Tuesday, March 29, 2011

PBS - African American Genealogy Tips

Watch the full episode. See more History Detectives.

Tracing your family history and sharing the stories of your family is a powerful gift of empowerment for your children.  PBS is offering information to help families get started.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Celebrate the Power of Words and Stories -Take Action for Global Literacy


We will be joining Lit World for their celebration of World Read Aloud Day on March 9, 2011
Here is their  info...
Celebrate the Power of Words and Stories and Take Action for Global Literacy

Nearly 1 billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their name. What would you miss most if you could not read or write? Imagine your world without words.

World Read Aloud Day is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology. By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their future: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their words to change the world.

Across the globe nearly 171 million children could be lifted out of poverty if they left school with basic reading and writing skills. Quality literacy education is the difference between life and death, prosperity and despair. This is literacy for survival.

You can participate by spreading the word, reading with loved ones, organizing a community event, or if you're in the New York City area, join their  24-hour Read Aloud Marathon in Times Square...
Register to join the movement now!  Visit http://www.litworld.org/worldreadaloudday/

 If you need ideas for books to read aloud or just to enjoy with your child, visit http://thebrownbookshelf.com/28-days-later/.  They celebrate children's book authors and illustrators of color for Black History Month highlighting a new artist for each of the twenty eight days of Black History Month.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Three Young Sisters Send An “Open Letter” Video to Lil Wayne

  “Watoto from the Nile,” consisting of sisters, Nia (10), Nya (9), and Kamaria (5) say they are representing for their sisters in their latest video, An Open Letter to Lil Wayne. Why? because he talks about drugs, is disrespectful and calls women out of their name. So they are representing for a new generation of Queens.