February is Black History Month
"Many people describe Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'Letter from Birmingham Jail' and the civil rights movement as the defining moment in their lives and the generation since has been shaped from it...
February 11, 2004 —
"Like those who preceded him—Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois—King wrote with moral and rhetorical force, addressing a national audience that did not recognize his full rights of equality as a citizen and human being.
"Although many members of today's generation of intellectuals were too young to take an active part in the protests and marches, their belief in the necessary and intimate connection between race and politics was gleaned from these events.
"Contemporary writers and educators—including Toni Morrison, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Shelby Steele, Cornel West, Glenn Loury, Stephen Carter, Stanley Crouch, Patricia Williams, William Julius Wilson, bell hooks, and others—who not only work within a distinctly African-American tradition but also view race as a definingly and inextricably American matter. The African-American intellectual tradition, these writers demonstrate, belongs at the center of American history." Atlantic Monthly Flashbacks, Feb 12, 1997
BookBuffet has compiled a selection of links from the web—book lists, movie lists, and current events happening around the country and in the media—commemorating Black History Month.
BOOKS & AUTHORS
Love, Tony Morrison The Nobel prize winner's first book in five years, Morrison constructs Love with a precision and elegance that shows her characters' flaws and fears with brutal accuracy.
Open Wide the Freedom Gates: A Memoir, Dorothy Height, with forward by Maya Angelou. "The memior of a 91-year-old herioine of the Civil Rights Movement tells the remarkable story of her life, her work, and what it means to be both black and a woman." Booklist
The Man In My Basement: A Novel, Walter Mosley "Charles Blakey is so far down he is about to hit bottom...Then the mysterious small white man appears, Anniston Bennet, with a bizarre proposition. Bennet will pay an enormous sum of money just to stay in Blakey's basement for two months." Louis N. Gruber, Amazon Review. Mosley has not been content simply to spin an engrossing action story but has sought to explore larger themes as well, in this stand-alone literary tale; his most philisophical novel to date. (Read the BookBuffet Author Profile of Walter Mosley.)
The Complete Tales of Uncle Remus: Joel Chandler Harris, Compiled by Richard Chase. A treasure trove of African-American folklore reissued from their first appearance in 1880. Banned in the 60's for being racist and for it's use of the "n" word, it has been reissued for historical significance and revealing the human foibles in us all.
Mighty Times: The Legacy Of Rosa Parks: Revisits the historical Montgomery bus boycott and the struggle of Rosa Parks, the mother of the civil rights movement.
The Biography Channel: has a fabulous web page which breaks down African-American biographies by educators, athletes, entertainers, officials, scientists, writers, and artists.
MAGAZINES & SEMINAL ESSAYS
The Atlantic Monthly: has collected seminal essays from its archives. Click on each essay title and compare the snap shot of past sentiment to today's. Has there been change? Well worth the read.
Footsteps African-American Hertitage Magazine: (for youth) Created in 1979 by two teachers who were looking for a way to promote reading and history to educate and entertain through a creative mix of articles, primary source documents, photographs, and illustrations, as well as fun activities, puzzles, and cartoons.
WEB LINKS & RESOURCES
EDUCATION LINKS FOR TEACHERS
By Paula Shackleton