Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
Dorothy Sterling, author of African American children's literature, dies at 95

Dorothy Sterling, a significant figure in 20th-century children's literature for her lucid, well- researched portrayals of historical African Americans written decades before multiculturalism became mainstream, died Dec. 1 at her home in Wellfleet, Mass. She was 95. A self-described accidental historian, Sterling wrote more than 35 books, among the best-known of which is "Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman." Published in 1954 and still in print, it was one of the first full-length biographies of a historical black figure written for children. The author drew attention to more obscure but important figures in "Captain of the Planter: The Story of Robert...