Academic journal article Language Arts

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

Academic journal article Language Arts

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

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Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library Written by Carole Boston Weatherford Illustrated by Eric Velasquez Candlewick, 2017, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-7636-8046-6

What do you do if you see your people's stories erased from books and you are told you have no history, no heroes? With the steadfast belief that his people must have made important contributions over the centuries, Arturo Schomburg began a lifelong quest to find and bring to light the achievements of people of African descent. This book is an impactful biography of the man most known for his role as the curator of the Division of Negro Literature, History and Prints at the New York Public Library. Weatherford's engrossing, free-verse poems are packed with information about Schomburg's life journey, beginning with his boyhood in Puerto Rico to his life in New York and beyond as he worked tirelessly to prove the place of people of African descent in world history. …

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