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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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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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Banned Books Diversity Reading Challenge

Banned Book Week

Banned Book Week

One final question…

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What a tough question. I’d probably take a book about my heritage so that I wouldn’t forget. As much as I love Toni Morrison, alot of her stuff has ghosts in them which don’t match the stories my family told, plus I’m scary and don’t like ghosties (the baby, in Beloved, helloooo?). So for that reason I would probably choose The Color Purple. There’s so much to relate to.

Like this quote: Everything want to be loved.

It’s true, right? Who doesn’t want to be loved? That’s why I would have to memorize The Color Purple. Lots of good inspirational quotes inside.

What book would you memorize and why?

 

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Books Diversity Reading Challenge Young Adult

Discover Black History Month with Alice Walker & The Color Purple

Discover Black History Month
with Alice Walker

The Color Purple

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Everything want to be loved. Us sing and dance and holler, just trying to be loved.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

“All my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy. I had to fight my brothers. I had to fight my cousins and my uncles. A girl child ain’t safe in a family of men. But I never thought I’d have to fight in my own house. She let out her breath. I loves Harpo, she say. God knows I do. But I’ll kill him dead before I let him beat me.”

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

“She look so stylish it like the trees all round the house draw themself up tall for a better look.”

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Banned Books

Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop: Authors of Color

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom To Read

All this week I’ll be celebrating banned books week by highlighting challenged or banned books. Why is banned books week important? According to the American Library Association (of which I’m a member),

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

As a parent, you have a right to decide what your own children should be exposed to, but I strongly believe that you do not have the right to dictate what other children have access to. So, let’s celebrate the books that have been challenged and see if you’ve read any of them and you can make the decision for yourself. Each day of Banned Books Week I’ll highlight several of the titles that were challenged or banned last year. Let’s see how they stack up.  Also? This is a blog hop so I’ll giveaway a $10 Amazon gift card to the winner!

Today’s the last day of Banned Books Week. In honor of that I thought we’d take a look at the authors of color and how they’ve played a role in BBW.  To be sure, authors of color include just about everyone who isn’t in the White majority, which brings a full complement of experiences to literature that readers might not otherwise be exposed.  Because many of these experiences contain violent situations and language, they are frequently part of the challenged and banned books list.

I’ve made a collage of the authors of color who often appear on the list.  Let’s see if you recognize any of them.

authors of color

Hard to believe, isn’t it? Without these books we wouldn’t have any idea of the African American experience, the Hispanic experience or the Native American experience.  Can you imagine not knowing what you know about those groups and their struggles? And who didn’t cry when they read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor?

What’s your fave author of color?

Thanks for tuning in to Banned Books Week!

 

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