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Writers Against Racism: “Honoring A Legacy of Service” Today is Cesar Chavez Day

As we remember and honor the late Latino labor leader, César Chávez, let’s look for ways to generate a spirit for change so hate crimes like this, NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN. On César Chávez… Today I’ve been reading articles and watching videos about his life and his struggle for the rights of farm workers. This particular […]

Writers Against Racism: Is Diversity Necessary?

Uncle Frank took this picture and I remember it like yesterday

I HOPE this post is relevant, as I am a TAD bit sheepish about the picture (see below). Anyway… A guiding question I have been asked recently, that deserves a pause:  Why is diversity necessary for a school community?  My reasoning is based on my own personal experiences and what I have learned as a […]

Writers Against Racism: NAIS In Pursuit of the Multicultural Curriculum


In 1999, the National Association of Independent Schools published a cover story, ON THE ROAD TO EQUITY AND JUSTICE. One article in that series that is a must read:  IN PURSUIT OF THE MULTICULTURAL CURRICULUM Preparing Students for a Diverse Society by Lucinda Lee Katz. In it Katz writes, “Despite the risks involved, our curricula […]

Writers Against Racism: Byron Pitts on 60 Minutes Overtime

If you do nothing else today, please watch Byron Pitt’s interview with Ann Silvio, The “N-word”: Is it ever okay to say it? (via 60 Minutes Overtime) *WARNING* the advertisements and other distractions on the CBS website  may need some sorting through. BUT… After watching Byron’s interview I wondered…is the word ‘nigger’ a historical word […]

Writers Against Racism: After the earthquake – Japanese children’s author Noriko Kudoh

I received an e-mail from Japan! The following  Japan update comes via my blogger friend, Annie Donwerth Chikamatsu. Annie has a phenomenal photo blog for children, HERE AND THERE JAPAN and wanted me to pass along the following post, which is also posted on her blog: Japanese Children’s Author Noriko Kudoh’s Message of Hope After Japan’s […]

Writers Against Racism: 60 MINUTES and “Huckleberry Finn”

Just in case you missed 60 Minutes (on CBS) last weekend, Byron Pitts reported on the neverending “Huckleberry Finn” saga and the use of the word nigger.  He did a great job by showing all aspects of the controversy.  Take a look. Since I was in high school, I have been on the fence as to whether or not Huck and […]

Writers Against Racism: Marc Aronson’s Post

I strongly encourage you to read fellow blogger, Marc’s post… Two African-American Moms Address the Achievement Gap. In it he discusses the goals of this new blog, Ground Control Parenting (Thanks for sharing this, Marc!) but he also sheds a spotlight on a topic that is near and dear to me, or at least that’s […]

Writers Against Racism: Prayers for Japan

The grief we are all feeling for Japan is immeasurable. Today I found a glimmer of comfort as I watched Emperor Akihito first-ever television address to his people.

Writers Against Racism: Irene Smalls


Award-winning Author/Storyteller, Irene Smalls, is the author of 8 multicultural books for children. She is writing a 12-month Black History book series based on slave narratives. Specializing in physically engaging children with reading, Smalls has performed her Literacise program all over the world. Briefly describe the impact racism had on you as a young person. […]

Writers Against Racism: Dr. Nnedi Okorafor on The Africa Channel’s “Behind the Words”


I’m midway through W.A.R., Dr. Nnedi Okorafor’s latest novel, AKATA WITCH [Viking Juvenile (April 14, 2011)] and it’s got ‘made for tv‘ all over it.  Page turner! So as I am   preparing for my review, I was over at Okorafor’s blog this morning and stumbled upon a video explaining her life. Riveting! From dealing […]