Tonya Bolden loves history, but it wasn’t always that way. When Bolden was a child, the history lessons she received were tedious and unstimulating, mostly because Black people were barely visible or totally absent. She did, however, adore books and writing. Her parents, who had limited formal education, firmly believed that education was a pathway to better opportunities for Black people. Bolden was an excellent student and went on to earn degrees from Princeton and Columbia. Eventually, a growing interest in history merged with her love of writing, “I came to see there was power in the past, that history makes us whole.” Now Tonya Bolden is one of the most prolific Black writers of nonfiction history books for children and young adults. So, parents, teachers, librarians, and lovers of history, you have ample time to pore over Bolden’s impressive list of books in preparation for Black History Month—and beyond. Happy Reading!
What I came to understand as an adult is that there is power in the past. Knowing history can be a powerful antidote to shame/self-hatred/identity-confusion.
Searching for Sarah Rector (2014)
Twelve Days of New York (2013)
Finding Family (2010)
Up Close: W. E. B. Du Bois (2008)
M.L.K.: Journey Of A King (2007)
Just Family (1996)
Mama, I Want To Sing (1992)