In this illustrated biography from the Leaders Like Us series, children learn about the life and accomplishments of an important African American leader in business, O.W. Gurley. It features a glossary, text-dependent questions, and an extension activity to develop reading comprehension skills.
Who was O.W. Gurley? Learn more about one of the most influential African American businessmen in the Leaders Like Us book O.W. Gurley. This kid's book teaches your child about the life of the founder of Black Wall Street. The biography features a glossary, text-dependent questions, and an extension activity to develop reading comprehension skills. Rourke proudly publishes respectful and relevant non-fiction and fiction titles that represent our diverse readers, and are designed to support reading on a level that has no limits!
"Four attractively illustrated volumes explore the careers of extraordinary, but little-known Black leaders. Cathy Hughes founded a chain of radio stations aimed at Black audiences, Frederick O'Neal was instrumental in theater during the Harlem Renaissance, Georgia Gilmore provided food and money for the Montgomery Boycott, and Ottawa Gurley was responsible for a thriving Black community in Tulsa, OK. The primary focus of each book is the accomplishment of each subject in their respective fields; those seeking statistical information will need to consult the timelines in the back. Nonetheless, the colorful drawings and straightforward texts do an excellent job introducing young readers to these admirable leaders who are omitted from the textbooks. Readers will be encouraged to learn more about these extraordinary people. VERDICT These nicely illustrated titles about lesser-known people who are important leaders in different fields should attract browsers and report writers alike. Recommended."
School Library Journal, April 2022
"Books in the Leader Like Us picture-book series introduce Black Americans who excelled in their fields. Written with clarity and organized logically, each volume focuses on one notable individual. The large-format volumes are frighted with Quartey’s illustrations, which use simplified forms and unusual color combinations effectively. In Cathy Hughes, readers meet media-maven Hughes, whose childhood love of radio led her to broadcasting, ownership of a radio station that reflected her community’s interests, and developing and leading media company with radio and TV stations offering a Black perspective. Frederick O’Neal traces the story of this actor who moved to New York City during the Harlem Renaissance and made his mark on the stage, in movies, and in television. Georgia Gilmore tells of a cook who supported the 1955-1956 Montgomery Bus Boycott by leading a group of anonymous volunteers who perorated and sold food to support the cause with much-needed funds. O.W. Gurley introduces a businessman who, beginning in 1905, used his wealth to develop the Greenwood district (known as “Black Wall Street”) in Tulsa. Gurley survived the 1921 race massacre, but much of Gus work went up in smoke. This well-conceived series delivers attractive, very readable biographies of lesser-known Black achievers who made significant contributions to American broadcasting, business, theatre, and civil rights."
Carolyn Phelan, Booklist. April 2022