Friday, June 19, 2020

Thinking about racism ~ on Juneteenth


Yale University is offering a free course on African American history from emancipation to the present.  The article posted on Facebooks says that "the time commitment is about 2 hours per week for approximately 13 weeks."  The course is taught by Jonathan Holloway, a former Yale professor of History and African American Studies, and was recorded in 2010.  It’s part of the university’s Open Yale Courses, which provides free access to a number of introductory lessons taught by distinguished Yale University teachers and scholars.  I'm considering it.  Interested?

Pamela and Jeffrey Blair, owners of EyeSeeMe African American Children's Bookstore

This is also a good day for me to give a shoutout to the EyeSeeMe African American Children's Bookstore at 6951 Olive Blvd in University City.  Donna and I used to visit the store when I still had a car.  I was impressed with the store and the owner Pam.  The store cannot be open right now because of the pandemic, but you can check out their website.  Even if you are not in St. Louis, I recommend ordering books from them online.  They have a great selection, and looking over their books may give you ideas for some excellent books.  They also have Book Box Subscriptions for age levels:  Board Books for ages 0-2, Pre-School for ages 3-5, Elementary for ages 6-9, Middle Grade for ages 10-13, and Young Adult for ages 14-18.

What books have you found lately that are helping you understand this moment in time?


I'm Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I'm a huge fan of children's picture books. I loved reading a picture book yesterday called The Little Book of Little Activists. It felt inspiring to see kids taking part in meaningful protests.

I love Jacqueline Woodson's The Other Side.

Helen's Book Blog said...

I just took an MIT course about equity in education and it was really good. The online free courses are great and the Yale one sounds tempting though I've been saying yes to lots of things lately. But, I could start it and drop out if I need to....