Virginia Hamilton (1936-2002), a giant in the world of children's literature, was the first African-American woman to win a Newbery Medal and the first children's book author to be awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant. In her prize-winning anthology of American Black folktales, The People Could Fly, Hamilton has gathered and retold a collection of stories that teach us much, move us deeply, and make us laugh out loud.Savor this bridge to both the past and the future of a people and a nation as you hear these timeless tales brilliantly performed by Andrew Barnes. New York Times Notable Book. A Children's ALA Notable Book. A Books for Youth Booklist Editors' Choice . Coretta Scott King Award. A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. A Parents' Choice Award Recording.