Those Who Saw the Sun: African American Oral Histories from the Jim Crow South


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$19.99  $18.59
Levine Querido
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6.37 X 9.3 X 0.92 inches | 1.36 pounds

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About the Author

Jaha Nailah Avery is an African American woman and proud Southerner. Hailing from Asheville, North Carolina, she received her law degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied constitutional and civil rights law. She spent several years in the startup tech space before embarking on her professional writing career, and her work can be found in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and Architectural Digest. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a Diamond Life member of the NAACP. Her aim is to always document, celebrate, and preserve the stories of Black people, communities, and history.


"Avery, a journalist with a background in law, documents the voices of African American elders. Sharing their experiences of life in the segregated South, they offer today's young readers a critically important window into recent history." - Kirkus Reviews
"Compelling" -- School Library Connection
[STAR] "These elders' voices are a collective treasure." -- Kirkus (starred)
"Chilling... bring[s] alive the realities of life under Jim Crow" -- Booklist
[STAR] "Powerful... Avery highlights essential perspectives on significant cultural moments and movements by centering the voices of those who lived them. With the intention of preserving varied Black experiences and the wisdom and knowledge they offer, the creator crafts a vital, nuanced depiction of a fraught period in American history via myriad perspectives." -- Publishers Weekly (starred)
[STAR] "Profound... Avery's thoughtful questions and the answers they elicit engage well with the impressive minds, often put-upon bodies, and persisting souls of subjects and readers alike." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred)