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Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter

Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter

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A tender and powerful affirmation that Black lives have always mattered.

Black lives matter. That message would be self-evident in a just world, but in this world and this America, all children need to hear it repeatedly, and not just to hear it but to feel and know it.

This book powerfully affirms the message with pride, celebrating Black achievements in various fields such as music, art, literature, journalism, etc. It features a magnificent historical & contemporary context to honor Black role models. Frederick Douglass, Toni Morrison, Sojourner Truth, John Lewis, etc. pass through these pages. A hundred life sketches are included, opening doors to lives, and thinking not seen in history books. James Baldwin is quoted: “We are responsible for the world.” Viola Davis's words, too: “I didn’t feel worthy of having a voice.”

This book tells children what people like Viola were and are doing, and it assures Black children that they are, indisputably, worthy of having a voice.

Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter? is a book for this time and always. It is time for all children to live and breathe the certainty that Black lives matter.

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