Little Leaders: Exceptional Men in Black History

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Little Leaders: Exceptional Men in Black History is an outstanding book. Not only is the information about the thirty-five subjects comprehensive and fascinating, but the arrangement and breadth of research are overwhelming. We realise the difficulty of Vashti Harrison’s job in narrowing the field to just thirty-five trailblazers. At the conclusion of the title she offers other subjects, including Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela and Stormzy! Furthermore, she includes further reading lists for those of us who want to know more.

Her thirty five subjects span centuries, beginning with inventor and farmer Benjamin Banneker, who built the first clock in America. It includes campaigners like Frederick Douglass, Harold Moody and Paul Robeson. Thereafter, we read of zoologist Charles Turner, who realised that bees see in colour and that ‘ants walk around their nest before entering.’ There are so many jaw dropping subjects, fascinating facts, so much to read, learn and be inspired about.

Bookwagon suggests that Little Leaders: Exceptional Men in Black History is an essential title for home and school.

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Little Leaders: Exceptional Men in Black History

Vashti Harrison, with Kwesi Johnson

(Penguin Random House)- hardback

Thirty five biographies form Vashti Harrison’s Little Leaders: Exceptional Men in Black History. While some are familiar, like Frederick Douglass or Paul Robeson, their full stories merit reading. Thereafter, some, like Dwayne McDuffie or Jacob Lawrence, are new to us. Each person included in this book deserves to have his story known.
The obstacles faced by many are staggering. For example, Garrett Morgan hired ‘white actors to conduct demonstrations’ of his designs This meant that customers ‘would give his creations a chance.’ Meanwhile, the lyrics written by Public Enemy’s Chuck D, were deemed ‘too political’. It seems that Spike Lee’s inclusion of Chuck D’s music in ‘Do the Right Thing’ proved this wrong! Thereafter, readers did not believe Frederick Douglass’s autobiography. It seemed impossible that this man could have suffered such harsh experiences as a slave! However, in naming his slave owners, Douglass was forced to travel to Britain to ‘avoid recapture’. 
Alongside a biography of each subject, Vashti Harrison includes an artistic impression. It seems that through the sequential arrangement we gauge an understanding of the history and stories of her subjects. In addition, we realise the extent of the pursuits, causes, skills and talents of these Little Leaders.
This book merits a place in home and school libraries alongside Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History. Little Leaders; Exceptional Men in Black History is an inspirational book.

1 review for Little Leaders: Exceptional Men in Black History

  1. Paula Hale

    I bought this to add to my collection of books. We have used these in school quite a lot and we foudn with this book in particular there are so many people we do not know about or have not heard of. This book has been essential in allowing us educate ourselves and find out more. It has been a great addition to our classrooms and school library.

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