This month has been back to back celebration of all the excellence Black trailblazers, innovators and Ancestors contributed to our nation. I couldn't be more proud to share snippets of the library's efforts to honor Black History then and now.
In honor of BHM then the library sponsored a Quilting Bee where we worked on patches to add to our "Dessau Unity Quilt" that the wonderful Mrs. Vickie West will compile into a wonderful quilt to display in the library. Here's a video highlighting excerpts from the day!
Because so much of African American's history is riddled with unfortunate hatred and bondage, it was imperative that the BHM now centered on understanding the struggles of those ahead of us who fought the good fight. Therefore, we made a "light-hearted research" activity (light = research w/o a paper) and combined it with art to create a unique twist on our "Family Tree."
This is what happens when you collaborate w/your Art Instructor! We made our own #BHM family trees. We researched our trailblazers & their contributions. Quick combo of research & art! @PfISDLibraries @DDV1360 @DessauMS #DessauRising #AwakenLibrarian pic.twitter.com/XanbwtmHoT— AwakenLibrarian (@awakenlibrarian) February 22, 2022
Another shining example of Black History Now is this riveting truth about our need for "Hoodies." It's the perfect "Post Trayvon Martin" salute and explanation, why #TeamHoodiesUp, is needed for adults, youths and anyone so inclined to adorn themselves with a hoodie:
We gotta talk about hoodies, y’all. This is very vulnerable and it’s a realization I’m coming to about myself. I know I’m not alone. pic.twitter.com/4eAdWDWJg9— Chanea (shuh-Nay) (@heymrsbond) March 8, 2022
Last but certainly not least, we have to give thanks to those that uplift and inspire us. This month's celebration wouldn't be much without the blood, tears and sacrifice of our Ancestors. Our dance team encompassed that "spirit of fortitude" in a praise dance. Bravo ladies for a job well done!
For those that couldn't join our webinar today, stay tuned...it was recorded and I will post a link or embed it as soon as it's available. In the mean time, check out this promotional tweet!
Friendly reminder that today, I will present a collaborative lesson on "Demystifying Black Culture through Children's Picture Books." https://t.co/aAtMijCTq4 Don't forget that the 1st Spider-Woman was a Black Librarian!! @DessauMS @PfISDLibraries #pfisdreads pic.twitter.com/379xyJNpDS— AwakenLibrarian (@awakenlibrarian) February 28, 2022
As promised, here's the webinar over "Demystifying Black Culture Through Picture Books!"