Black History Month Displays at Bernardsville Library

February 2, 2012 // Filed under Uncategorized

Black History Month at Bernardsville Library is being observed with book displays in both the Biography and Youth Services sections. A variety of picture books for young readers are showcased in the children’s area along with a posterboard featuring one new fact a day about Black History Month. Come by and learn a thing or two while enjoying these great kids books.

Bernardsville Library’s Biography section now offers a month-long display showcasing many interesting books on the lives of notable African Americans. Sojourner Truth, Paul Robeson, Langston Hughes, and Thurgood Marshall are all famous names in history, but how about the resilient Mr. Jimmy Winkfield, the last African American jockey to win the Kentucky Derby?  He was the 17th child of sharecroppers, but fled to Europe to escape threats from the KKK after his derby win. Winkfield raced horses in Russia, riding the Tsar’s horse, and later acquired  property and status in France, only to be hounded out of that country by the Nazis.  Black Maestro: the epic life of an American legend by Joe Drape recounts this man’s amazing life.

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