Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Book Itch Freedom, Truth & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore

When Lewis's dad Lewis Michaux Sr. opened a bookstore in 1930s Harlem, he created more than just a space to read and purchase books. He provided his African American community with a place to gather, share ideas, and learn from one another. With visits from famous people like Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X, the bookstore became a prominent fixture in the civil rights movement. Bold text that cries out “Knowledge is power” and rich paintings depicting a strong neighborhood during a troubled time in American history bring this true story to life for young readers. “From the author's heart to America's readers: a tribute to a man who believed in and lived black pride” (KIRK).

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