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A Treasury of African American Christmas Stories by Bettye Collier-Thomas

A Treasury of African American Christmas Stories

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A Treasury of African American Christmas Stories by Bettye Collier-Thomas
Oct 09, 2018 | 248 Pages
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“One of the greatest Christmas gifts ever was the one given on Christmas Day: to bid us free to become better human beings. There will be for quite some time the question of how well we have used that gift. Some have used it to keep others down; some have used it as an excuse for plunder and mayhem; some have used it as a basis for love and forgiveness. A Treasury of African American Christmas Stories gives us all the gift of engaging our hearts and minds in the true stories of Christmas.”
—Nikki Giovanni

“I remember when I first picked up Bettye Collier-Thomas’s lovely collection of African American Christmas stories over two decades ago. My daughter was seven at the time and the book was like a dream come true. Here was a veritable who’s who of Black writers, whose powerful stories and poems ran the gamut of literary expressions—from the tragic to the comic, fables to romance. A book for all seasons, these stories are bound to amuse, educate, and inspire all kids, from one to ninety-two.”
—Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams

Table Of Contents

Note to Readers


The Sermon in the Cradle
W. E. B. Du Bois

A Carol of Color
Mary Jenness

The Christmas Reunion Down at Martinsville
Augustus M. Hodges

The Children’s Christmas
Alice Ruth Moore Dunbar

Christmas Eve Story
Fanny Jackson Coppin

Mollie’s Best Christmas Gift
Mary E. Lee

A Christmas Story
Carrie Jane Thomas

Fannie May’s Christmas
Katherine Davis Tillman

Elsie’s Christmas
Salem Tutt Whitney

General Washington: A Christmas Story
Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins

The Autobiography of a Dollar Bill
Lelia Plummer

Mirama’s Christmas Test
Timothy Thomas Fortune

A Christmas Party That Prevented a Split in the Church
Margaret Black

Three Men and a Woman
Augustus M. Hodges

It Came to Pass: A Christmas Story
Bruce L. Reynolds

A Christmas Journey
Louis Lorenzo Redding

Uncle U.S. Santa Claus
James Conway Jackson

The Devil Spends Christmas Eve in Dixie
Andrew Dobson

One Christmas Eve
Langston Hughes

Santa Claus Is a White Man
John Henrik Clarke

Merry Christmas Eve
Adele Hamlin

White Christmas
Valena Minor Williams


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