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