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A Curriculum for Black Youth Activism | AAUP

What is the source of black youth activism? What nurtures it, and how has it evolved over time? Shelter in a Time of Storm: How Black Colleges Fostered Generations of Leadership and Activism By Jelani M. Favors. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2019. What is the source of black youth activism? What nurtures it, and how has it evolved over time? In light of the recent waves of student activism for racial justice across colleges and universities, and across society more broadly, these questions have become foundational to understanding the contours of resistance to the structural inequality that […]

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The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates review – time traveller on the Underground Railroad | The Guardian

Magical realism meets real life in the acclaimed journalist’s debut novel about American slaves escaping to the north A former national correspondent for the Atlantic magazine, Ta-Nehisi Coates is among the most revered and widely read intellectuals in the US. His bleak but scintillating book about race, We Were Eight Years in Power (2017), was a passionate collection of essays focusing on the sharp divisions and overpowering emotions – from uplifting to ugly – that surfaced when Barack Obama became his country’s first black president. What white America fears most is black competence, Coates reasoned. Black excellence turns that fear […]

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The Snowy Day is Amazon’s beautiful, hopeful addition to television Christmas specials | The Verge

On Thanksgiving, Amazon quietly published its contribution to the Christmas canon. The Snowy Day is an adaptation of the award-winning 1962 children’s picture book of the same name, written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats. Odds are you’ve seen the book, or had it read to you. Its cover art, with a tiny boy wearing a red coat and a pointy hat, is iconic. And the book itself is a staple of kindergarten bookshelves. At 37 minutes long, the animated short has a meatier plot than its 16-page source material. But don’t let the book’s diminutive length short-sell its significance. […]

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Help combat racism. This holiday season, give the gift of a black children’s or young adult book | Daily Kos

In a time fraught with Trump- and Republican-fomented racial hate and vituperation, we move into a holiday season celebrated by 90% of the people in this divided nation. Over the years, many readers have asked for my thoughts on what can be done to change and eliminate the racial hate exhibited by a large, and mostly white, segment of the populace. My belief is that you can’t vote racism away. The only solution is education. So if you are one of the millions of people who are shopping for gifts for children or young adults in your circle of family […]

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Lupita Nyong’o Wrote a Book For Girls of Color to “See More Dark Skin in a Beautiful Light” | POPSUGAR

Chanel-Vargas, POPSUGAR Image Source: Amazon. Featured Image Lupita Nyong’o is now a published author, and her children’s picture book Sulwe — which means star in her native language Luo — sends a powerful and much-needed message to girls of color.

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The Changing Image of the Black in Children’s Literature | The Horn Book, Inc.

Augusta Baker, The Horn Book, Inc. The longtime couple have finally become engaged, celebrating with family and friends. (Image via NBC Chicago). Featured Image n the 1920’s and 1930’s, children’s books seemed to foster prejudice by planting false images in the minds of children. Most authors were white, with little knowledge about black life, and yet they wrote as if they were authorities. No wonder it was an accepted fact in children’s books that blacks were lazy, shiftless, lived in shanties, had nothing and wanted nothing, sang and laughed all day. Black writers for children were practically nonexistent, and the […]

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BANNED: The Bluest Eye| PBS

FROM THE COLLECTION: THE LIBRARY, PBS The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison’s first novel, was published in 1970. Set in Lorain, Ohio — where Morrison herself was born — the book tells the story of Pecola Breedlove, an eleven-year-old African American girl who is convinced that she is ugly, and yearns to have lighter skin and blue eyes. This, she believes, could change her lot in life. Pecola lives in a violent household. Her parents consistently fight, and Pecola herself becomes pregnant after being raped by her alcoholic father, Cholly. Since its publication, the book has consistently landed on the American […]

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For The ‘Nickel Boys,’ Life Isn’t Worth 5 Cents | NPR

Michael Schaub, NPR long string of horrors that took place at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys wasn’t a secret, but it might as well have been. Former students of the Florida reform school had spoken out for years about the brutal beatings that they endured at the hands of sadistic employees, but it wasn’t until 2012, when University of South Florida anthropologists began to uncover unmarked graves on the school’s campus, that the world began to care. The discoveries weren’t news to the “White House Boys,” a group of men who say they survived brutal assaults by Dozier […]

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