Bridge Street Theatre to Celebrate Black History Month with TURNING 15 ON THE ROAD TO FREEDOM
In celebration of Black History Month, an electrifying first-hand account of the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery takes the stage at Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre on February 10, 11, and 12.
Originally developed at Fiorello LaGuardia High School for Music, Art, and Performing Arts in NYC, this stage adaptation of Lynda Blackmon Lowery’s award-winning book for young readers is directed by actress, author, director and teacher Ally Sheedy and powerfully performed by dynamic young actress Damaras Obi.
Suggested reading on civil rights movement and Martin Luther King Jr.
“Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama” by Hester Bass; illustrated by E. B. Lewis
“We March” by Shane W. Evans
“Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down” by Andrea Davis Pinkney; illustrated by Brian Pinkney
“Belle, the Last Mule at Gee’s Bend” by Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Bettye Stroud; illustrated by John Holyfield
“28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World” by Charles R. Smith; illustrated by Shane W. Evans
“Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation” by Duncan Tonatiuh
“Lillian’s Right to Vote” by Jonah Winter; illustrated by Shane Evans
“Freedom in Congo Square” by Carole Boston Weatherford
“Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights, and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Hours” by Ann Bausum
“Birmingham Sunday” by Larry Dane Brimner
“The Girl from the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement” by Teri Kanefield
“Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March” by Lynda Blackmon Lowery as told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley; illustrated by PJ Loughran
“Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement” by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by Ekua Holmes
“Revolution” by Deborah Wiles
“Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson
High school and older
“Black & White: The Confrontation Between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene ‘Bull’ Connor” by Larry Dane Brimner
“We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March” by Cynthia Levinson
“No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller” by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
“Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary” by Elizabeth Partridge
Illustrator Kadir Nelson Envisions Martin Luther King Jr. for Cover of New Yorker
THIS WEEK’S THE NEW YORKER boasts a cover image of Martin Luther King Jr., by Los Angeles artist Kadir Nelson. In the illustration, the civil rights legend’s brow is furrowed.
“What would Dr. King think of the world today? My image is a celebration of Dr. King and his vision. What happened to his dream of racial and economic equality, and what is the impact of non-violent resistance over half a century later?” – Kadir Nelson, The New Yorker
Remembering King: 10 Books to Celebrate M.L. King Jr. Day
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace – Patricia & Fredrick Jr. McKissack
The simple text and illustrations describe the life and accomplishments of the revered civil rights pioneer
I Have a Dream – Kadir Nelson
On August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, Martin Luther King gave one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in our nation’s history. His words, paired with Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson’s magnificent paintings, make for a picture book certain to be treasured by children and adults alike.
I’ve Seen the Promised Land: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Walter Dean Myers
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is one of the most celebrated figures of the twentieth century. A crusader for nonviolent social justice, he led African Americans in their demands for equality through peaceful protests during one of the most tumultuous times in recent history. Set against key moments in the civil rights movement, here is the story of the powerful, eloquent spiritual leader and his belief that nonviolence could be used to overcome racial discrimination.
NBC News: From Hashtag to Movement to Book: #WeNeedDiverseBooks Publishes First Anthology
started as a hashtag response to an all-white, all-male panel of children’s book authors at a 2014 BookCon reader event has resulted in a newly-published book aiming to promote diversity in children’s literature.
Since 2014, the hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks has grown into the We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) nonprofit organization supporting diversity in children’s literature.
Now, its first book – “Flying Lessons & Other Stories,” a middle-grade anthology for children ages 8 to 12 released this week by Crown Books for Young Readers.
Stories range from basketball dreams to family fiascos, first crushes, new neighborhoods, and more.
State building named for student whose civil rights strike led to school changes
The newly-renovated state building that houses the Office of the Attorney General has been named after Barbara Johns, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced at the Community Leaders Breakfast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Friday morning.
PW Picks: Books of the Week, January 9, 2017
The March Against Fear: The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power
Ann Bausum. National Geographic Children’s, $18.99 (144p) ISBN 978-1-4263-2665-3
In a powerful and timely book, Bausum (Stonewall) focuses her attention on the last great march of the civil rights era, the March Against Fear, from Memphis, Tenn., to Jackson, Miss., in June 1966.
This exemplary look into civil rights history concludes with perspective and encouragement regarding ongoing struggles for social change.
A Grown-Up Learning Experience for a Nine-Year-Old: A Week in Jail
Cynthia Levinson and illustrator Vanessa Brantley Newton have brought to life the experience of Audrey Faye Hendricks who listened wide-eyed and thoughtfully at grown-up talk about fighting for Civil Rights. It’s a picture book called The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist.
Obituary: Marilyn Sachs
Sachs credits her desire to avoid bullying, and a rich family history of storytellers, as catalysts for developing a talent for “rearranging the truth” and telling tales.
Kerry James Marshall and Faith Ringgold Receive CAA Awards for Distinction
The College Art Association (CAA) has announced the recipients of the 2017 Awards for Distinction, which celebrates the achievements of artists, art historians, authors, conservators, curators, and critics whose work has an impact both in their professional fields and the art world at large.
Kerry James Marshall is the recipient of the 2017 CAA Artist Award for Distinguished Body of Work, while Faith Ringgold is the winner of the 2017 CAA Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Ringgold, who is widely considered one of the most influential living African American artists, has been awarded for her multidisciplinary work, comprising painting, quilts, sculpture, performance, and children’s books, which explores Civil Rights, racial justice, feminism, and art history.
Kirsten Greenidge on adapting the beloved Bud, Not Buddy for the stage
When Christopher Paul Curtis wrote the children’s book, Bud, Not Buddy, in 1999 it quickly became a darling among book critics and beloved by families everywhere. The cherished book won two prestigious awards: the 2000 John Newbery Medal for Excellence in Children’s Literature and the Coretta Scott King Award.
“It could all sound very bleak and if you take all the little things that happen to him, it sounds awful, but I hope people find there is a lot of inspiration in this little boy’s story. He never gives up and he find the good in people, and the people he meets, finds the humanity in him.”
Abbot Library to host Poetry Salon
The Abbot Public Library will host a Poetry Salon about Lucille Clifton from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 22 at the library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead.
She is noted for saying much with few words. Poet Robin Becker commented on Clifton’s lean style: “Clifton’s poetics of understatement – no capitalization, few strong stresses per line, many poems totaling fewer than 20 lines, the sharp rhetorical question – includes the essential only.”
For Clifton, writing was “a way of continuing to hope … perhaps, for me, it is a way of remembering I am not alone.”
On this day, the ground convulsed in Haiti, killing thousands
Renowned Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat dedicated a memorial wall in honor of those killed during the quake’s 35 seconds. “We would need never-ending walls to write all of the names,” Danticat said during the ceremony. “We are here remembering the faces, the smiles, the hopes, the dreams of each and every one of those who died seven years ago and what they meant to those who loved them.”
Since 1953, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award annually acknowledges
books published in the U.S. during the previous year. Books commended by the
Award address themes of topics that engage children in thinking about peace,
justice, world community and/or equality of the sexes and all races. The books
also must meet conventional standards of literacy and artistic excellence.
A national committee chooses winners and honor books for younger and older children.