Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre


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$17.99  $16.73
Carolrhoda Books (R)
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9.4 X 11.0 X 0.3 inches | 0.98 pounds

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About the Author

Carole Boston Weatherford is the author of several acclaimed poetry collections and poetic biographies, including Sugar Hill and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, winner of a Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, and the NAACP Image Award. She teaches at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

Floyd Cooper was a celebrated illustrator and author of nearly one hundred children's books. As a picture book creator, he strived to shed light on chapters of African American history that he felt weren't taught enough in classrooms. His works were selected as ALA Notable Children's Books, nominated for the NAACP Image Award, and honored with the Coretta Scott King (CSK) Award. He was awarded a posthumous Caldecott Honor, a CSK Award, and a Sibert Honor for his illustrations in Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre. Cooper passed away in 2021.


"This moving account sheds light on shameful events long suppressed or ignored. All collections should consider this title's value in providing historical context to current conversations about racism and America's ongoing legacy of white supremacy."--starred, School Library Journal

-- (2/1/2021 12:00:00 AM)

"Unspeakable deserves to be read by every student of American history." --starred, BookPage

-- (1/11/2021 12:00:00 AM)

"[S]ucceeds in teaching the tragedy of the Tulsa Race Massacre and the legacy of Black Wall Street."--starred, Publishers Weekly

-- (1/4/2021 12:00:00 AM)

"Far from romanticizing history, Weatherford is equally descriptive in explaining how a false accusation of assault brought simmering racial tensions to a violent end . . . Cooper's illustrations ('oil and erasure') are the perfect partner to this history, the sepia-toned images resembling historical photographs. The portraits of Black residents are particularly moving, seeming to break the fourth wall to implore the reader to remember their story."--starred, The Horn Book Magazine

-- (1/1/2021 12:00:00 AM)

"Ideal for classroom libraries and a deeper study of American history, this title is a must-have for those seeking the painful and complete truth."--starred, Booklist

-- (12/15/2020 12:00:00 AM)

"A somber, well-executed addition to the history as the incident approaches its 100th anniversary."--starred, Kirkus Reviews

-- (12/1/2020 12:00:00 AM)

"These sensitively written, beautifully illustrated books restore this often-elided history while explaining the ensuing tragedy in a manner appropriate for children."--New York Times Book Review

-- (5/28/2021 12:00:00 AM)