Jim Haskins

From my viewpoint...

Misinformation has been disseminated via the Internet, print articles, and other sources as to my role in the controversy over whether the Statue of Liberty was originally a black woman. I have written one, 48-page book for children on the statue: The Statue of Liberty: America's Proud Lady (Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publishing Co., 1986). I have never written a book entitled The Journey of the Songhai People. I have also never stated that the statue was presented by the people of France to the people of the United States to honor the role of black soldiers in the Civil War.

In The Statue of Liberty: America's Proud Lady, I state that the impetus for the creation of the statue--and its presentation to the United States of America by the people of France--was the abolition of slavery in the United States. I further state that Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, the sculptor of the statue, used his mother as the model for the face, and that for the body he used as a model Emilie Baheux de Puysieux, a young woman who later became his wife. I state also that in the course of creating the statue, Bartholdi made changes in composition. At first, he had a torch in her left hand; later, he changed it to her right. At first, she was a very defiant figure; later, he made her more remote from the affairs of men. At first, she held a broken chain in her other hand, to symbolize the broken chains of bondage; later, Bartholdi decided she should hold a tablet, inscribed with the date of the Declaration of Independence, and that a fragment of chain would be on the ground, as if she had already thrown it there.

The Museum of the City of New York owns two early clay models of the statue. A photograph of the two models appears on page 20 of my book. Because the false information being disseminated states that these models prove that the original statue was black, the Museum has been inundated with inquiries for the past dozen years. The Museum has taken the following steps: The models are on permanent display in the Museum's Marine Gallery. They are also illustrated on the Museum's Web site--http://www.mcny.org. A special telephone extension for those who call states that the volume of inquiries has been enormous, and those who inquire are asked either to visit the Museum or its Web site to view the models.



 

Jim Haskins' Biographical Information

Jim Haskins is Professor of English at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and lives in New York City and Gainesville.

Author of more than 100 books for adults and young people, Haskins has won recognition for his work in both areas. In 1994, he was presented the Washington Post Children's Book Guild award for body of work in nonfiction for young people. Black Music in America and The March on Washington were selected for the Carter G. Woodson Award for young adult nonfiction in 1989 and 1994, respectively. His first, four-book Count Your Way series (Arab World, China, Japan, Russia) won the Alabama Library Association Award for best work for children in 1988; and The Story of Stevie Wonder won The Coretta Scott King Award in 1976. Awards and recognition of his books for the adult trade audience include the 1979 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing in the field of music for Scott Joplin: The Man Who Made Ragtime; the English-Speaking Union selected Bricktop, written with Bricktop, a Book-Across-the-Sea in 1983; and The Cotton Club was the inspiration for the motion picture of the same title in 1984.

Jim Haskins' latest books include Power to the People: The Rise and Fall of the Black Panther Party; Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam; Bayard Rustin: Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movement; Spike Lee: By Any Means Necessary; and I Am Rosa Parks, written with Rosa Parks.

Jim Haskins served as guest curator for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services (SITES) exhibition, The Jazz Age in Paris, which opened in Washington DC, in May 1997, and will travel nationally for several years. He is general editor of the Hippocrene African Language Dictionaries series and was general editor of Hippocrene's Great Religions of the World series and of The Filipino Nation, a three-volume work published by Grolier, Inc.

Formerly Vice Director, Southeast Region, of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., and member of the National Education Advisory Committee of the Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, he also served as a member of the Framework Development Committee of CIVITAS, a national civic education framework. Author of numerous articles, he also reviews books for the Gainesville Sun and other publications.

Teaching Awards

1994 Nominated for Outstanding Teacher Award, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Student Council

1992 Educator of the Year Award, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Gainesville chapter

1990 Teacher of the Year Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Council

1988 Finalist, Teacher of the Year Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Council

Research Grants

1979 Florida Endowment for the Humanities for a study of "The Changing Social Role of the Itinerant Black Preacher in the Rural Community"

Consulting, Writing Positions

1994-present -  Historical researcher, SITES (Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services) exhibition, "The Jazz Age in Paris"

1994 Consultant to the Cobblestone Magazine issue "Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement," February 1994

1994-present - Board of Advisors, Cobblestone Magazine

1992 Consultant to HarperCollins Publishers on multicultural English readings text

1992 Consultant to Virginia State University on its library holdings

1990 Consultant to Scott Foresman & Co. on 5th edition of the anthology Children and Books, edited by May Hill Arbuthnot and Zena Sutherland

1989 Consultant to Milliken Reading Series, Milliken Publishing Co., St. Louis, MO

1987-89 Member of Humanities Advisory Committee for the production of "Where Once We Stood: The Lincoln Normal Story" by the University of Alabama School of Communication, a project sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation

1980 Consultant to the Rehabilitation Services Administration, Department of Health and Welfare

1979-82 Consultant to Grolier International and general editor of multi-volume history of the Philippines

1979-80 Advisory board, New Wings Magazine, Novato, CA

Consultant and writer of a report on the SEEK Program for the City University of New York, Office of Student Affairs and Special Programs

Consultant and writer of three reports on the progress of the Committee on Minorities in Engineering for the National Research Council Assembly of Engineering

1976-79 Consultant to the Developmental Disabilities Office, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; writer of "... He Shall Lift Up His Head," a report on disabled Native Americans

1977-78 Member of the Telecommunications Committee, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare

Writer of "Who's Minding the Children?," a report on Ford Foundation-funded day care centers for the Ford Foundation

Other Consulting/Writing Positions

1976 Scott, Foresman & Co. on the 4th edition of the anthology Children and Books, edited by May Hill Arbuthnot and Zena Sutherland

1975-77 Consultant to Education Development Center, Newton, MA, and writer for Infinity Factory on NET-PBS

1971-72 Communications Patterns, San Francisco, CA

Singer Corporation, New York, NY

1971 Scholarship, Education, and Defense Fund for Racial Equality, New York, NY

1968-69 Abt Associates, Cambridge, MA

1966-72 Manpower Career Development Agency, New York, NY, 1966-72

Organizations and Community Service

Phi Beta Kappa

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity

1987-Present Board of Directors, St. Augustine Day Care Center, Gainesville, FL

1987-Present Board of Directors, Ritz Theater District, Jacksonville, FL,

1975-Present The Authors Guild

1988-91 National Education Advisory Committee, Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution

1989-91 Framework Development Committee, CIVITAS: A Framework for Civic Education

1987-90 Member, Africa Roundtable, Phelp-Stokes Fund

1985-86 Vice-Director, Southeast Region, and member National Education Advisory Committee for the Bicentennial of the Statue of Liberty

Other Organizations and Community Service

1975-79 National Book Critics Circle

1974-76 Board of Directors, The Speedwell Services for Children, New York, NY

1973-75 100 Black Men 1973-75

1973-75 Manhattan Advisory Board, New York Urban League

1972-73 Manhattan Community Board No. 9

1971-72 Board of Advisors and Consultant, Psi Systems lecture and seminar bureau, New York, NY

1970-77 Director, Union Mutual Life, Health, and Accident Insurance Co., Philadelphia

Writing Awards and Other Recognition, 1990-1994

Washington Post Children's Book Guild award for body of work in nonfiction for young people, 1994

Work is being collected by the International Museum of Peace and Solidarity, Republic of Uzbekistan.

The March on Washington (HarperCollins 1993) selected for the Carter G. Woodson Award for young adult nonfiction, 1994: as a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies for 1994; by the New York Public Library for inclusion in its best books list of 1993 Books for the Teen Age

Thurgood Marshall: A Life for Justice (Henry Holt, 1993) selected as a secondary Carter G. Woodson Merit Book for 1993; chosen by the New York Public Library for inclusion in its best books list of 1993 Books for the Teen Age

Get On Board: The Story of the Underground Railroad (Scholastic 1993) selected as a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies for 1994; chosen by the New York Public Library for inclusion in its best books list of 1993 Books for the Teen Age; named a Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies, 1992, by the Children's Book Council

Rosa Parks: My Story, written with Rosa Parks (Dial 1992), selected for the 1993 Hungry Mind Review Children's Books of Distinction List; selected as one of the twenty South Carolina Junior Book Award Nominees for 1993-1994; selected by the American Library Association Notable Children's Book for 1993, A Young Adult Library Services Association Recommended Book for Reluctant Young Readers, a Young Adult Library Services Association Best Book for Young Adults; chosen for the Spring 1992 American Booksellers Association "Pick of the Lists."

I Have a Dream: The Life and Words of Martin Luther King, Jr., named Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies, 1992, by the Children's Book Council.

The Day Martin Luther King, Jr., Was Shot (Scholastic 1992) chosen for the Spring 1992 American Booksellers Association "Pick of the Lists."

One More River to Cross (Scholastic 1992) chosen for the Spring 1992 American Booksellers Association "Pick of the Lists."

Outward Dreams: Black Inventors and Their Inventions (Walker Books, 1991) selected as a secondary Carter G. Woodson Merit Book for 1992

Black Dance in America named a Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book, 1991; chosen for the New York Public Library's 1991 Adult Services Division "Best Books for Young Adults" list; named a Children's Book of the Year, 1991, by the Child Study Children's Book Committee

Articles and Other Writings, 1990-1994

"The Statue of Liberty: An All American Vision," Dhaka Morning Sun, July 4, 1994, pp. 1+

"Timely Leader" in Cobblestone Magazine issue, "Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement," February 1994, pp. 2-9.

Entries on African Americans: 1877-1945 (pp. 22-24); Ralph Bunche (pp. 115-16); Shirley Chisholm (p. 146); Jesse Jackson (pp. 439-440); Martin Luther King, Jr. (pp. 472-74); Colin Powell (p. 656); and Racism (pp. 684-87) in John A. Garraty, ed., The Young Reader's Companion to American History, New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1994

Entries on Thurgood Marshall and Malcolm X in The New Book of Knowledge, 1994 edition, Grolier Inc.

Entry in Books Change Lives: Quotes to Treasure, Booklist Publications, 1994, p. 18

Introduction to Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson, illustrations by Elizabeth Catlett (Walker 1993)

Article "Working With Rosa Parks," Book Links, January 1992, p. 14.

Review of Franklin, Jimmie Lewis, Back to Birmingham: Richard Arrington, Jr., and His Times, Florida Historical Quarterly, January 1991, pp. 388-90.

Olney, James, ed. Afro-American Writing Today: An Anniversary Issue of the Southern Review in Florida Historical Quarterly, July 1990, pp. 117-18

Agard, John, The Calypso Alphabet in Children's Book Review Service, January 1990.

Selected Excerpts from Adaptations of/Citations from Published Books

Work cited in the 4th edition of Nilsen and Donelson, Literature for Today's Young Adults (New York: HarperCollins, 1993), pp. 123, 287-89.

Photographs from personal collection included in the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service exhibition Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington.

Scott Joplin: The Man Who Made Ragtime excerpted in the revised edition of Texas, Our Texas, a sixth-grade reader, published in 1993 by Holt, Rinehart & Winston (p. 494).

Chapter on the Harlem Unit of the WPA Federal Theater Program from Black Theater in America (HarperCollins 1982) excerpted in GED: Literature and the Arts by Elizabeth Romanek (Chicago: Contemporary Books, Inc., 1992, pp. 229-230).

Chapter titled "The Real McCoy" in Outward Dreams: Black Inventors and Their Inventions (Walker 1991, pp. 40-45) excerpted on audiotape in the McDougal, Littell Literature and Language series, Grade level 6, 1994.

Classroom edition of Space Challenger An Authorized Biography of Guion Bluford (Carolrhoda 1984) issued by Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich as part of its HBJ Treasury of Literature.

The Story of Stevie Wonder (Lothrop 1977) and Colin Powell (Scholastic 1992) excerpted in Discover: Skills for Life (Educational Assessment Publishing Co., 1993, pp. 18, 106-08).

Rosa Parks: My Story broadcast on "The Young Radio Reader," South Carolina Educational Radio.

Scott Joplin: The Man Who Made Ragtime (Stein & Day 1980) excerpted in the Holt, Rinehart & Winston, Inc., textbook series Texas, Our Texas, Grades 10-11 (1992).

Ralph Bunche: A Most Reluctant Hero (Hawthorn 1974) excerpted in Roswell and Chall, Diagnostic Assessments of Reading with Teaching Strategies, Riverside Publishing Co., 1991.

The Story of Stevie Wonder (Lothrop 1977) excerpted in Language Arts Today, Macmilland 1990, pp. 258-65.

Selected Recent Bio-Bibliographical References

Artist and Influence, 1992, Vol. XI, pp. 77-92. Hatch-Billops Collection.

International Authors and Writers Who's Who, 1992

Subject of feature article, "Rivers to Cross" by Jeannie Marendt DeSena in The Gainesville Sun, February 17, 1992.

"A Conversation with Jim Haskins," Arrow, February 1992, p. 4.

Who's Who in America, 46th edition, 1991

Who's Who in the East, 23rd edition, 1991

Who's Who in the South and Southwest, 1991

Who's Who Among Black Americans , 1990-91 edition

Sixth Book of Junior Authors and Illustrators, 1989

Something About the Author Autobiography Series, Vol. 4, 1989

Selected Guest Appearances 1990-1994

"Conversations with Myself," Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA, August 14, 1994

"Hollywood Life" panel, BookFest of the Palm Beaches, Palm Beach, FL, April 21, 1994

"Desegregation: Where We've Been, Where We Are Now, Where We're Going" at National School Boards Association annual convention, New Orleans, LA , April 10, 1994

Guest speaker, Florida Celebration, March 23, 1994

"Conversations with Myself," Kappa Alpha Psi banquet, March 22, 1994

"Writing Biography" at Miami International Book Fair, November 19-21, 1993

Langston Hughes Lecture Series on the Arts, Community Outreach Arts Foundation, Annapolis, Maryland, July 18, 1993

"Writing Biography" at Brunswick College, Brunswick, Georgia, May 23, 1993

"Writing for Children" at Special Pages bookstore, Ocala, Florida, April 14, 1993

"Writing Biography" at Florida First Coast Writers Festival, Jacksonville, Florida, April 2-3, 1993

"Researching and Writing Biographies" at Camden Middle School, Kingsland, Georgia, March 19, 1993

RIF (Reading is Fundamental) program, three schools in Chicago, IL , May 22, 1992

Seminar on Writing for Young People, Virginia State University, March 22, 1992

Panel on Children and Books, American Library Association Convention, July 2, 1991

"Biography as Role Modeling" at Valencia Community College, Orlando, FL, February 22, 1991

"Writing Biography" at Gary, Indiana, Public Library Second Annual Scholarship benefit, November 11, 1990

"Urban Education" at Teach for America Summer Institute, University of Southern California, August 9, 1990

"Racism and Sexism in Children's Nonfiction" at Around the World Children's Book Conference, St. Louis, MO, May 18-19, 1990

"Writing Biography" at Guilford Technical Community College, North Carolina, April 19, 1990

"The Cotton Club: The Book/The Film" at "A Con/Fusion of Light: Conflict and Unification in Black Literature, Language, and Self," Radford University, Radford, VA, March 30-April 1, 1990.

"Writing Biography" at Woodland Middle School, East Point, GA, March 7, 1990

"Writing Biography" at Clearwater Public LIbrary (two branches), February 5, 1990

Books in Print by Jim/James Haskins

Sole Authorship

Diary of a Harlem Schoolteacher (Grove 1969; Stein & Day 1979)

Religions (Lippincott 1973); revised and reissued (Hippocrene 199 1)

Adam Clayton Powell: Portrait of a Marching Black (Dial 1974; updated and reissued, Africa World Press, 1992)

Always Movin' On: The Life of Langston Hughes (Watts 1976; updated and reissued, Africa World Press, 1992)

The Life and Death of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Lothrop 1977); updated and reissued (Lothrop 1992)

The Cotton Club (Random House 1977; New American Library 1984; Hippocrene, 1994; London: Robson, 1985, Paris: Editions Jade 1985) Inspiration for the film of the same name

Voodoo & Hoodoo: Their Tradition and Craft (Stein & Day 1978; Scarborough House 1990)

James Van DerZee: The Picture Takin' Man (Dodd, Mead 1979; Africa World Press 1991)

Magic: A Biography of Earvin Johnson (Enslow 1982; updated and reissued as Sports Star: Magic Johnson, Enslow 1989)

Sugar Ray Leonard (Lothrop 1982; London: Robson 1989)

Richard Pryor: A Man and His Madness (Beaufort 1984)

About Michael Jackson (Enslow 1985)

Breakdancing (Lerner 1985)

The Statue of Liberty: America's Proud Lady (Lerner 1986)

Corazon Aquino: Leader of the Philippines (Enslow 1988)

Bill Cosby: America's Most Famous Father (Walker 1988)

Shirley Temple Black: Actress to Ambassador (Viking 1988)

Outward Dreams: Black Inventors and their Inventions (Walker 1991)

Christopher Columbus: Admiral of the Ocean Sea (Scholastic 199 1; French Canadian edition, Scholastic Canada,1992)

Ella Fitzgerald: A Life Through Jazz (Great Britain: New English Library 199 1; Germany: Hannibal 1992; France: Filipacchi 1992; Japan: Ongaku no Tomo Sha 1993)

The Day Martin Luther King, Jr., Was Shot (Scholastic 1992)

One More River to Cross (Scholastic 1992)

Amazing Grace: The Story Behind the Song (Millbrook 1992)

Against All Opposition: Black Explorers in America (Walker 1992)

Colin Powell (Scholastic 1992)

Thurgood Marshall: A Life for Justice (Henry Holt 1992)

I Am Somebody! A Biography of Jesse Jackson (Enslow 1992)

Get on Board: The Story of the Underground Railroad (Scholastic 1992)

I Have a Dream: The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Millbrook 1992)

The Methodist Church (Hippocrene 1992)

The March on Washington (HarperCollins 1993) Carter G. Woodson Award 1994

The Headless Haunt and Other African-American Ghost Stories (HarperCollins 1994)

The Scottsboro Boys (Henry Holt 1994)

Freedom Rides (Hyperion 1994)

Black Eagles: African Americans in Aviation (Scholastic 1995)

The Day They Fired on Fort Sumter (Scholastic 1995)

The Harlem Renaissance (Millbrook 1996) Carter G. Woodson Award 1997

Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam (Walker 1996)

Bayard Rustin: Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movement (Hyperion 1997)

Power to the People: The Rise and Fall of the Black Panther Party (Simon & Schuster 1997)

Spike Lee: By Any Means Necessary (Walker 1997) Series

Series

Black Theater in America (Crowell 1982)

Black Music in America: A History Through its People (Harper & Row 198 7) Carter G. Woodson Award 1988

Black Dance in America (Harper & Row 1990) Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book 1991

Count Your Way Through the Arab World/China/Japan/Russia (Carolrhoda Books, 1987) Alabama Library Association Award 1988

Count Your Way Through Africa/Canada/Korea/Mexico (Carolrhoda Books, 1989)

Count Your Way Through Germany/Italy (Carolrhoda Books 1990)

Count Your Way Through India/Israel (Carolrhoda Books 1991)

BLACK STARS BIOGRAPHY SERIES (Five-book series) (John Wiley & Sons, 1998 +):
    African American Entrepeneurs Jim Haskins, 1998
    African American Inventors  Otha Richard Sullivan, 1998 (edited by Jim Haskins)
    African American Military Heroes Jim Haskins, 1998

Editorships

The Filipino Nation: A Concise History of the Philippines (3 vols.; Grolier 1982)

Hippocrene Great Religions of the World:
                            The Catholic Church by Barrie Ruth Straus, 1987

The Baptists by J M Stifle and Anne Devereaux Jordan, 1988
The Seventh-Day Adventists by Anne Devereaux Jordan, 1990
The Episcopal Church by David Locke, 1992
The Mormoms by Roger Thompson, 1993

Hippocrene African Language Concise Dictionaries, series editor:

Haitian Creole Concise Dictionary by Dr. Channant Theodore, 1997
Twi-English Concise Dictionary by Dr. Paul Kotey, 1997
Yoruba-English Concise Dictionary by Dr. Olabiyi Yai, 1997

Co-Authorships

The Psychology of Black Language, with Hugh F. Butts, M.D. (Barnes & Noble 1973); updated and reissued (Hippocrene, 1993)

Scott Joplin: The Man Who Made Ragtime, with Kathleen Benson (Doubleday 1978; London: Robson 1979; Mexico: Angel Urraza 1979; Stein & Day 1980) ASCAP Deems Taylor Award 1979

Lena: A Personal and Professional Biography of Lena Horne, with Kathleen Benson (Stein & Day 1983; Scarborough House 1991)

Space Challenger: The Story of Guion Bluford, with Kathleen Benson (Carolrhoda 1984)

Nat King Cole, with Kathleen Benson (Stein & Day 1984; Scarborough House 1990)

Double Dutch, with David Walker (Enslow 1985)

The Sixties Reader, with Kathleen Benson (Viking 1988)

Hamp: An Autobiography, with Lionel Hampton (Warner 1989)

Rosa Parks: My Story, with Rosa Parks (Dial 1992)

Hippocrene Guide to the Historic Black South, with Joann Biondi (I 993)

Hippocrene Guide to Black New York, with Joann Biondi (1994)

From Afar to Zulu: A Dictionary of African Cultures, with Joann Biondi (Walker 1995)

Count Your Way Through Brazil/France/Greece/Ireland, with Kathleen Benson (Carolrhoda 1996)

I Am Rosa Parks, with Rosa Parks (Dial 1997)

Books for the Adult Trade Audience

Diary of a Harlem Schoolteacher (Grove 1969; Stein & Day 1979)

Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback (Macmilland 1973)

Black Manifesto for Education, editor (Morrow 1973)

The Psychology of Black Language, with Hugh F. Butts, M.D. (Barnes & Noble 1973)

Snow Sculpture and Ice Carving (Macmillan 1974)

The Cotton Club (Random House 1977; New American Library 1984; London: Robson, 1985, Paris: Editions Jade 1985) Inspiration for the film of the same name

The Great American Crazies, with Kathleen Benson and Ellen Inkelis (Condor 1977)

The Stevie Wonder Scrapbook, with Kathleen Benson (Grosset & Dunlap 1978)

Scott Joplin: The Man Who Made Ragtime, with Kathleen Benson (Doubleday 1978; London: Robson 1979; Mexico: Angel Urazza 1979; Stein & Day 1980) ASCAP Deems Taylor Award 1979

Voodoo & Hoodoo: Their Tradition and Craft (Stein & Day 1978; Scarborough House 1990)

The Filipino Nation: A Concise History of the Philippines, editor (3 vols; Grolier 1982)

Lena: A Personal and Professional Biography of Lena Horne, with Kathleen Benson (Stein & Day 1983; Scarborough House 1991)

Bricktop, with Bricktop (Atheneum 1983) Named a Book-Across-the-Sea by the English-Speaking Union

Nat King Cole, with Kathleen Benson (Stein & Day 1984; Scarborough House 1990)

Richard Pryor: A Man and His Madness (Beaufort 1984)

Queen of the Blues: The Story of Dinah Washington (Morrow 1987)

Hippocrene Great Religions of the World, series editor: The Catholic Church by Barrie Ruth Straus, 1987; The Baptists by J M Stifle, 1988; The Seventh-Day Adventists by Anne Devereaux Jordan, 1990; The Methodist Church by James Haskins, 1992 ; The Episcopal Church by David Locke, 1992

Mabel Mercer: A Life (Atheneum 1988)

Mr. Bojangles: The Biography of Bill Robinson, with N.R. Mitgang (Morrow 1988)

Hamp: An Autobiography, with Lionel Hampton (Warner 1989)

Sugar Ray Leonard (Robson Books, Ltd., 1989; upated 1990, 1991)

Scatman, with Helen Crothers (Morrow 1991)

Ella Fitzgerald: A Life Through Jazz (Great Britain: New English Library 199 1; Germany: Hannibal 1992; France: Filipacchi 1992; Japan: Ongaku no Tomo Sha 1993)

Books for the Young Adult Audience

Resistance: Profiles in Nonviolence (Doubleday 1970)

The War and the Protest: Vietnam (Doubleday 1970)

Revolutionaries: Agents of Change (Lippincott 1971)

Profiles in Black Power (Doubleday 1972)

Religions (Lippincott 1973); revised and reissued (Hippocrene 1991)

From Lew Alcindor to Kareem Abdul Jabbar (Lothrop 1973); revised and reissued (Lothrop 1978)

Jokes From Black Folks (Doubleday 1973)

Ralph Bunche: A Most Reluctant Hero (Hawthorn 1974)

Adam Clayton Powell: Portrait of a Marching Black (Dial 1974; updated and reissued, Africa World Press, 1992)

Street Gangs: Yesterday and Today (Hastings House 1974)

Witchcraft, Mysticism & Magic in the Black World (Doubleday 1974)

Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron: The Home Run Kings (Lothrop 1974)

The Creoles of Color of New Orleans (Crowell 1975)

Fighting Shirley Chisholm (Dial 1975)

Dr. J: A Biography of Julius Erving (Doubleday 1975)

Your Rights: Past and Present (Hawthorn 1975)

The Story of Stevie Wonder (Lothrop 1976; London: Panther 1978) Coretta Scott King Award

Always Movin' On: The Life of Langston Hughes (Watts 1976; updated and reissued, Africa World Press 1992)

A New Kind of Joy: The Story of the Special Olympics (Doubleday 1976)

The Long Struggle: American Labor (Westminster 1976)

Teenage Alcoholism (Hawthorn 1976)

Pele: A Biography (Doubleday 1976)

The Life and Death of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Lothrop 1977)

Barbara Jordan (Dial 1977)

Who are the Handicapped? (Doubleday 1978)

Bob McAdoo, Superstar (Lothrop 1978)

George McGinnis: Basketball Superstar (Hastings House 1979)

James Van DerZee: The Picture Takin' Man (Dodd, Mead 1979; Africa World Press 1991)

Andrew Young: Man With a Mission (Lothrop 1979)

The Quiet Revolution: The Struggle for the Rights of Disabled Americans, with J M Stifle (Crowell 1979)

I'm Gonna Make You Love Me: The Story of Diana Ross (Dial 1980)

The Child Abuse Help Book, with Pat Connolly (Addison-Wesley 1982)

Magic: A Biography of Earvin Johnson (Enslow 1982; updated and reissued as Sports Star: Magic Johnson, Enslow 1989, 1992)

Sugar Ray Leonard (Lothrop 1982)

Katherine Dunham (Coward McCann 1982)

The Guardian Angels (Enslow 1982)

Black Theater in America (Crowell 1982)

Donna Summer, with J M Stifle (Atlantic Monthly 1983)

Black Music in America: A History Through its People (Harper & Row 1987) Carter G. Woodson Award 1988

Corazon Aquino: Leader of the Philippines (Enslow 1988)

Winnie Mandela: Life of Struggle (Putnam 1988)

Bill Cosby: America's Most Famous Father (Walker 1988)

The Sixties Reader, with Kathleen Benson (Viking 1988)

India Under Indira and Rajiv Gandhi (Enslow 1989)

Black Dance in America (Harper & Row 1990) Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book 1991

Outward Dreams: Black Inventors and Their Inventions (Walker 1991)

Christopher Columbus: Admiral of the Ocean Sea (Scholastic 1991; French Canadian edition, Scholastic Canada 1992)

The Day Martin Luther King, Jr., Was Shot (Scholastic 1992)

One More River to Cross (Scholastic 1992)

Amazing Grace: The Story Behind the Song (Millbrook 1992)

Against All Opposition: Black Explorers in America (Walker 1992)

Colin Powell (Scholastic 1992)

I Am Somebody! A Biography of Jesse Jackson (Enslow 1992)

Rosa Parks: My Story, with Rosa Parks (Dial 1992)

Thurgood Marshall: A Life for Justice (Henry Holt 1992)

Get on Board: The Story of the Underground Railroad (Scholastic 1992)

I Have a Dream: The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Millbrook 1992)

The March on Washington (HarperCollins 1993) Carter G. Woodson Award 1994

The Headless Haunt and Other African-American Ghost Stories (HarperCollins 1994)

The Scottsboro Boys (Henry Holt 1994)

Books for Children

Jobs in Business and Office (Lothrop 1974)

The Consumer Movement (Watts 1975)

The Picture Life of Malcolm X (Watts 1975)

Real Estate Careers (Watts 1978)

Gambling: Who Really Wins? (Watts 1979)

The New Americans: Vietnamese Boat People (Enslow 1980)

Werewolves (Watts 1981)

The New Americans: Cuban Boat People (Enslow 1982)

Space Challenger: The Story of Guion Bluford, with Kathleen Benson (Carolrhoda 1984)

About Michael Jackson (Enslow 1985)

Breakdancing (Lerner 1985)

Diana Ross: Star Supreme (Viking 1985)

The Statue of Liberty: America's Proud Lady (Lerner 1986)

Count Your Way Through the Arab World/China/Japan/Russia (Carolrhoda 1987) Alabama Library Association, 1988

Shirley Temple Black: Actress to Ambassador (Viking 1988)

Count Your Way Through Africa/Canada/Korea/Mexico (Carolrhoda 1989)

Count Your Way Through Germany/Italy (Carolrhoda 1990)