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Writers Against Racism: Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award

One week from today… Announcement by the Coretta Scott King Committee of the American Library Association of first recipient of the Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award. About the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement To recognize an African American author, illustrator, or author/illustrator for a body of his or her published [...]

Writers Against Racism: Virginia Hamilton’s Love Story With Literature – Part 1

There’s an old saying, When the student is ready, the teacher appears. Thank you, teacher, Arnold Adoff! And when I was a toddler trying to break out of diapers – the cloth kind – Virginia Hamilton was carrying the W.A.R. torch. And until recently, I had NO idea how much she contributed to the literary community! Why didn’t I [...]

Writers Against Racism: CHAINS Trailer by Carmen Escamilla

I received the following email from one of my loyal readers and commenters, Beverly Sue Herrera: Dear Amy, I am sending you the book trailer for CHAINS [by Laurie Halse Anderson]. Our librarian, Carmen Escamilla, made it to encourage students to read books by a variety of authors, and on a variety of topics. Carmen [...]

Writers Against Racism: "Playing for Change"

If you’re in the NYC area on Thursday, January 14, my friend David Alpert from The Calhoun School would like to invite you to a Q&A and screening of PLAYING FOR CHANGE with filmmaker Mark Johnson. The Calhoun Performing Arts Series presents Playing for Change A documentary film about the unifying power of music Thursday, January 14, 2010, [...]

Writers Against Racism: “Who I am comes out in what I write,”

…are the words of Katherine Paterson in today’s New York Times as she prepares to lead as national ambassador for young people’s literature.  By MOTOKO RICH New Envoy’s Old Advice for Children: Read More “I want people to be reading about children of other places and other races and religions,” she said. “I think novels are [...]

Writers Against Racism: Amazing Sand Art by Kseniya Simonova

As I launch into the new year with one of my goals to help erase racism, globally, a friend of my mother’s forwarded to her, "Ukraine’s Got Talent," Kseniya Simonova. Kseniya, who’s just 24 takes us through a variety of sand art images of the German invasion during World War II. And simply stated, after watching this video, I realized how the [...]

Writers Against Racism: Kakie Fitzsimmons Part 2

After Kakie’s interview yesterday, she took the W.A.R. questions to the next level and writes… "It got me to thinking, “How could we take literature in this medium and ask the same question about social media?” How Can Social Media be Used to Combat the Effects of Racism and Promote Tolerance? by Kakie Fitzsimmons I do hope you’ll visit [...]

Writers Against Racism: Sphinx Builds

The Sphinx Builds which gives students