Celebrate Black History Month with the works of
NY1 News anchor and well-known author Cheryl Wills!
Emancipated, My Family’s Fight for Freedom
This young adult memoir for grades 7-12 tells the tragic story of Cheryl Wills’ beloved father’s untimely death and how it affected her as a young girl. When she later discovered that her great-great-great grandfather, Sandy Wills, was an illiterate runaway slave who joined the fight for freedom during the Civil War, she Embarked on a heart-wrenching search to learn more about him and his intrepid wife, Emma.
The Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills
This picture book for grades 2-6 traces Cheryl Wills’ ancestors from modern-day New York City to 19th-century slave plantations in Tennessee.
Parent Guide, Exploring Your Family Roots
This guide provides an overview of the values & practices of genealogy—the study of a family’s history. Through the suggested activities & resources in these pages, parents can help their children understand where they came from by connecting not just with living relatives but also those who have passed decades or even centuries ago.
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