Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present

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Author: Jamia Wilson
Illustrator: Andrea Pippins
  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions (February 1, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781786031587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786031587
  • ASIN: 1786031582
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.5 x 11.2 inches

Meet 52 icons of color from the past and present in this celebration of inspirational achievement—a collection of stories about changemakers to encourage, inspire and empower the next generation of changemakers. Jamia Wilson has carefully curated this range of black icons and the book is stylishly brought together by Andrea Pippins’ colorful and celebratory illustrations. Written in the spirit of Nina Simone’s song “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black,” this vibrant book is a perfect introduction to both historic and present-day icons and heroes. Meet figureheads, leaders and pioneers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks, as well as cultural trailblazers and athletes like Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams. All children deserve to see themselves represented positively in the books they read. Highlighting the talent and contributions of black leaders and changemakers from around the world, readers of all backgrounds will be empowered to discover what they too can achieve. Strong, courageous, talented and diverse, these extraordinary men and women's achievements will inspire a new generation to chase their dream… whatever it may be.


“…exuberant…exquisitely designed…a launching point for more discoveries.”
–School Library Journal, Starred Review

“to be revisited again and again…The candy-colored pages and straightforward stories are hard to resist…”
–The New York Times

“Diverse collection of iconic figures…vibrantly illustrated…beautifully crafted volume…”
–Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“A luminous and diverse tribute to black movers and shakers across the centuries.”
–Publishers Weekly


Jamia Wilson is the executive director and publisher of the Feminist Press. An activist and writer, Wilson has contributed to New York Magazine, the New York Times, The Today Show, CNN, BBC, Teen Vogue, Elle, Refinery 29, Rookie, and the Guardian. She is the author of Young, Gifted, and Black (Wide Eyed Editions), a co-author of Road Map for Revolutionaries (Ten Speed Press) and wrote the introduction and oral history to Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World (Dey Street Books).