Books That Make Life Better. A PowerPoint Presentation, presented on July 31, 2022 in partnership with Arts & Education Continuum.
Here we discussed the first book that had a character/s that we could relate to. Do you remember what book that was? Does it still speak to you?
Here we looked at books authored by African Americans in various genres. The diversity within the Diaspora matters to the way we live together in community and how we embrace our similarities.
There are books that help us to see the world in new and exciting ways. There are also books that help us see ourselves and the people around us in ways that force us to grow. Take a moment to think about the books that have done this for you.
The African American Authors from the Harlem Renaissance period made a very profound impact on the literary world. Books by writers such as Richard Wright, Zora Neal Hurston, Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Dorothy West, Claude McKay and Nella Larson are read by Public High School students, and turned into movies. Their literature and poetry still peak profoundly to the Black experience in America.
Toni Morrison speaks on her experience as a writer with The White Gaze. She is unapologetic about writing about Black People for Black People.
The artform of poetry has been a way to speak power to truth in the African American Community. It is also a way to express love of self, of family, love our community and love for the Beautiful Black People that we are.
Listen to Sonia Sanchez reads her wonderful poem, What Does It Mean To Be Human?
Children's Books have made a difference to children developing character, imagination and the ability to embrace others in positive ways. From bedtime stories, to class room readings and story time at local libraries and bookstores, reading to and with children has made a lasting impact on the lives of children. Let us keep books accessible to children. Get them a library card. Take them to book events and keep books around them with pictures of children that look like them and their peers so that they never forget that they matter.
With the call to ban books that are classics and important to the literary world, it is up to book loves like us to keep reading and to keep encouraging others to read. Join a book club, start a book club, apply for or renew your library card, attend book festivals and readings of authors. Keep the importance of books alive in our communities. Reading is more than fundamental, it is essential to the betterment of our lives. Happy Reading!
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