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Children's Book Tackles African-American History, From The Slave Trade To Black Lives Matter10:30
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A Child's Introduction To African American History, by Jabari Asim. Illustrated by Lynn Gaines. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)MoreCloseclosemore
A Child's Introduction To African American History, by Jabari Asim. Illustrated by Lynn Gaines. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

When we teach kids history, there's a tension between wanting them to understand the world and wanting to shield them from the violence and the complexity that has shaped it.

Jabari Asim took on the challenge of telling complete stories that are still accessible for kids with his new picture book, "A Children's Guide To African American History: The Experiences, People, and Events That Shaped Our Country."

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Jabari Asim, author of "A Children's Guide To African American History: The Experiences, People, and Events That Shaped Our Country" and associate professor of writing, literature and publishing at Emerson College. He's former executive editor of The Crisis, the magazine of the NAACP. He tweets @jabariasim.

This segment aired on January 26, 2018.

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