Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

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Product Details

Price
$19.99  $18.59
Publisher
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Publish Date
Pages
224
Dimensions
5.35 X 8.35 X 1.02 inches | 0.79 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780063056664

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About the Author

Brandy Colbert is the award-winning author of several books for children and teens, including Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, which was the winner of the 2022 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction and a finalist for the American Library Association's Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction Award. Her other acclaimed books include Pointe, The Voting Booth, The Only Black Girls in Town, and the Stonewall Book Award winner Little & Lion. A member of the faculty at Hamline University's MFA program in writing for children, Brandy lives in Los Angeles. You can find her online at www.brandycolbert.com.

Reviews

"Colbert writes confidently about the truth of American history that has been long omitted from textbooks and conversations, and presents a case for acknowledging lingering racist ideas, sentiments, and assumptions and for holding ourselves accountable to overturning the harm that racism has caused. Necessary reading for any student of history or for anyone trying to understand our present." -- Booklist (starred review)

"This sophisticated volume makes clear that the destruction of Black property and lives in the Tulsa Race Massacre was not an isolated incident. The clear, readable prose supports a greater understanding both of how and why incidents like the one in Tulsa happened and their exclusion from curriculum and conversations about U.S. history. A compelling recounting that invites and encourages readers to grapple with difficult history." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Alternating between survivor quotes, a detailed background of Oklahoma and Black chattel slavery, and a stirring account of the disturbing 1921 events, Colbert displays an impeccable grasp of the history of segregated Black towns and communities, and the powder keg of hatred and prejudice that would eventually condemn it. Powerful." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"VERDICT: A must-have first purchase for all libraries; this text invites readers to engage with a difficult history that's essential in our understanding of today's world." -- School Library Journal (starred review)

"Colbert paints a clear picture of how and why this racial massacre occurred and encourages all readers, regardless of age or race, to confront the difficult and often obscured history of racial violence in the United States." -- Shelf Awareness (starred review)

"Black Birds in the Sky tells the truth about an event that every American should know about. It's a horrifying account told with great care." -- BookPage

"Colbert extends her range with this excellent nonfiction book, a welcome contribution to the growing literature about this tragedy." -- Horn Book Magazine

"This essential story will help you understand our country better--both where we've been and where we need to go." -- Steve Sheinkin, author of Bomb and The Port Chicago 50

"This book is a necessary read for EVERYONE." -- Frederick Joseph, New York Times bestselling author of The Black Friend