I. Children’s Books for the Months of May-June 2017 Outsale All Genres
Did you buy a children’s book in the month of May or June. “Children’s books outsold all genres for the May/June period” Your purchase help to make this happen according to Tony Johnson, Founder and Webmaster of AALBC.com (African American Literature Book Club). The book club is in need of your support; AALBC.com. The July 29, 2017 post has an interesting article titled “How is African American Literature Really Doing?” The article adds support, pro the issue of diversity. I recommend it.
II. Persons of Significance to Diversity
Bill Blank, standup comedian, alumni and recent inductee to Des Moines, Iowa’s North High School Alumni Hall of Fame, raised money for a senior trip for the school’s baseball team. Blank, class of 1996, took the team to the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO. The May 23, 2017 West Des Moines Register article says that Blank is a team supporter.
The grandfather in my children’s book, A Birthday Story, supported the Detroit Stars, members of the Negro League, and the name of a local children’s baseball team in the story.
Debbie Roush Killinger, class of 1968 North High School and inductee to the Alumni Hall of Fame, donated more than 125 scholarships for students at Morehouse College, Washington State University, Bellevue College, University of Washington School of Drama and North High School. West Des Moines Register, May 23 2017.
III. Showcasing: Sonia Sanchez
Sonia Sanchez, poet, playwright, activist, educator (britannica.com/biography), was born September 9, 1934, in Birmingham, Alabama. I had the pleasure of being one of her students during the Black Arts Movement in the 60’s. Recently I received an old article about her, “Sonia Sanchez: Poet Of Black Women”, written by Sue Chastain, that begins “The tiny Black woman with the gray-frosted braids was nearly dwarfed by the podium, but her voice – harsh and driving, then sinking almost to a whisper, then swelling to a keening wail – filled the small lecture hall.” This is my memory of her as I sat in the 60’s listening to her read and discuss her poetry. Thanks Sonia for the inspiration.
A Birthday Story, by Lana Jean Mitchell can be bought on amazon.com, B&N.com, xlibris.com and Beaverdale Books.com.
My condolences to the family of Heather Heyer who died in the Charlotteville protest.