Dear Benjamin Banneker

By Andrea Davis Pinkney; Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)
(Sandpiper, Paperback, 9780152018924, 32pp.)

Publication Date: September 1998

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Prebound

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Benjamin Banneker was born free when most blacks in this country were still enslaved. But it troubled him that not all blacks were free. An accomplished astronomer and mathematician, he decided to take a stand against slavery by writing to then-Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson. This is the story of their extraordinary correspondence.

About the Author

BRIAN PINKNEY is a celebrated picture-book illustrator who has won two Caldecott Honors. His many professional tributes also include the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and three Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honors. He has collaborated with his wife, author Andrea Davis Pinkney, on several picture books including Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra and Sleeping Cutie. The Pinkneys live in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For Dear Benjamin Banneker

"A nice introduction to a very important person in American history."—American Bookseller

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