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A dynamic and hip collective biography that presents forty-four of America’s greatest movers and shakers, from Frederick Douglass to Aretha Franklin to Barack Obama, written by ESPN’s TheUndefeated.com and illustrated with dazzlingportraits by Rob Ball. Meet forty-four of America’s most impressive heroes in this collective biography of African American figures authored by A dynamic and hip collective biography that presents forty-four of America’s greatest movers and shakers, from Frederick Douglass to Aretha Franklin to Barack Obama, written by ESPN’s TheUndefeated.com and illustrated with dazzling portraits by Rob Ball. Meet forty-four of America’s most impressive heroes in this collective biography of African American figures authored by the team at ESPN’s TheUndefeated.com.  From visionaries to entrepreneurs, athletes to activists, the Fierce 44 are beacons of brilliance, perseverance, and excellence. Each short biography is accompanied by a compelling portrait by Robert Ball, whose bright, graphic art pops off the page. Bringing household names like Serena Williams and Harriet Tubman together with lesser-known but highly deserving figures such as Robert Abbott and Dr. Charles Drew, this collection is a celebration of all that African Americans have achieved, despite everything they have had to overcome.


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A dynamic and hip collective biography that presents forty-four of America’s greatest movers and shakers, from Frederick Douglass to Aretha Franklin to Barack Obama, written by ESPN’s TheUndefeated.com and illustrated with dazzlingportraits by Rob Ball. Meet forty-four of America’s most impressive heroes in this collective biography of African American figures authored by A dynamic and hip collective biography that presents forty-four of America’s greatest movers and shakers, from Frederick Douglass to Aretha Franklin to Barack Obama, written by ESPN’s TheUndefeated.com and illustrated with dazzling portraits by Rob Ball. Meet forty-four of America’s most impressive heroes in this collective biography of African American figures authored by the team at ESPN’s TheUndefeated.com.  From visionaries to entrepreneurs, athletes to activists, the Fierce 44 are beacons of brilliance, perseverance, and excellence. Each short biography is accompanied by a compelling portrait by Robert Ball, whose bright, graphic art pops off the page. Bringing household names like Serena Williams and Harriet Tubman together with lesser-known but highly deserving figures such as Robert Abbott and Dr. Charles Drew, this collection is a celebration of all that African Americans have achieved, despite everything they have had to overcome.

34 review for The Fierce 44: Black Americans Who Shook Up the World

  1. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    I am very impressed with the range of "dreamers and doers, noisy geniuses and quiet innovators, record breakers and symbols of pride and aspiration" depicted in this beautifully illustrated collection of one-page biographies. What's not to love about a book that invites you to learn about Alvin Ailey, Michael Jordan, and Ida B. Wells in one volume? I especially liked how the portraits are accompanied by one-liners describing the importance of the subject - this helps young readers connect the I am very impressed with the range of "dreamers and doers, noisy geniuses and quiet innovators, record breakers and symbols of pride and aspiration" depicted in this beautifully illustrated collection of one-page biographies. What's not to love about a book that invites you to learn about Alvin Ailey, Michael Jordan, and Ida B. Wells in one volume? I especially liked how the portraits are accompanied by one-liners describing the importance of the subject - this helps young readers connect the biographies to what they see in daily life. Sidney Poitier: "because he ushered in the modern black leading man," Zora Neale Hurston: "because she inspired pride in southern black culture"; Jay-Z: "because he's the greatest man in hip-hop" (is this debatable??) The Fierce 44 is an accessible, engaging introduction to influential African Americans; I recommend it to readers in the 3rd grade-and-up crowd and look forward to sharing it with kids in my library.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alex Richey

    AudioFile Review! A very quick listen! This book is great at giving a brief bio on some of the most important Black Americans in history, while leaving enough curiosity that it leaves me wanting more.

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