Floyd Cooper, Illustrator of Black Life for Children, Dies at 65

He sought to revive and recount chapters of African American history that he felt weren’t taught enough in classrooms.

By Alex Vadukul

Floyd Cooper, a celebrated children’s book illustrator who explored the African American experience in stories rooted in history, like one about a boy in Alabama in 1955 trying to comprehend why a Black woman on his bus refused to give up her seat to a white passenger, died on July 15 in Bethlehem, Pa. He was 65.

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