Still I Rise: A Graphic History of African Americans is a complete graphic history of Africans in the United States of America. The tone of the book is established right away with a lesson on indentured servitude and the beginning of slavery in the Jamestown settlement.
Two characters guide the reader on the journey of the history of blacks in America. With somewhat different perspectives, they provide a balance in the presentation of historical events. As is evident from the cover of the book, it is current in its coverage of the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States.
The book is not for young children; some of the humor would be lost on them and the illustrations depicting the constant fear of sexual attack of black women would be challenging to explain to them. It is precisely that honest, thorough and engaging presentation that distinguishes this book from others using cartoons to tell black history.
I like this book but I knew that I would purchase several copies after reading the depiction of more current historical moments such as Hurricane Katrina and the much-celebrated Oscar wins of Halle Berry and Denzel Washington and a more balanced perspective of blacks on those historical moments.
Still I Rise is definitely a winner and must have for history enthusiasts.
Still I Rise: A Graphic History of African-Americans
by Roland Laird with Taneshia Nash Laird
Illustrated by Elihu "Adofo" Bey
Foreword by Charles Johnson
240 pages, illustrated
© 2009, on the black hand side, www.blackhandside.net
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