Young, Gifted and Black by Jamia Wilson, illustrated by Andrea Pippins
‘Young, Gifted and Black’ is the celebratory, inspirational book the next generation (and previous generations) have been needing; especially as we need a bigger push for change to increase black representation and inclusivity across all fields. Families can marvel in the achievements of their ancestors through the beautiful illustrations and be inspired to delve further into obtaining their own brilliant goals by the narrative. Beginning with the infamous Mary Seacole in 1805, this book ventures through the years marking the celebrated and forgotten black figures in history who have been pioneers of their professions despite all the walls of prejudice being placed in their way. The names and lives of men and women who have formed the modern world jump from each page, every turn confronting the reader with more astounding people and their monumental accomplishments. The first ever black film director to win a golden globe sits beside the first African American to stage a public flight; writers, scientists, artists, athletes, musicians, activists and politicians dance across the book letting every child with a dream of any kind discover their new hero. “Young, Black and Gifted’ is a book that I believe everyone has to read, it is unfortunately one of very few books of its kind in the children’s book world and will inspire the next generations to fill the gaps as creators in all industries.