The Jewish Book Council honors the winners of the 2019 National Jewish Book Awards, now in its sixty-ninth year. Among this year’s winners is author David E. Lowe, award the second annual Biography Award in memory of Sara Berenson Stone for … Continue reading Morris B. Abram Biography Honored by National Jewish Book Awards
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we are sharing a few books that highlight the Civil Rights movement in America and across the world. You can find more Civil Rights titles here. Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus: … Continue reading Reading List: Civil Rights
The following excerpt comes from Before Jackie Robinson: The Transcendent Role of Black Sporting Pioneers by Gerald R. Gems (February 2017). From Chapter 3: When Great Wasn’t Good Enough Sam Ransom’s Journey from Athlete to Activist The Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, … Continue reading Excerpt: Before Jackie Robinson
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, this list of books highlights the Civil Rights movement in America. The Struggle in Black and Brown: African American and Mexican American Relations during the Civil Rights Era Edited and with … Continue reading Reading List: Civil Rights in America
On Friday, June 3, America lost one of its most prolific black athletes. Muhammad Ali was a heavyweight champion, controversial Civil Rights icon, The Greatest. Over the years, UNP has published a number of books that highlight the legacy of the man who taught … Continue reading Reading List: Muhammad Ali
The following is an excerpt from Murrow’s Cold War (May 2016) by Gregory M. Tomlin. In March 1961 America’s most prominent journalist, Edward R. Murrow, ended a quarter-century career with the Columbia Broadcasting System to join the administration of John F. Kennedy … Continue reading EXCERPT: Murrow’s Cold War
The month of March commemorates women’s significant contributions to history. Here are some of UNP’s favorite books celebrating women. Westerns: A Women’s History by Victoria Lamont (August 2016) The Blue Tattoo by Margo Mifflin Fuchsia by Mahtem Shifferraw … Continue reading Reading List: Women’s History Month
Read the Prologue from The Rhythm Boys of Omaha Central: High School Basketball at the '68 Racial Divide by Steve Marantz:
"In March 1968, two high school basketball teams played for the Nebraska state championship, a contest with decades of wholesome tradition. But this game was different.
A few days earlier former Alabama governor George C. Wallace had come to Omaha to campaign for president. He brought the Deep South—“segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever” and the jackboots of Selma—and set it down two blocks from Omaha Central High School. His searing rhetoric scalded the sensibilities of many, including eighteen-year-old Dwaine Dillard, Central’s African American basketball superstar.
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