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James Haskins grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, Cecil Poole's birthplace. As a boy, he could not enter the segregated public library. His first book, Diary of a Harlem Schoolteacher, recounted his experience teaching special education students in New York City. Mr. Haskins started writing for children and young adults when he realized there were not enough books on current events for his students to read. During his career, he published more than one hundred books, many of which can now be found in the same public library that he was barred from entering as a boy. Mr. Haskins won wide acclaim for his writing, and was a three-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award. He was Professor of English at the University of Florida, Gainesville, where he continued to be interested in the people from his hometown.

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