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Writers Against Racism: BEYOND FREEDOM by Patricia Q. Wall

Recently released, Beyond Freedom (Fall Rose Books, November 25, 2009) by Patricia Q. Wall should hopefully find its way into America’s classrooms, since it appears to be a valiant effort at trying to teach a part of American slavery that is oftentimes overlooked. "Wall said the research that went into the book was "very enlightening," uncovering an age in New England [...]

Writers Against Racism: DUCK FOR TURKEY DAY

If you want to spice up your Thanksgiving Day festivities, do visit A Patchwork of Books blog . Book reviewer, Amanda, is the writer and she’s also a children’s librarian whose featured review, Duck for Turkey Day (Albert Whitman & Company, 2009) by Jacqueline Jules, is good add to your menu and your bookshelves.  Amanda writes… "Tuyet, a Vietnamese-American girl, is incredibly disappointed…and [...]

Writers Against Racism: Books by LUCHA CORPI

"Bronzeword: Championing the Diversity and Excellence of Latino Literature." -Jo Ann Hernandez from BronzeWord Latino Authors  W.A.R writer, Jo Ann Hernandez sent me a newsletter which features Latino(a) authors and their upcoming book tours.  LUCHA CORPI is a poet, novelist, and children’s book author, and is this month’s featured author.  This modified list of Corpi’s books comes via the [...]

Writers Against Racism: Reading Lists For Grades 9-12

In an effort to get these W.A.R. Reading Lists into more schools, the title of my posts will have to be searchable by using effective keywords, so I will strategize different variations. Also, this is a work in progress so pardon me on formatting and number of books.  W.A.R. writer, and author, George Stanley commented recently. [...]

Writers Against Racism: Why?

Do you think book publishers are aware (or even care), how people like me interpret their catalogs? I’ll also note that the publishers I contacted for the W.A.R. series have not yet responded to my questions - I know, everyone’s busy. But Square Fish sent me their Winter 2010 catalog and I must say, the new paperback releases look awesome! They are featuring [...]

Writers Against Racism: Shelton Johnson

"Race is the core of this history, the heart of this history," he said. "It shows that the national parks are as much a cultural resource as a natural resource." -Shelton Johnson (comes via SFGate article – Park ranger asks: Where are the black visitors? by Peter Fimrite, Chronicle Staff Writer)  I saw this quote from [...]

Writers Against Racism: Ebony Joy Wilkins

Ebony Joy Wilkins is a writer and educator. She is the author of SELLOUT (July 2010 Scholastic Press). Briefly describe the impact racism had on you as a young person. I have heard people say, ‘I don’t see in color,’ and I believe that is admirable. Unfortunately, because of my experiences with racism as a child, [...]

Writers Against Racism: Students & Eracisim

*CLICK HERE IF YOUR VIDEO PLAYER DOESN’T WORK*  A group of library information students gathered for a virtual debate to discuss the effects of multiculturalism by using the Flat Classroom Project as a model. (via Eastchester sixth-graders debate diversity in global project by Randi Weiner) After reading the article and wanting to learn more, I stumbled upon this [...]

Writers Against Racism: Carole Boston Weatherford

Carole Boston Weatherford is the award-winning author of more than 30 books, including Becoming Billie Holiday, Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, and Birmingham, 1963.      Briefly describe the impact racism had on you as a young person.   At an all-black elementary school in Baltimore, my teachers celebrated my gifts [...]

Writers Against Racism: Bowllan’s Mailbag

Dear Amy, I so much enjoy your blog on SLJ. I remember that you wrote a great piece about CLAUDETTE COLVIN: TWICE TOWARDS JUSTICE last spring.  I thought you might like to see a YouTube I have just pulled together from photos and audio clips of author Phillip Hoose and Claudette’s recent appearances. You can [...]