The Arts

A Celebration of Black Lives
A new book for kids ages 9 and up

By BAM Staff / June–August 2021
June 21st, 2021
Image of Shani Mahiri King
PHOTO: donielle nardi

Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter?, a new book for kids ages 9 and up by Shani Mahiri King ’95, follows on the heels of King’s 2019 children’s book Have I Ever Told You? Illustrated with bold, bright graphics by award-winning graphic designer Bobby C. Martin Jr., the book is a joyous celebration of important Black innovators in all endeavors from science and the arts to politics and sports. Toni Morrison, Louis Armstrong, Misty Copeland, Barack Obama, Serena Williams, and John Lewis are just a few of the 116 Black role models featured. A law professor at the University of Florida, King wrote the book for his nine-year-old daughter and six-year-old son. “I wrote this book for my children and for all children,” he says, “who need an inspirational voice grounded in their own history.


What do you think?
See what other readers are saying about this article and add your voice. 
Related Issue
June–August 2021