Although our history truly begins in Africa, if people teach about Black history from enslavement, it must include resistance. It must include courage, determination, perseverance, ingenuity AND LOVE.
Speak of people of African Descent and Identity with an asset-based approach.
The industry of slavery in American history is the deficit. Discriminatory laws and segregation are the deficit. Redlining denying the right to opportunities and education is the deficit.
If you are not teaching and learning from that lens of an asset-based approach, what are you teaching and learning? Are you incorporating ethical philosophies in your teaching?
The picture books in this post are a few of the books available on this topic. Please list other titles in the comments, including middle-grade and high school-aged resources.
Let's learn from one another. Share your books titles and thoughts below.
Mr Billy spreading the love of literacy!
Reposted from @3kingvisions I got a superpower and that’s being a librarian!! When I was little I didn’t have someone that look like me to inspire me to be great in life (other than athlete or rapper)!!! The dope thing is that I’m being myself and still representing Hip Hop!! I love what I do and this is nothing but gods work!! Shoutout to @rashad_patterson_ for showing these young black 👑 s my Storytime!! Leaders Of The New Cool!!!
Parker, Kimberly N. 2022. Literacy Is Liberation : Working Toward Justice through Culturally Relevant Teaching. Alexandria, Virginia: ASCD.
Education for Liberation Network & Critical Resistance Editorial. 2021. Lessons in Liberation : An Abolitionist Toolkit for Educators. Edited by Education for Liberation Network and Critical Resistance (Organization). Chico, CA: AK Press.
Kaba, Mariame, and Naomi Murakawa. 2021. We Do This 'Til We Free Us : Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice. Edited by Tamara K Nopper. The Abolitionist Papers Series. Chicago, IL: Haymarket Books.
The book selection creates conversation about liberation and abolitionism, transforming systems, and what these themes look like in practice.
Use the following works for learning communities, professional development, bookclubs to advance educator and librarian practices.
J.D. the Kid Barber Series by J. Dillard
The illustrated chapter books are about an 8 year old barber from Mississippi.
Follow J.D. as he provides fun stories and life lessons. With each book his 💈 skills takes him towards bigger opportunities and new adventures.
This series is good for beginners chapter book and reluctant readers.
Pair this book with others about youth entrepreneurship like:
-Entrepreneurship: create your own business with 25 projects by Alex Kahan
-Diversity in Business by Cathleen Small
-Earning Money by Mari Schuh
This series can show young boys and men to grow their gifts, like the recent story of Cameron Tucker, a 16 year old Detroit barber who went from cutting hair his high school bathroom to an apprenticeship with one of the top barbers in Detroit.
Discovering and nurturing the gifts of Black boys and young Black men is of the upmost importance.
Are they analytical? Creative? Are they gifted orators or writers? Are they caring?
Our adult cultivating their gifts?
Help them envision possiblities based on natural gifts and passions.
Reposted from @ilyasahshabazz Great message! The goal is not to be successful and famous. If we work as a team, we are unstoppable and we can do so much more to help others.
It's use of collage, won Keats the 1963 Caldecott Medal.
Happy Birthday Ezra Jack Keats! 🧁
March 11, 1916 - May 6, 1983
Our selection for today, Capoeira: Game! Dance! Martial Arts! by George Ancona describes the sport, it's history, music and language of capoeiristas.
Played worldwide, Capoeira, a Brazilian martial arts and game, pays homage to an African tradition. Beautifully detailed, including colorful photos, this book introduces readers to Portuguese terms woven into the text to explain how the game is played.
Interesting fact: Ancona discusses the African origins and the incorporation of music to disguise to fighting skills so slave owners would think they were dancing.
Also included in the book is a glossary and additional resources.
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If a school district, teaching community or library staff is truly interested in inclusive engagement with Black communities, this book is a necessary professional development or learning community tool.
Equitable by Design by Yvette C. Laundry examines opportunities to establish stronger more authentic partnerships among Black families and school/library communities.
This book features theory to practice strategies, reflection, goal setting and action step opportunities.
Request it at and for your local library and school professional development collection.
A must listen to podcast episode!
Please take a moment to listen and leave a supporting message for these young Kings sharing their perspectives and book reviews! The link to the podcast is in the bio.
Our favorite line, "Can I elaborate?" Yes!
Three Black Boys; Three Black Books
Three elementary school students (two fifth and one fourth) and their librarian discuss non fiction picture books. The books discussed are the following: The Roots of Rap written Carole Boston Weatherford by and illustrated by Frank Morrison, When the Beat was Born written by Laban Carrick Hill and illustrated by Frank Morrison and Thurgood Marshall written by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Brian Collier.
More of this please!
Amazing job young men. Thank you to School Librarian @mlynnbooks for creating and sharing this awesome podcast.
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