Husband and wife team, Andrea and Brain Pinkney, have colloborated to record the remarkable life of this free-born African American, a self-taught astronomer, author of an almanac and surveying of our nation's capital. Living at a time when most Blacks were enslaved, Benjamin Banneker spoke out against injustice. Excerpts from his letter to Thomas Jefferson, to that effect, are included in this book. A paperback picture book for children 7 years and up and all adults who value Black history - a must have!
"Benjamin Banneker was born free when most blacks were still enslaved. A self-taught mathematician and astronomer, he was the author of the first published almanac written by a black man. Throughout his life Bannecker was troubled that all blacks were not free. So, in 1791, he sent a letter to Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson. Here is the extraordinary correspondence between the two men." - publisher