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I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – The March Against Fear by Ann Bausum

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with
The March Against Fear by Ann Bausum

I am especially moved by this compelling book today. When it seems as if the United States should be much farther along in the Civil Rights Movement, a book comes along that makes you question that fact. Are we any better than June 1966 when James Meredith was shot during a walk from Memphis to Jackson? Bausum makes you wonder if we’ve really come any further. What you will learn, though is that in reaction to Meredith’s shooting (he survived) people took up the cause in what became known as The March Against Fear. Martin Luther King, Jr and Stokely Carmichael got behind this march but yet we hardly know anything about this event. And now we can learn.

Many thanks to Nat Geo for providing a great book, which is suitable for middle grade and up. Also a great tool for the classroom.

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Diversity Reading Challenge Young Adult

I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – #Herstory Lillian’s Right to Vote by Jonah Winter

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with
Lillian’s Right to Vote by Jonah Winter

Today’s post includes a video. I thought I’d read this great book to you. Take a listen, it’s a picture book that’s powerful and says so much about where African American’s have come when it comes to voting. This book is great for kids of all ages.

 

What did you think? Powerful, huh? Voting is something we take for granted when not too long ago, many of us wouldn’t have been able to vote. So, turns out, Lillian’s story is our story.

Thanks for watching!

 

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Books Diversity Reading Challenge

I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – This President’s Day Let’s Celebrate Our First Black President

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with
This President’s Day Let’s Celebrate Our First Black President

Here are a few books for kids that feature Barack Obama.  Enjoy.

Who Is Barack Obama?

Of Thee I Sing

Yes We Can!

Do you know of any other books for kids about our former president?

 

 

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Children Diversity Reading Challenge

I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – NatGeo, Slave Ships and Shackles from the Deep by Michael H Cottman

Today’s book doesn’t celebrate Black History so much as discusses it from its origins.

Shackles from the Deep: Tracing the Path of a Sunken Slave Ship, a Bitter Past, and a Rich Legacy starts off with a great opening line, which is actually on the inside flap:

NOT ALL SUNKEN TREASURE IS ABOUT GOLD.

Isn’t that great? As the author dives he discovers the Henrietta Marie and the treasures hidden inside that tell the story of a slave trip. The book contains amazing photographs of cooking utensils and most chilling: iron shackles.

It’s a must read for folks of all ages.

This is as close as I ever want to get to a slave ship.

An embarrassing history that needs to be told.

Check it out.

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2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Books Non Fiction Young Adult

Taking the Mystery out of Black History Month: Harlem Hellfighters

Looking for something for another nonfiction read?

HarlemHellfighters

The Harlem Hellfighters

Did you know that African Americans played a big part in the war?

 Don’t forget to count it toward your Diversity Reading Challenge!

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Books Diversity Reading Challenge

I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH Riding Chance by Christine Kendall

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with Riding Chance by Christine Kendall

I love the premise of this book because it challenges everything you think you know about Black people: that they don’t ride horses (except cowboys). But in Riding Chance, Troy is sent to stables to care for horses rather than a juvenile detention facility. Imagine what a shock being around horses must be for an inner city teen? But then he’s forced to learn how to ride and play polo. How awesome is that? That he has to learn to deal with horses and his own prejudices against people who play polo? What an interesting concept.

 

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Children Diversity Reading Challenge

I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – NatGeo, Slave Ships and Shackles from the Deep by Michael H Cottman

Today’s book doesn’t celebrate Black History so much as discusses it from its origins.

Shackles from the Deep: Tracing the Path of a Sunken Slave Ship, a Bitter Past, and a Rich Legacy starts off with a great opening line, which is actually on the inside flap:

NOT ALL SUNKEN TREASURE IS ABOUT GOLD.

Isn’t that great? As the author dives he discovers the Henrietta Marie and the treasures hidden inside that tell the story of a slave trip. The book contains amazing photographs of cooking utensils and most chilling: iron shackles.

It’s a must read for folks of all ages.

This is as close as I ever want to get to a slave ship.

An embarrassing history that needs to be told.

Check it out.

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Diversity Reading Challenge Young Adult

I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – Alice Walker’s The Color Purple #Herstory

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with The Color Purple by Alice Walker

I remember in college first reading this phrase and it struck me; Everything wants to be loved. And I still believe it’s true.

Do you have a quote from The Color Purple?

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Children Diversity Reading Challenge

I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – Poetry

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with Poetry

Poetry, you either love it or you hate it.Sometimes you get it sometimes you don’t. Even when you don’t get it you pretend like you do because you don’t want to look like a jerk who doesn’t understand poetry, right? As long as it rhymes, I like it. Everyone needs a poem in their pocket, right?

On the Bus with Rosa Parks, Poems by Rita Dove

The Tiger Who Wore White Gloves by Gwendolyn Brooks

Maya Angelou

Poetry for Young People by Langston Hughes

Guess who wrote this poem?

The crocodile cried. The lion sighed. The leopard sneered. The jaguar jeered. The antelope shouted. The panther pouted. Everyone screamed “We never dreamed that ever could be in history a tiger who loves to wear white gloves.”

Gwendolyn Brooks!

 

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Diversity Reading Challenge Young Adult

I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange.

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange.