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90 Picture Books for 90 Years of Black History Celebration - ALSC Blog

90 Picture Books for 90 Years of Black History Celebration - ALSC Blog | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it

In 1926, ninety years ago, the group now known as The Association for the Study of African American Life and History sponsored a week in February to promote achievements of peoples with African ancestry.  February, being the birth month of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, seemed the ideal choice. After ninety years, we still celebrate in February, except no longer just a week, but now for the entire month.

 

The best way to celebrate Black History Month with your children is to read to them!

 

 

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If you have articles / books people should read to prepare for, process or respond to #ROOTS - pls share using #RootsSyllabus & #ROOTS
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Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners - BBC Two

Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners - BBC Two | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
Documentary looking at the abolition of slavery in Britain and the extraordinary choice by the government of the day to compensate slave owners for their loss of 'property'
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'How I Wear My Amazing Hair:' Authors are bridging the diversity gap through children’s stories -

'How I Wear My Amazing Hair:' Authors are bridging the diversity gap through children’s stories - | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it

Women have a very special relationship with their hair. None more so, dare I say, than women of color. Oftentimes, their characters are judged and worth measured by the length, texture, style and even the color of their hair. In the African-American community the debate on ‘good hair’ vs. ‘bad hair’ is as old and rife with controversy as the debate between what constitutes ‘light skinned’ and ‘dark skinned.’

There are many children’s authors who have tackled the issues young girls of color face with their hair. We own many of those remarkable books and have used them as gentle lessons to teach our own daughter to embrace her amazing hair. So it was not without much thought when we decided to write How I Wear My Amazing Hair and add our voice to the conversation about self-esteem through the self-expression of how one wears their hair. When a mother does her daughters hair, it’s an interpretation of how she wants her daughter to look to the world. When her daughter starts to ask for different styles she is becoming self-aware of her own identity and how SHE wants the world to look at her. As parents, we have experienced this, as have other parents, and we think real-life experiences are the best foundations for amazing books.

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#RootsSyllabus offers suggestions to learn more about slavery in America

#RootsSyllabus offers suggestions to learn more about slavery in America | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it

"Roots," the book by Alex Haley, traces the story of a slave and his descendants. The first miniseries, in 1977, was a huge success.

The History Channel has remade the miniseries; the first episode aired Monday night.

In reaction, Twitter users used the hashtag #RootsSyllabus to share books, articles and other resources for people to understand slavery and its impact on America.

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Runaway Slaves in Britain :: Home

Runaway Slaves in Britain :: Home | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
The principal sources for this project will be the advertisements placed in newspapers by slave-owners. The project will also locate and make available related newspaper, legal and other materials. At the heart of the project will be a searchable database of runaway slave advertisements from eighteenth-century English and Scottish newspapers.
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Film explores history of US enslaved women

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Dr Emily West filming outside the International Slavery Museum


Dr Emily West, Department of History at the University of Reading wrote…

“It was a pleasure to come to the International Slavery Museum to undertake some promotional filming on behalf of the Department of History at the University of Reading. I obtained my PhD from Liverpool University in 1997 and I also used to work part-time in Liverpool’s Maritime Museum so I was very excited about returning to the city and the museum itself!

Under the guidance of Toby and Robbie from motion blurr studios we put together a short film based upon my research into the lives of enslaved women in the Southern United States, focusing specifically on female runaways. I really wanted to film in the International Slavery Museum because of its fantastic resources for exploring Atlantic slavery and the many ways in which enslaved people resisted their brutal oppression. Especially impressive is the section of the museum which depicts the horrors of the ‘middle passage’ – the horrendous transatlantic journey undertaken by those who had been captured as they made their way to the New World within cramped, unhygienic, and sickly conditions upon slave ships.

It was also important for me to film in Liverpool because of its connections to slavery as a major port city, because cotton grown by enslaved people in the USA helped to create new global markets that fuelled the British industrial revolution. The museum also deals with some of the legacies of slavery and how it shaped our modern world in a compassionate and thought-provoking way.”

You can see Emily’s film here --


Slavery | Female Runaways

https://vimeo.com/motionblurr/review/117594192/eed9913894

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http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ism/index.aspx

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Slavery's Hidden History: An interview with historian Eric Foner | American Libraries Magazine

Slavery's Hidden History: An interview with historian Eric Foner | American Libraries Magazine | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it

Columbia University History Professor Eric Foner

Photo: Daniela Zalcman


Eric Foner—Pulitzer Prize–winning historian, author of Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad (W. W. Norton, 2015), Columbia University professor, and author of more than 20 history texts—spoke to American Libraries about his latest book and his plans for the future. Foner’s specialty is the American Civil War and Reconstruction, and he has been teaching a popular course on that topic to Columbia undergraduates for more than 30 years. His book Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863–1877 (Harper and Row, 1988) is recognized as a definitive work on federal attempts to rebuild the South and establish equal constitutional rights for African-Americans. Foner is giving a talk about the Underground Railroad at the Chicago Humanities Festival on October 31.


. . . You will be retiring from teaching soon. What are your plans?


I am retiring at the end of spring 2016. I’m not even teaching this term. I have one more course in the spring, and then I ride off into the sunset. However, my lecture course on Civil War and Reconstruction has been put online. It’s now what they call a MOOC, a massive online open course. But it’s free of charge—anybody who wants to see my lectures on this can just click in. They’re all on YouTube and available through edX. I did that because I taught this course for a long time, and I wouldn’t want it to disappear completely, so it will be out there for anyone who wants to see it.


YouTube Playlist:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSuwqsAnJMtyg3ROpOADVoW1NV5kmskFM


edX:  https://www.edx.org/xseries/civil-war-reconstruction

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Tweet from @RootsSeries

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Join the #ROOTS conversation with @Luvvie tomorrow!

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Reading for Roots | HISTORY

Reading for Roots | HISTORY | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
To celebrate the reimagining of ROOTS, HISTORY is partnering with FamilySearch International and the Freedmen’s Bureau Project, to help African-American families reconnect with their ancestors by transcribing thousands of digitized historical records.

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LGBT authors at Printers Row Lit Fest - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times

LGBT authors at Printers Row Lit Fest - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
The Printers Row Lit Fest, now entering its 32nd year, is the Midwest's largest literary event. Hundreds of authors and booksellers appear over the two-day street festival on Saturday-Sunday, June 11-12.

The festival takes place on Dearborn Street, from Balbo Avenue to Congress Parkway, with additional programming at the Harold Washington Library Center and Jones College Prep High School. The festival is free and open to the public, as is the majority of programming.

The following LGBT authors are featured at Printers Row Lit Fest 2016:

—Ana Castillo will be featured in conversation with Chicago Tribune columnist and reporter Dahleen Glanton at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Grace Place auditorium. Castillo is one of the most powerful voices in contemporary Latina/o literature. Her newest book, Black Dove, is a memoir.

—Charlie Jane Anders will be a featured speaker on the Fantastic Visions panel at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at the Center Stage. Co-panelists include Daniel Sinker ( head of Mozilla's Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Project, Punk Planet founder and the man behind the satirical @MayorEmanuel Twitter account ) and author Kameron Hurley ( The Geek Feminist Revolution ). Anders is the author of the best-selling novel All the Birds in the Sky and editor-in-chief of io9.com . She has won a Lambda Literary Award and a Hugo Award.

—Garrard Conley will be a featured speaker on the Life stories panel at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, June 12, in the Shedd Room at the Blake Hotel. The moderator is Tony Romano and co-panelists include children's author and 2016 Sendak Fellow Elisha Cooper and memoirist Zoe Zolbrod. Conley is the author of a memoir, Boy Erased, and he has been a Bread Loaf Writers' Conference scholar and an Elizabeth Kostova Foundation fellow. He teaches English literature at the American College of Sofia and promotes LGBTQ equality in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Headlining novelists include Goosebumps creator R.L. Stine, who recently won the Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Prize; Pulitzer Prize-winner Marilynne Robinson; and New York Times best-selling author Terry McMillan.

Graphic-novel fans, historians and movie buffs will come together to see Tony- and Oscar-nominated actor Ethan Hawke. He will appear with illustrator Greg Ruth to discuss their recent graphic novel, INDEH: A Story of the Apache Wars. While best known for his roles in Dead Poets Society, Boyhood and Training Day, Hawke has also penned several novels and screenplays.

Foodies will have the opportunity to view cooking demos by several renowned and celebrity chefs on the Good Eating stage, including Ruth Reichl, Rick Bayless and Meathead Goldwyn.

News junkies will enjoy presentations from several journalists and nonfiction authors, including Sebastian Junger, Steve Inskeep and Kim Barker.

See printersrowlitfest.org/participant/1731.html.
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LGBT veterans, band visible in Chicago's Memorial Day observance - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times

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Memorial Day Parade with AVER (2016). Photo by Carrie Maxwell


The City of Chicago held its annual Memorial Day parade May 28 along State Street in the Loop.

Among the numerous contingents in the parade were the Chicago chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights ( AVER ) and the Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band.

AVER has participated in the parade for the past 15 years. The organization carried the U.S., rainbow and POW/MIA flags as well as the flags of each branch of the armed services. Behind AVER's contingent, Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band played a medley of songs along the parade route.

As AVER passed the reviewing stand, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other dignitaries saluted them while the announcer made note of AVER's status as an LGBT veterans organization.

"On this Memorial Day weekend, we're thankful that we're able to remember our fallen comrades," said Jim Darby, AVER Chicago president. "We're also grateful as LGBT veterans that our comrades can finally be remembered for their service and sacrifice to this country, including at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois, where we laid a wreath and acknowledged our fellow LGBT servicemembers at the first anniversary of the dedication of the only LGBT Veterans Memorial in the VA Cemetery System."

The parade marked one of several activities AVER participated in over the weekend, including providing the Color Guard for the opening ceremony of International Mr. Leather and the 23rd annual Remembrance Ceremony for murdered gay sailor Allen Schindler at the gravesite in Steger, IL.

On Monday, May 30, AVER will charter a bus to Abraham Lincoln National VA Cemetery to hold the first anniversary celebration to the monument to LGBT Veterans. This Monument was dedicated last year on Memorial Day. The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. The bus will leave from the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted at noon. All are invited to participate. Call Bernie Santarsiero at 312-320-1445 or email at bds@uic.edu .

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Chicago Welcoming Churches network hosts Pride Worship June 11 - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times

Chicago Welcoming Churches network hosts Pride Worship June 11 - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
The Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches ( CCWC ) will sponsor "Sharing Light, Sharing Faith in Divided Times" at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 3309 N. Seminary, Chicago June 11, 2016 at 4 p.m. Its Annual Ecumenical Pride Worship Service will feature Rev. Dr. Dawnn Pirani Brumfield as preacher.

"We're thrilled to welcome Dr. Brumfield's passion and power to the pulpit," said Rev. Jacki Belile of CCWC. "Her life ministry is committed to educating church leadership on how to make the church accessible to ALL people regardless of race, gender, class or culture, sexual orientation, family design and physical, emotional or mental conditions."

Brumfield is a member of the Lighthouse Church of Chicago where she serves on its leadership team and oversees the areas of spiritual formation and congregational care.

The Coalition is a growing organization of nearly 80 churches and organizations committed to LGBTQ-positive programming.
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Middle Eastern Writers Find Refuge in the Dystopian Novel

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Basma Abdel Aziz in Brooklyn. Her novel “The Queue” represents a new wave of dystopian and surrealist fiction from Middle Eastern writers. Credit Richard Perry/The New York Times


A new wave of bleak, post-revolutionary fiction is emerging from writers grappling with the chaotic aftermath and stinging disappointments of the Arab Spring.

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Legacies of British Slave-ownership

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Legacies of British Slave-ownership is the umbrella for two projects based at UCL tracing the impact of slave-ownership on the formation of modern Britain: the ESRC-funded Legacies of British Slave-ownership project, now complete, and the ESRC and AHRC-funded Structure and significance of British Caribbean slave-ownership 1763-1833, running from 2013-2015.

Colonial slavery shaped modern Britain and we all still live with its legacies. The slave-owners were one very important means by which the fruits of slavery were transmitted to metropolitan Britain. We believe that research and analysis of this group are key to understanding the extent and the limits of slavery's role in shaping British history and leaving lasting legacies that reach into the present. The stories of enslaved men and women, however, are no less important than those of slave-owners, and we hope that the encyclopaedia produced in the first phase of the project, while at present primarily a resource for studying slave-owners, will also provide information of value to those researching enslaved people.
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Black Twitter's #RootsSyllabus is required reading -

Black Twitter's #RootsSyllabus is required reading - | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it

Monday night, History premiered the first installment of Roots. It’s a reboot and retelling of Alex Haley’s novel of the same name. The original miniseries aired in 1977, and was an honest depiction of life before, during and after slavery. 


The 2016 version has left viewers wanting more. Not just from the series, but from that part of history. Shortly after last night’s episode aired, #RootsSyllabus started trending on Twitter.


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Official Premiere: Awkwafina x Margaret Cho - "Green Tea"

Official Premiere: Awkwafina x Margaret Cho - "Green Tea" | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
Rapper and comedian collaborate for a NSFW anthem in celebration of womanhood and AAPI Heritage Month.
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Women on Broadway: A Year of Living Dangerously

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Zainab Jah, left, and Lupita Nyong’o in “Eclipsed.” Credit Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

On Broadway, it has been a year of women: waitresses, shopgirls, concubines, Revolutionary sisters, a literary editor, a morphine addict and many victims of abuse. Is this cause for celebration or despair? Or pie?

The musical “Waitress” and the play “Eclipsed” featured all-female creative teams. Yet even as women constitute two-thirds of the Broadway audience, women still lag far behind men as playwrights, composers, directors and designers.

In a season hailed for racial and ethnic diversity, what about gender parity? The New York Times theater critics Laura Collins-Hughes and Alexis Soloski recently discussed the role of (and roles for) women this year, on Broadway and off. Here’s an edited version of their conversation:
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Freedom on the Move | Cornell University

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A database of fugitives from North American slavery

Throughout the 250-year history of slavery in North America, enslaved people tried to escape. Once newspapers were common, enslavers posted “runaway ads” to try to locate these fugitives. Such ads provide significant quantities of individual and collective information about the economic, demographic, social, and cultural history of slavery, but they have never been systematically collected. We are designing and beginning data collection for a database that will compile all North American slave runaway ads and make them available for statistical, geographical, textual, and other forms of analysis. Some elements of data collection will be crowdsourced, engendering a public sense of co-participation in the process of recording history, and producing a living pedagogical tool for instructors at all levels, in multiple disciplines.
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MOOC | Eric Foner - The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1861 | Sections 1 through 10 - YouTube

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MOOC | Eric Foner - The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1861 | Sections 1 through 10

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The Civil War and Reconstruction - 1850 -1861

Discover how the issue of slavery came to dominate American politics, and how political leaders struggled and failed to resolve the growing crisis in the nation.

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This Week in Fiction: Discovering an Unpublished Story by Langston Hughes - The New Yorker

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Arnold Rampersad discusses “Seven People Dancing,” a previously unpublished short story by Langston Hughes.
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Discover Your Roots Using the Freedmen's Bureau Records -

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http://www.discoverfreedmen.org/ Genealogists, researchers, archivists, authors, bloggers, educators, and faith leaders discuss the Freedmen's Bureau and the need for volunteers to make the records of nearly 4 million emancipated African Americans freely searchable online. http://www.discoverfreedmen.org

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Esperanza Spalding Scores & Stars in Ray-Ban Film 'Gaze' - Saint Heron

Esperanza Spalding Scores & Stars in Ray-Ban Film 'Gaze' - Saint Heron | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
Following behind last year's short entitled Color Guard, scored by Kamasi Washington, Ray-Ban is back with their film series with the newly released Gaze.
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Deaf West Theatre's Spring Awakening Tony Performance

Deaf West Theatre is raising funds for Deaf West Theatre's Spring Awakening Tony Performance on Kickstarter!

The cast of Spring Awakening has a chance to perform on the Tonys, but we need your help! Help show the world this beautiful show.
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New African Superhero Comic Book Stories! - Black Girl Nerds

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Uhuru-Legend of the windriders will be released in English and French this quarter.
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Testimony on Chicago transgender measure set for June 8
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Testimony on Chicago transgender measure set for June 8<br/> - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
The City Council's Committee on Human Relations on Wed., June 8 will hear testimony on a proposed amendment to the city's Human Rights ordinance that prohibits public accommodations—such as hotels, restaurants or grocery stores—from requiring that patrons show a government ID to prove their gender identity in order to access facilities such as restrooms or changing facilities.

The measure was introduced in the May 18 City Council meeting. The June 8 meeting takes place in the City Council chambers at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., second floor, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
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