Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills is a beautifully illustrated story on the life of Florence Mills. Written by Renee Watson and illustrated by Christian Robinson, this book illustrates the life of Florence Mills a performer and philanthropist during the Harlem Renaissance.
We learn through the author’s notes there are no known recordings of her songs or performances, which is sad. I’m in love with the Harlem Renaissance and would love to know more about her.
To be honest this led me into the Wikipedia rabbit hole over the weekend searching for every little known Harlem Renaissance artist l, writer, dancer, singer, musician I could find.
The author addresses race and racial discrimination, I would suggest taking the time with this book as it’s an essential part to learning about Florence’s life.
This story while lengthy, is a wonderful introduction to the Harlem Renaissance or for parents looking to introduce the discussion of race to their children in a way they can understand and discuss.
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Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.