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B o o ksin_ _ _ _ _ _


Sole Authorship


Books for the Young Adult Audience


Diary of a Harlem Schoolteacher (Grove 1969; Stein & Day 1979)
Religions (Lippincott 1973); revised and reissued (Hippocrene 1991)
Adam Clayton Powell: Portrait of a Marching Black (Dial 1974; updated and reissued, Africa World
Press, 1992)
Always Movin' On: The Life of Langston Hughes (Watts 1976; updated and reissued, Africa World
Press, 1992)
The Life and Death of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Lothrop 1977); updated and reissued (Lothrop 1992)
The Cotton Club (Random House 1977; New American Library 1984; Hippocrene, 1994;
London: Robson, 1985; Paris: Editions Jade 1985) Inspiration for the film ofthe same name
Voodoo & Hoodoo: Their Tradition and Craft (Stein & Day 1978; Scarborough House 1990)
James Van DerZee: The Picture Takin' Man (Dodd, Mead 1979; Africa World Press 1991)
Magic: A Biography of Earvin Johnson (Enslow 1982; updated and reissued as Sports Star:
Magic Johnson, Enslow 1989)
Sugar Ray Leonard (Lothrop 1982; London: Robson 1989)
Richard Pryor: A Man and His Madness (Beaufort 1984)
About Michael Jackson (Enslow 1985)
Breakdancing (Lerner 1985)
The Statue of Liberty: America's Proud Lady (Lerner 1986)
Corazon Aquino: Leader of the Philippines (Enslow 1988)
Bill Cosby: America's Most Famous Father (Walker 1988)
Shirley Temple Black: Actress to Ambassador (Viking 1988)
Outward Dreams: Black Inventors and Their Inventions (Walker 1991)
Christopher Columbus: Admiral of the Ocean Sea (Scholastic 1991; French Canadian edition, Scholastic
Canada, 1992)
Ella Fitzgerald: A Life Through Jazz (Great Britain: New English Library 1991; Germany: Hannibal
1992; France: Filipacchi 1992; Japan: Ongaku no Tomo Sha 1993))
The Day Martin Luther King, Jr., Was Shot (Scholastic 1992)
One More River to Cross (Scholastic 1992)
Amazing Grace: The Story Behind the Song (Millbrook 1992)
Against All Opposition: Black Explorers in America (Walker 1992)
Colin Powell (Scholastic 1992)
Thurgood Marshall: A Life forJustice (Henry Holt 1992)
I Am Somebody! A Biography of Jesse Jackson (Enslow 1992)
Get on Board: The Story of the Underground Railroad (Scholastic 1992)
I Have a Dream: The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Millbrook 1992)
The Methodist Church (Hippocrene 1992)
The March on Washington (HarperCollins 1993) Carter G. Woodson A ward 1994
The Headless Haunt and Other African-American Ghost Stories (HarperCollins 1994)
The Scottsboro Boys (Henry Holt 1994)
Freedom Rides (Hyperion 1994)
Black Eagles: African Americans in Aviation (Scholastic 1995)
The Day They Fired on Fort Sumter (Scholastic 1995)
The Harlem Renaissance (Millbrook 1996) Carter G. Woodson Award 1997
Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam (Walker 1996)
Bayard Rustin: Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movement (Hyperion 1997)
Power to the People: The Rise and Fall of the Black Panther Party (Simon & Schuster 1997)


Books for the Adult Trade Audience

Diary of a Harlem Schoolteacher (Grove 1969; Stein & Day 1979)
Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback (Macmilland 1973)
Black Manifesto for Education, editor (Morrow 1973)
The Psychology of Black Language, with Hugh F. Butts, M.D. (Barnes & Noble 1973)
Snow Sculpture and Ice Carving (Macmillan 1974)
The Cotton Club (Random House 1977; New American Library 1984; London: Robson, 1985;
Paris: Editions Jade 1985) Inspiration for the film of the same name
The Great American Crazies, with Kathleen Benson and Ellen Inkelis (Condor 1977)
The Stevie Wonder Scrapbook, with Kathleen Benson (Grosset & Dunlap 1978)
Scott Joplin: The Man Who Made Ragtime, with Kathleen Benson (Doubleday 1978; London: Robson 1979;
Mexico: Angel Urazza 1979; Stein & Day 1980) ASCAP Deems Taylor Award 1979
Voodoo & Hoodoo: Their Tradition and Craft (Stein & Day 1978; Scarborough House 1990)
The Filipino Nation: A Concise History of the Philippines, editor (3 vols; Grolier 1982)
Lena: A Personal and Professional Biography of Lena Home, with Kathleen Benson (Stein & Day 1983;
Scarborough House 1991)
Bricktop, with Bricktop (Atheneum 1983) Named a Book-Across-the-Sea by the English-Speaking Union
Nat King Cole, with Kathleen Benson (Stein & Day 1984; Scarborough House 1990)
Richard Pryor: A Man and His Madness (Beaufort 1984)
Queen of the Blues: The Story of Dinah Washington (Morrow 1987)
Hippocrene Great Religions of the World, series editor: The Catholic Church by Barrie Ruth Straus, 1987;
The Baptists by J M Stifle, 1988; The Seventh-Day Adventists by Anne Devereaux Jordan, 1990; The
Methodist Church by James Haskins, 1992 ; The Episcopal Church by David Locke 1992
Mabel Mercer: A Life (Atheneum 1988)
Mr. Bojangles: The Biography of Bill Robinson, with N.R. Mitgang (Morrow 1988)
Hamp: An Autobiography, with Lionel Hampton (Warner 1989)
Sugar Ray Leonard (Robson Books, Ltd., 1989; upated 1990, 1991)
Scatman, with Helen Crothers (Morrow 1991)
Ella Fitzgerald: A Life Through Jazz (Great Britain: New English Library 1991; Germany: Hannibal 1992; France:
Filipacchi 1992; Japan: Ongaku no Tomo Sha 1993)


Resistance: Profiles in Nonviolence (Doubleday 1970)
The War and the Protest: Vietnam (Doubleday 1970)
Revolutionaries: Agents of Change (Lippincott 1971)
Profiles in Black Power (Doubleday 1972)
Religions (Lippincott 1973); revised and reissued (Hippocrene 1991)
From Lew Alcindor to Kareem Abdult Jabbar (Lothrop 1973); revised and reissued (Lothrop 1978)
Jokes From Black Folks (Doubleday 1973)
Ralph Bunche: A Most Reluctant Hero (Hawthorn 1974)
Adam Clayton Powell: Portrait of a Marching Black (Dial 1974; updated and reissued, Africa World Press, 1992)
Street Gangs: Yesterday and Today (Hastings House 1974)
Witchcraft, Mysticism & Magic in the Black World (Doubleday 1974)
Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron: The Home Run Kings (Lothrop 1974)
The Creoles of Color of New Orleans (Crowell 1975)
Fighung Shirley Chisholm (Dial 1975)
Dr. J: A Biography of Julius Erving (Doubleday 1975)
Your Rights: Past and Present (Hawthorn 1975)
The Story of Stevie Wonder (Lothrop 1976; London: Panther 1978) Coretta Scott King Award
Always Movin' On: The Life of Langston Hughes (Watts 1976; updated and reissued, Africa World Press 1992)
A New Kind of Joy: The Story of the Special Olympics (Doubleday 1976)
The Long Struggle: American Labor (Westminster 1976)
Teenage Alcoholism (Hawthorn 1976)
Pele: A Biography (Doubleday 1976)
The Life and Death of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Lothrop 1977)
Barbara Jordan (Dial 1977)
Who are the Handicapped? (Doubleday 1978)
Bob McAdoo, Superstar (Lothrop 1978)
George McGinnis: Basketball Superstar (Hastings House 1979)
James Van DerZee: The Picture Takin' Man (Dodd, Mead 1979; Africa World Press 1991)
Andrew Young: Man With a Mission (Lothrop 1979)
The Quiet Revolution: The Struggle for the Rights of Disabled Americans, with J M Stifle (Crowell 1979)
I'm Gonna Make You Love Me: The Story of Diana Ross (Dial 1980)
The Child Abuse Help Book, with Pat Connolly (Addison-Wesley 1982)
Magic: A Biography of Earvin Johnson (Enslow 1982; updated and reissued as Sports Star: Magic Johnson, Enslow
1989, 1992)
Sugar Ray Leonard (Lothrop 1982)
Katherine Dunham (Coward McCann 1982)
The Guardian Angels (Enslow 1982)
Black Theater in America (Crowell 1982)
Donna Summer, with J M Stifle (Atlantic Monthly 1983)
Black Music in America: A History Through its People (Harper & Row 1987) Carter G. Woodson Award 1988
Corazon Aquino: Leaders of the Philippines (Enslow 1988)
Winnie Mandela: Life of Struggle (Putnam 1988)
Bill Cosby: America's Most Famous Father (Walker 1988)
The Sixties Reader, with Kathleen Benson (Viking 1988)
India Under Indira and Rajiv Gandhi (Enslow 1989)
Black Dance in America (Harper & Row 1990) Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book 1991
Outward Dreams: Black Inventors and Their Inventions (Walker 1991)
Christopher Columbus: Admiral of the Ocean Sea (Scholastic 1991; French Canadian edition, Scholastic Canada 19S
The Day Martin Luther King, Jr., Was Shot (Scholastic 1992)
One More River to Cross (Scholastic 1992)
Amazing Grace: The Story Behind the Song (Millbrook 1992)
Against All Opposition: Black Explorers in America (Walker 1992)
Colin Powell (Scholastic 1992)
I Am Somebody! A Biography of Jesse Jackson (Enslow 1992)
Rosa Parks: My Story, with Rosa Parks (Dial 1992)
Thurgood Marshall: A Life for Justice (Henry Holt 1992)
Get on Board: The Story of the Underground Railroad (Scholastic 1992)
I Have a Dream: The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Millbrook 1992)
The March on Washington (HarperCollins 1993) Carter G. Woodson Award 1994
The Headless Haunt and Other African-American Ghost Stories (HarperCollins 1994)
The Scottsboro Boys (Henry Holt 1994)

Books for Children

Jobs in Business and Office (Lothrop 1974)
The Consumer Movement (Watts 1975)
The Picture Life of Malcolm X (Watts 1975)
Real Estate Careers (Watts 1978)
Gambling: Who Really Wins? (Watss 1979)
The New Americans: Vietnamese Boat People (Enslow 1980)
Werewolves (Watts 1981)
The New Americans: Cuban Boat People (Enslow 1982)
Space Challenger: The Story of Guion Bluford, with Kathleen Benson (Carolrhoda 1984)
About Michael Jackson (Enslow 1985)
Breakdancing (Lerner 1985)
diana Ross: Star Supreme (Viking 1985)
The Statue of Liberty: America's Proud Lady (Lerner 1986)
Count Your Way Through the Arab World/China/Japan/Russia (Carolrhoda 1987) Alabama Library Association
1988
Shirley Temple Black: Actress to Ambassador (Viking 1988)
Count Your Way Through Africa/Canada/Korea/Mexico (Carolrhoda 1989)
Count Your Way Through Germany/Italy (Carolrhoda 1990)


_________Book___Awards____Won by____Jim/James_____Haskins__


Coretta Scott King Award (1978) for The Story ofStevie Wonder
ASCAP Deems Taylor Award (1979) for Scott Joplin: The Man Who Made Ragtime
Alabama Library Association Award (1988) for Count Your Way Through the Arab World/China/Japan/Russia
Carter G. Woodson Award (1988) for Black Music in America: A History Through its People
Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book (1991) for Black Dance in America
Carter G. Woodson Award (1994) for The March on Washington
Washington Post Children's Book Guild Award (1994) for body of work in nonfiction for young people
Carter G. Woodson Award (1997) for The Harlem Renaissance
Coretta Scott King Award (1998) for Bayard Rustin: Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movement
Carter G. Woodson Award (1998) for IAmn Rosa Parks









Lmes Haskins:


Teacher e Social Activist


James S. Haskins (1941-2005) was raised in the segregated African
American community of Demopolis, Alabama. Born into a large family,
Jim used books as a way to find peace and to develop his imagination.
Ironically, he obtained his books from a white woman because as a young
negro he was not permitted to enter the library.

Haskins went to Alabama State College in the 1960s where he became
involved in the Civil Rights Movement, only to be dismissed for his
activism. However, his talent and passion for learning led him to
earn a full scholarship to Georgetown University where he earned an
undergraduate degree in psychology. Seeking to resolve his "unfinished
business in Montgomery", Haskins returned to Alabama State and earned
a Bachelor of Arts degree in history while continuing to participate in
civil rights protests. He earned his master's degree in social psychology at
the University of New Mexico.

Haskins continued his early legacy of activism through his writing. His
first book germinated from his experiences teaching special education
children at a New York City public school. "While I could not do much
about their home lives, I worried about my students constantly and
wondered what kind of future awaited them." A social worker gave him
a journal and suggested that he chronicle his thoughts about teaching
disadvantaged students, resulting in publication of the acclaimed Diary
of a Harlem Schoolteacher in 1969.

Jim Haskins joined
the University of
Florida faculty in
1977, where he was
an inspiration to his
students, colleagues
and the Gainesville
community. He
0 I maintained a
dignity and quiet
intelligence which
was noted and
respected by all
who knew him. An
intensely private
man who did not


believe his own life to be of any great importance, Haskins dedicated
himself to educating humanity about the African American experience.
"I like the combination of teaching and writing. There is nothing more
exciting than to see a young person's eyes light up in recognition or
understanding." He was a well-loved English professor, and did not shy
away from discussing provocative issues in his children's literature and
composition classes. Haskins delighted in discovering talent and passion
for learning in his students and mentored them long after they left his
classes, helping them successfully transition into the workplace and the
world. As Nikki Giovanni said of Haskins in her recent speech here at the
university, "he was just always there."

Primarily known for his popular books, Diary of a Harlem Schoolteacher
and The Cotton Club, the award winning Haskins wrote over 160 books
on diverse topics. Many of his books are non-fiction works for children,
and many are biographies of famous African Americans such as Rosa
Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., and Ella Fitzgerald.


Sources of Quotes:
Haskins, Jim. "James S. Haskins." Something About the Author. Vol. 132. Detroit: Gale, 2002. 91-101.
Giovanni, Nikki. 25th Annual MLK Speaker: Nikki Giovanni, An Evening of Poetry, Love and
Enlightenment. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, University of Florida, Gainesville. 20 January 2011.


"Looking back on my life and writing career, I realize how many
changes I have witnessed. The greatest change, of course, is in the
legal rights of African Americans. Racism is hardly history...but the
difference between the American society into which I was born and that
in which I live and work today is astonishing." Jim Haskins, 2002


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www.uflib.ufl.eduMaterials from the James Haskins Collection are housed in the Department of Special and Area Studies at the George A. Smathers Libraries. Haskins (1941-2005) was a proli c author as well as a professor in the UF English Department, where he specialized in children’s literature. His publications include over 160 books written for adults and young people, focusing on black history and biography.



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James Haskins:Author, Teacher & Social ActivistJames S. Haskins (1941-2005) was raised in the segregated African American community of Demopolis, Alabama. Born into a large family, Jim used books as a way to nd peace and to develop his imagination. Ironically, he obtained his books from a white woman because as a young negro he was not permitted to enter the library. Haskins went to Alabama State College in the 1960s where he became involved in the Civil Rights Movement, only to be dismissed for his activism. However, his talent and passion for learning led him to earn a full scholarship to Georgetown University where he earned an undergraduate degree in psychology. Seeking to resolve his un nished business in MontgomeryŽ, Haskins returned to Alabama State and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history while continuing to participate in civil rights protests. He earned his masters degree in social psychology at the University of New Mexico. Haskins continued his early legacy of activism through his writing. His rst book germinated from his experiences teaching special education children at a New York City public school. While I could not do much about their home lives, I worried about my students constantly and wondered what kind of future awaited them.Ž A social worker gave him a journal and suggested that he chronicle his thoughts about teaching disadvantaged students, resulting in publication of the acclaimed Diary of a Harlem Schoolteacher in 1969. Jim Haskins joined the University of Florida faculty in 1977, where he was an inspiration to his students, colleagues and the Gainesville community. He maintained a dignity and quiet intelligence which was noted and respected by all who knew him. An intensely private man who did not believe his own life to be of any great importance, Haskins dedicated himself to educating humanity about the African American experience. I like the combination of teaching and writing. ere is nothing more exciting than to see a young persons eyes light up in recognition or understanding.Ž He was a well-loved English professor, and did not shy away from discussing provocative issues in his childrens literature and composition classes. Haskins delighted in discovering talent and passion for learning in his students and mentored them long a er they le his classes, helping them successfully transition into the workplace and the world. As Nikki Giovanni said of Haskins in her recent speech here at the university, he was just always there.Ž Primarily known for his popular books, Diary of a Harlem Schoolteacher and e Cotton Club the award winning Haskins wrote over 160 books on diverse topics. Many of his books are nonction works for children, and many are biographies of famous African Americans such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., and Ella Fitzgerald. Sources of Quotes: Haskins, Jim. James S. Haskins.Ž Something About the Author. Vol. 132. Detroit: Gale, 2002. 91-101. Giovanni, Nikki. 25th Annual MLK Speaker: Nikki Giovanni, An Evening of Poetry, Love and Enlightenment. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, University of Florida, Gainesville. 20 January 2011. Looking back on my life and writing career, I realize how many changes I have witnessed. e greatest change, of course, is in the legal rights of African Americans. Racism is hardly historyƒbut the di erence between the American society into which I was born and that in which I live and work today is astonishing.Ž Jim Haskins, 2002



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Books in Print by Jim/James Haskins Book Awards Won by Jim/James Haskins Coretta Scott King Award (1978) for The Story of Stevie Wonder ASCAP Deems Taylor Award (1979) for Scott Joplin: The Man Who Made Ragtime Alabama Library Association Award (1988) for Count Your Way Through the Arab World/China/Japan/Russia Carter G. Woodson Award (1988) for Black Music in America: A History Through its People Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book (1991) for Black Dance in America Carter G. Woodson Award (1994) for The March on Washington Washington Post Children’s Book Guild Award (1994) for body of work in non ction for young people Carter G. Woodson Award (1997) for The Harlem Renaissance Coretta Scott King Award (1998) for Bayard Rustin: Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movement Carter G. Woodson Award (1998) for I Am Rosa Parks