Tuesday, January 31, 2006

LET's TALK ABOUT IT - African American History Month

What are your plans for African American History Month?

How do you celebrate?

How do you pass on the history.

Let’s Talk about it this month.
Share your memories of African American history month.


Anonymous said...

Black History as I witnessed it.

Written 05 February 2006 by Minnie E Miller

Barbara Jordan and I were the same age at the time I had the honor of meeting her--23 or 24 years old. She mesmerized the audience when she gave a rousing speech supporting Jack Kennedy for president. At the moment I decided to be like Ms. Jordan. She knew who she was, wasn’t afraid to speak her mind, and her color didn’t make her hang back. Her voice thundered throughout the auditorium when she spoke. She was a strong Black woman.

Read about her at http://www2.lhric.org/Pocantico/womenenc/jordan.htm

This is another program about Ms. Jordan.

PRI Programs: Rediscovering Barbara Jordan

(This story will air on PRI at 7 p.m. Sunday, 2.5.06. Check the website for your city’s listing.)

On the evening of July 25, 1974, Barbara Jordan awakened America. For over a year, the nation had been mired in Watergate. The protracted conflict had created a weary uncertainty in the national consciousness, confronted by mounting evidence of presidential misdeeds. That evening in the House chamber, it took only 13 minutes for the black freshman congresswoman with the powerful voice to re-focus the country's will and faith in its Constitution. Within two weeks, President Richard Nixon resigned.

"Rediscovering Barbara Jordan" chronicles the life of this remarkable woman, from her early years growing up in the Jim Crow South, through her election to the Texas Senate, to her ultimate national status as a skilled politician with a steadfast moral compass and a statesman's dignity.

Who was this remarkable person, and how did she learn to meld political cunning with Christian ethics? "Rediscovering Barbara Jordan" answers those questions thoroughly and compassionately, looking at the black church in the South, the unique nature of the Houston ward Jordan represented, the arc of the Civil Rights Movement when she was active in it, and the people whose insight and influence she valued.

KUT/Austin (TX)

LaShaunda said...

On Monday, February 6, 2006 at 9:00 p.m. EST, Lifetime Television will air the movie, For One Night, starring Raven-Symoné, Aisha Tyler and Jason Lewis. Tyler portrays Shandra as a native-turned-journalist who helps shed light on her hometown by focusing national and international media attention on her high school alma mater's plans for the school’s first integrated prom.

The story is inspired by the true story of how Shandra pitched the news of Taylor County, Georgia, holding its first integrated prom in 2002 to media contacts, sparking widespread exposure, all the while serving as a liaison between the teenager who convinced her peers to support one prom—for blacks and whites—and the media.

We hope you will get an opportunity to watch. The movie premieres Monday and is scheduled to re-air in March. Both Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide have given the movie impressive reviews.

Please spread the word and check out Shandra's bio on the Lifetime Television Web site (www.lifetimetv.com). The link is below.


LaShaunda said...

In honor of Black History Month, three local (Tallahassee, Florida) bookstores are hosting events for published and self-published authors. You're cordially invited to attend the following:

FAMU's Campus Bookstore, February 13th (Monday), 11:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Local authors: Irma Clark, Marilynn Griffith, and Barbara Joe-Williams will be available

to autograph copies of their novels. (Join us for a Pre-Valentine's Day

book signing event)

Barnes & Noble Bookstores, February 18th (Saturday), 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Local authors: Irma Clark, Marilynn Griffith, Barbara Joe-Williams, and Sylvia A.Thomas

(other writers maybe joining us for this panel showcasing AA Authors)

Amen-Ra's Bookshop & Gallery, February 25th (Saturday) 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Local authors: Sharon Ames-Dennard, Irma Clark, Dana Dennard, Carol Dickson-Carr,

Darryl Dickson-Carr, Gladys Gikiri, Marilynn Griffith, Chanta Haywood,

Barbara Joe-Williams, Juliette McDonald, Sylvia A. Thomas, Rosalind

Thompkins-Whiteside (others may be joining us for a day of celebrating

local authors)

Please forward to anyone on your e-mail list that might be interested in attending.

Remember to support the arts! Stay tuned for updates!!!

Barbara Joe-Williams
Author/Publisher of:
Forgive Us This Day
One Sister's Guide to Self-Publishing
Dancing with Temptation
850-264-3341 cell
850-878-1006 fax

LaShaunda said...

Living Under God by Michael Tait and TobyMac -- This companion volume to the bestselling Under God once again showcases African-American heroes in the historic struggle against slavery and racism in America. The book juxtaposes stories of heroism with similar Biblical passages and then challenges the reader to apply it to their lives in order to truly live Under God.

Read more at http://www.bethanyhouse.com/livingundergod and http://www.undergodthebook.com.

Sharon Ewell Foster and the Ain't No Valley/Get Lifted Scholarship -- Bestselling African-American novelist Sharon Ewell Foster most recent novel Ain't No Valley is a funky, soulful, and inspiring novel about new beginnings and learning to rise above adversity to glean the best of life. Sprinkled with Foster’s signature style of humor, this stand-alone contemporary novel appeals across age, gender, and cultural distinctives.

River Rising by Athol Dickson (just released!) -- Set in Louisiana against the great flood of 1927, Dickson's protagonist Hale Poser is portrayed as something of a modern day Moses. This historical mystery has been receiving praise from around the country as it delves into the deep themes of racial reconciliation and prejudice, and has an eerie resonance with the recent floods in Louisiana.

To read more about River Rising and Athol Dickson, visit http://www.bethanyhouse.com/riverrisingatholdickson/index.htm or http://www.bethanyhouse.com/riverrising to learn more.

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