    Traces the childhood and acting career of the Oscar-nominated star of such films as "Driving Miss Daisy" and "Seven."

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    GARVEY

    Marcus Garvey

    Lawler, Mary.

    A biographical portrait of Marcus Garvey, who was involved in the Universal Negro Improvement Association.

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    GIBSON

    Josh Gibson

    Holway, John B.

    Explores the life and career of one of baseball's greatest players who played in the Negro Leagues.

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    HALEY

    Alex Haley

    Shirley, David, 1955-

    Discusses the life and times of the American author who gained recognition for his book, "Roots".

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    HALL

    Prince Hall

    Diamond, Arthur.

    A summary of the life and career of the black social reformer.

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    Hendrix

    Jimi Hendrix

    Piccoli, Sean.

    A biography of the rock guitarist whose short but powerful career was highlighted by a legendary performance at Woodstock in 1969.

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    HENSON

    Matthew Henson

    Gilman, Michael.

    Follows the life of the black explorer who accompanied Robert Peary on the expedition to the North Pole.

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    Himes

    Chester Himes

    Wilson, M. L. (Matthew Lawrence), 1960-

    A biography of the black novelist renowned for his series of detective stories.

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    Holiday

    Billie Holiday

    Kliment, Bud.

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    Horne

    Lena Horne

    Palmer, Leslie.

    Describes the life and career achievements of the African-American singer.

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    HUGHES

    Langston Hughes

    Rummel, Jack.

    Examines the life of the Harlem poet who spent his career writing about the black experience in America.

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    Hurston

    Zora Neale Hurston

    Witcover, Paul.

    A biography of the Afro-American writer well-known for her novels and collections of folklore.

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    Joplin

    Scott Joplin

    Preston, Katherine K.

    Traces the life of the well-known ragtime pianist and composer who wrote over 500 pieces of music, including a ballet and two operas.

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    Jordan

    Barbara Jordan : politician

    Naden, Corinne J.

    Examines the life and career of the African-American woman from Texas who became a prominent political figure.

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    King

    Martin Luther King, Jr

    Jakoubek, Robert E.

    Examines the life of the Baptist minister and civil rights leader who helped African-Americans win many battles for equal rights.

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    Latifah

    Queen Latifah

    Bloom, Sarah R.

    Examines the life and achievements of Dana Owens, better known as Queen Latifah, discussing her accomplishments as a singer, actor, writer, and talk show host.

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    LATIMER

    Lewis Latimer / [by] Winifred Latimore Norman and Lily Patterson

    Norman, Winifred Latimer.

    Discusses the inventor's career, life, and times.

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    Lewis

    Carl Lewis

    Klots, Steve.

    A biography of Carl Lewis who many think is the greatest track-and-field athlete of all time.

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    Malcolm
    X

    Malcolm X

    Rummel, Jack.

    A biography of the Black Muslim who became a leader of a movement to unite black people throughout the world.

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    Marley

    Bob Marley

    Dolan, Sean.

    Traces the life of the Jamaican musician who helped popularize reggae before his untimely death.

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    Marshall

    Thurgood Marshall

    Aldred, Lisa.

    Examines the life of the first black man to be appointed an associate justice of the highest court in the country.

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    MCNAIR

    Ronald McNair

    Naden, Corinne J.

    A biography of the black astronaut who was part of the ill-fated Challenger space shuttle mission that exploded on take-off in January 1986.

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    MOR

    Toni Morrison

    Century, Douglas.

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    MUHAMMAD

    Elijah Muhammad

    Halasa, Malu.

    A biography of a leader of the Black Muslim movement, which combined religious beliefs with strong social protest.

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    Murphy

    Eddie Murphy

    Wilburn, Deborah A.

    Discusses the professional and personal life of the well-known comedian.

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    Owens

    Jesse Owens

    Gentry, Tony.

    A biography of the track and field star who won three gold medals in the 1936 Summer Olympic Games.

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    PAIGE

    Satchel Paige : baseball great

    Shirley, David, 1955-

    Describes the life and times of the Hall of Fame pitcher who gained wide-spread recognition in the Negro Leagues before becoming the first black pitcher in the American League.

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    PARKER

    Charlie Parker, musician

    Frankl, Ron.

    Introduces the life and times of the noted jazz musician Charlie Parker.

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    Robeson

    Paul Robeson

    Ehrlich, Scott.

    A biography of the black man who became both a famous singer and a controversial figure in world politics.

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    Smith

    Will Smith

    Stauffer, Stacey, 1973-

    A biography of rap artist and actor Will Smith, discussing his early success and his blockbuster movies, and sharing details of his personal life.

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    Tubman

    Harriet Tubman

    Taylor, Marian.

    Describes the life of the energetic abolitionist, including her origins as a slave in Maryland, her role as a "conductor" for the Underground Railroad, her service to the Union during the Civil War, and her role in establishing an old-age home for African-Americans.

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    TURNER

    Nat Turner

    Bisson, Terry.

    A biography of the slave and preacher who, believing that God wants him to free the slaves, led a major revolt in 1831.

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    VESEY

    Denmark Vesey

    Edwards, Lillie J. (Lillie Johnson)

    A biography of the black freedom fighter whose planned slave revolt in 1822, while never materializing, caused South Carolina to pass sever laws restricting the education, movement, and occupation of free blacks and slaves.

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    WALKER

    Madam C.J. Walker, entrepreneur

    Bundles, A'Lelia Perry.

    A biography of the Afro-American businesswoman whose invention of facial creams and other cosmetics led to great financial success for her.

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    WASHINGTON

    Booker T. Washington

    Schroeder, Alan.

    A biography of the noted black educator and author.

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    Watts

    J.C. Watts

    Lutz, Norma Jean.

    Follows the life of J. C. Watts, who played professional football, served as a Baptist minister, and became the first Republican African-American to be elected to Congress from Oklahoma.

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    Williams

    Venus Williams

    Asirvatham, Sandy.

    A photo-filled chronicle of the life and career of African-American tennis star Venus Williams, from her childhood in the Watts section of Los Angeles to her Wimbledon win in 2001.

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    Winfrey

    Oprah Winfrey

    Nicholson, Lois, 1949-

    The life and career of the African-American talk-show host who has become an entertainment giant is presented in text with accompanying photographs.

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    Woods

    Tiger Woods

    Durbin, William, 1951-

    Examines the life and golf career of the young man who racked up numerous tournament victories and became celebrated in the media.

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    WRIGHT

    Richard Wright

    Urban, Joan, 1950-

    Traces the life and achievements of the Black American, Richard Wright.

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    GLOVER

    Savion Glover : entertainer

    Hasday, Judy L., 1957-

    Examines the life and achievements of tap dancing phenomenon Savion Glover, discussing the history of tap, looking at the people and performers who influenced his style, and describing some of his many productions and awards.

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    HINES

    Gregory Hines

    DeAngelis, Gina.

    A biography of actor/dancer Gregory Hines, tracing his career from childhood when he tap danced with his father and brother, through 1992 when he won the Tony Award for best actor in the Broadway musical "Jelly's Last Jam."

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    ROB

    Jackie Robinson

    Scott, Richard.

    Traces the life of the athlete who broke the color barrier in major league baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

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    WON

    Stevie Wonder : musician

    Brown, Jeremy K.

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