MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the arrival of “That They Lived: African Americans Who Changed The World,” a collection of inspirational, biographical essays honoring the great legacies and accomplishments of prominent African Americans. As important, each essay begins in childhood because every important person was once a child. Paired with beautiful photographs of children as our heroes, the book is designed to teach our youth that they can be anything they want when they grow up.
“That They Lived is an instant classic. Words and Images, the past and the future, weave back and forth, in the stunningly original children’s book, until we see and hear the American Dream becoming an American reality as the young people depicted– and the young people reading– come to know their history and their power. People of all ages will enjoy this brilliant, necessary, charming, and inspiring volume. Parents and teachers will find inspirations for endless activities inspired by these pages.” —ALICE RANDALL, professor of African-American Children’s Literature at Vanderbilt University and author of The Diary of B.B. Bright, Possible Princess (Winner of the Phillis Wheatley Prize) and “Black Bottom Saints”
“There is no other book about African American lives like That They Lived. Riley and Smith-Jones have revisited twenty historic figures to demonstrate that whatever fame or greatness one achieves, everyone was a child once. How wonderful to learn of the childhoods of icons from Douglass to Obama, Wells to Hamer, and so many more. The book gleams with the sheer variety of black life and ambition. The photographs are magic. This is for young readers, but really for all of us since we all came from somewhere.” —DAVID W. BLIGHT, Yale University, author of Pulitzer-Prize- winning Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
“It is true that children can only become what they see. That They Lived provides that window on the world of African Americans who achieved greatness, often against the odds. Riley’s words combined with Smith-Jones’s beautiful and touching photography make these history-makers accessible for children and adults alike.” —TERRI LEE FREEMAN, president, National Civil Rights MuseumContinue Reading