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Soulful Rhymes: Voices in Black Poetry

Thu, 03/04/2021 - 1:49pm by copelands

February might be over, but we're continuing the celebration of black history and culture. Check out a few recommendations below for some of the best in Black poetry.

Light for the World to See by Kwame Alexander:

Light For the WorldIn this collection of poems, the New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander gives readers  a rap session about race. Best known for his youth novels, Alexander writes a book of poetry for adults in Light for the World to See. Inspired by three distinct events, Alexander masterfully writes about the murder of George Floyd, the anti-racism protest of Colin Kaepernick, and the historic election of Barack Obama. Adding to the thought provoking text and galvanizing themes are graphic illustrations that make this title all the more enjoyable to read.

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Black History Month: Sharing Black Stories

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 2:44pm by copelands

Black History Month is celebrated every February as a chance to remember and celebrate the many contributions of African-Americans to society. While this month has been designated, Black history and culture should be recognized in every month. From honoring Black history to celebrating Black culture and identity, we’ll feature a few reviews this month that celebrate and uplift the Black community. Below are a few recommendations for youth picture books.

I Promise by LeBron James, illustrated by Nina Mata

I PromiseNBA Champion LeBron James has accomplished a lot in his career. He’s a four-time NBA champion and four-time NBA MVP. Despite all of this success, the most important part of his legacy has been off the court. LeBron opened his I Promise school in Akron, Ohio in 2018 that especially aims to teach at risk children. Inspired by the kids from his school, the book I Promise tells a story of action and responsibility in a way that kids will take to heart. Children from different backgrounds are wonderfully shown in harmony with lessons in the text meant to inspire self reflection, accountability, and unity. Nina Mata provides vibrant, colorful illustrations to the text. With simple but powerful words, kids from everywhere will enjoy this book filled with encouragement and fun. I really enjoyed this book and found it especially helpful in the times we’re facing today.

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Black History Month | Quote of the Day: Diane Nash

Thursday February 11, 2021: 12:30pm to 1:00pm
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Black History Month | Quote of the Day: Colin Powell

Sunday February 28, 2021: 12:30pm to 1:00pm
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Black History Month | Quote of the Day: Condoleeza Rice

Friday February 12, 2021: 12:30pm to 1:00pm
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Black History Month | Quote of the Day: Serena Williams

Saturday February 13, 2021: 12:30pm to 1:00pm
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Black History Month | Quote of the Day: James Baldwin

Sunday February 14, 2021: 12:30pm to 1:00pm
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Black History Month | Quote of the Day: Michelle Obama

Monday February 15, 2021: 12:30pm to 1:00pm
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Black History Month | Quote of the Day: Muhammad Ali

Tuesday February 16, 2021: 12:30pm to 1:00pm
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Black History Month | Quote of the Day: Amanda Gorman

Monday February 1, 2021: 12:30pm to 1:00pm
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