The overall message: Great people made big changes when they said No.
Activists of all ages will learn about the abolitionist movement, civil rights, women's rights, and more! Detailed, colorful art will thoroughly engage toddlers and preschoolers.
The perfect YA thriller!
The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglas
I finally got a chance to read this book. The cover had me intrigued for a while. Jake Livingston is one of the few Black teens at St. Claire Prep, Not only does he have to deal with that, he also sees dead people. The ghost world and Jake's world collide as an violent teen ghost named Sawyer attempts to possess Jake and commit atrocities again.
Jake, a closeted gay teen, also has to deal with the social difficulties of life as a minoritized adolescent in majority spaces.
The novel is descriptive and very well written. If you like scary, horror-filled stories with layered social commentary, add this to your list. Douglass is a dope writer!. Can't wait to read more.
Kwanzaa is celebrated December 26 through January 1. It is a holiday to commemorate African heritage, during which participants gather with family and friends to exchange gifts and to light a series of black, red, and green candles.
The colors have symbolic meanings. The black candle represents the African people, the red candles symbolize their struggles, and the green represents hope for the future. The number of candles represents the seven principles of Kwanzaa.
These candles symbolize the seven basic values of African-American family life: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.
Other symbols of the holiday, include the mkeka (a special placemat), kinara (candleholder), and kikombe cha umoja (unity cup).
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu
The Nelson Mandela Foundation describes Tutu as “ an extraordinary human being. A thinker. A leader. A shepherd."
A fighter who was a leader in the anti-apartheid movement, which fought against a White minority who ruled the Black majority through the brutal, heinous system of legislation and segregation policies, has passed away.
He was a peacemaker of worldly justice FOR ALL. The South African, Archbishop of Cape Town, campaigned for democracy, human rights, and tolerance to be achieved by dialogue and accommodation between enemies.
In 1984, Tutu was awarded the nobel Peace Prize for his role as a unifying leaders figure in the campaign to resolve apartheid in South Africa. In 2009, President Barack Obama presented Tutu with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Reverend Tutu also wrote several children’s books, three represented in this post.
Let There Be Light, a story of Creation, centers around culturally African images and themes.
Desmond and the Very Mean Word, A story in learning the power for forgiveness and letting go of anger.
And finally, God’s Dream focuses on humanity and love for all.
Use his books to introduce the youth to this iconic international peacemaker.
Black Boys & Play
Join We Are Here Lit! as we talk to Dr. Nathaniel Bryan and his new book Toward a BlackBoyCrit Pedagogy: Black Boys, Male Teachers, and Early Childhood Classroom Practices.
We will discuss Dr. Bryan's educational and literacy journey, supporting educators, what is BlackBoyCrit, Black boys & sports, homeschooling, and much more.
You can watch or listen to the interview on all our platforms
(Youtube, Anchor Podcast, Spotify, and the website weareherelit.org)
This documentary discusses ideas around healthy masculinity. "The Mask You Live In" showcases how males, feeling pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify, and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become "real" men.
How do these issues show up in the school environment with Black boys and young Black men?
How does your school incorporate Social Emotional Learning with issues of masculinity?
Catch the documentary on Amazon Prime and Kanopy, available in some public and academic libraries.
December 23rd, 2021
This Capstone Publication series centers a Black male teacher who guides his students as they deal with handling everyday predicaments in the classroom.
For K-2 readers, these books provide a mirror and window experience with a teacher of color utilizing social emotional learning skills.
Today we feature two NBA Superstars who have books!
Chris Paul, CP3, who plays for the Phoenix Suns, wrote a story based on himself and his brother growing up in Winston-Salem, NC. Chris worries that he is too short to make the basketball team. His family gives him helpful advice as he goes through the week anxious about try outs. Will he make the team?
The Wizenard Series: Season One, created by Kobe Bryant and written by Wesley King, is the story of a kid named Reggie, an orphan who lives with his Grandma, who lives to play basketball. A benchwarmer on the worst team in the league has a new coach, Rolabi Wizenar, who gives him the advice to manage his emotions productively, so they don’t break him. Supernatural breakthroughs during practice and action-packed high energy, throughout the story, corresponds to the emotional roller coaster that the protagonist, Reggie endures.
Kareem Abdul-Jabar is also an athlete-author. Check out our previous post about him.
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.