"I have often said that I will truly have achieved my full legacy when I have helped or inspired people who never knew I was an athlete."
Me. Abdul-Jabbar is currently in the news taking a stance on player vaccination. He is known as an Athlete-Activist. From the Cleveland Summit and boycotting the '68 Olympics he has always used his platform to further social justice.
Not only is he an Athlete-Activist, he is also a Scholar-Author. Check out his picture book and young adult titles, including the critically acclaimed biography 'Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court', to learn more about this prolific life and journey.
What do you know about this graphic novel?
Stay tuned to We Are Here Lit to learn more!
By the way, graphic novels and comic books provide a great entryway to engaging with literacy.
Teachers, how have you used graphic novels in your classroom?
A research article, report, and news story featuring @mahoganybooks address this urgent crisis.
Free access to libraries doesn't remedy this scenario either. The Urban Education article states "...this national survey found that only 8% of low-income families reported having taken advantage of library resources."
How can libraries think out outreach differently?
There are numerous community advocates, like @brotherswithbooks (interview and podcast in bio link) who are addressing the problem locally.
What needs to happen differently to create Book Oases in underserved areas?
Share your thoughts below.
Access to book desert information in this post is available in the linktree above.
It's a different world than where you come from...
Early exposure helps promote a college going culture and build the connection for minoritized children.
Get the following books and others for students to learn the language and see the images of higher education.
Zakari Goes to College by Jowan Smith and Afzal Khan
Donovan's College Adventure by Jahquan Hawkins & Baobab Publishing
HBCU Proud by Yvette Mann's and Catarina Neto
Homecoming by La-Donia Alford-Jefferies and J'aaron Merchant
Henry's Going to an HBCU by Kyle McMurtry
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Can you guess whose marching band is playing in the clip?
The recorded session can be watched here on the YouTube link below, or you can listen to the podcast, https://anchor.fm/weareherelit.
So insightful and diverse. The gentleman on this panel's influence and insight are so important in understanding how to engage youth with reading.
Professor Brain Wright's book 'The Brilliance of Black Boys', asserts cultural responsiveness helps teachers and librarians to engage and incorporate identity development practices to better instill agency and voice in young Black boys.
Taking theory to practice, country singer Jimmie Allen, authors a picture book entitled 'My Voice is a Trumpet', to help kids recognize their voices can change the world.
What culturally responsive practices do you use in your schools and libraries to foster voice and agency?
The People's Champ
He was one of the best-known men of the 20th century—Muhammad Ali is the quintessential definition of a transformative leader. So many themes from his life can be transferred to curriculum, social justice, ethics, philosophy, civil rights, masculine identity, and humanitarianism.
The iconic Muhammad Ali will be featured in a new Kens Burn documentary.
What an incredible life to incorporate and engage students with literacy.
This site has curricular information about Ali to use in the classroom.
In celebration of National Art Education Week & National Latinx Heritage Month, we feature Afro-Latinx author and illustrator C. G. Esperanza's book 'Boogie Boogie, Y'all'. This book celebrates the energy and vibrance of The Boogie Down Bronx, and graffiti as an art form.
Captivating and beautifully illustrated.
Check out this link for Esperanza's work.
HIspanic Heritage Month
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!
We Are Here: A Literary Space for Black boy and young Black men are featuring Afro-Latino authors, protagonists, and biographies.
Music sample: DJ Jigüe
WE ARE HERE will provide you book reviews, discussions, news, and programming about literature and literacy by and about Black males. This site will also feature vlog conversations on topics related to the promoting literacy and voice for Black boys and young men.