African Icons: 10 People Who Shaped History, by Tracey Baptiste, is a historical introduction to the continent and people of Africa before colonization.
This diverse collection of biographies details influential men and women who shaped philosophy, art, business, and leadership. The detail of the biographies provides context and contributions to history and culture.
Stunningly illustrated portraits of historical figures, by Hillary D. Wilson, in a various array of warm skin tones in brown hues are included, as well as maps, photographs, and primary artifacts.
The back matter has an extensive bibliography and a list of websites of additional information.
Age range is from upper elementary through middle school.
This is a highly recommended purchase for home, classroom, school, and public libraries as a primer for a grossly understudied topic. Baptist's book provides an important 'Mirror' for Black identity, while also providing the historical significance and acknowledgment of African Leaders for the 'Windows' perspective of those from other cultures.
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