*PATHFINDERS: The Journeys of Sixteen Extraordinary Black Souls by Tonya Bolden invites readers to travel back in time and meet some of the extraordinary black men and women in America who have achieved great things against the odds. These are people who dared to dream, take risks, and chart courses to success
On March 18, 2017 the African American Children’s Book Project will co-sponsor events in 8 markets around the country (Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Greenville) to honor those in the books and celebrate the Pathfinders in our communities.
This is also Women’s History Month and a great time to spotlight some of those who have charted new frontiers. Like…..
Sissieretta Jones an Opera Singer who did a nine city European Tour in late 1894
Maggie Lena Walker the first black woman to run a bank in 1903
Mary Bowser who in 1995 was described as “one of the highest-placed and most productive espionage agents of the Civil War.” In essence she was a government spy.
Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander the first African American to be admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar, one of her many first.
Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who was instrumental in putting U.S. astronauts on the moon
The book also examines the lives of:
- Venture Smith, prince
- James Forten, entrepreneur
- Richard Potter, magician
- James McCune Smith, physician
- Allen Allensworth, town founder
- Clara Brown, pioneer
- Charlie Wiggins, race car driver
- Eugene Bullard, combat pilot
- Oscar Micheaux, filmmaker
- Jackie Ormes, cartoonist
- Paul R. Williams, architect
Come out and share stories of your Pathfinders. Books will be available for purchase and support the activities of The African American Children’s Book Project.
For more information contact The Literary Media and Publishing Consultants or email: [email protected] or call (215) 878-BOOK
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