Nat Turner: Mentioned but Not Widely Discussed

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โ€œNat Turner led a slave rebellion in 1831, and that it was a significant event…Who is this man who is so important enough to be mentioned in all the history books, yet is never spoken at length?โ€ (Baker 6) This statement made me reflect on my school days. In school, I do not remember learning much about Nat Turner or, for that matter, any other black Americans until I had Mr. Andre Holmesโ€™ 7th grade Social Studies class. He is the reason that my classmates and I learned about black history. We loved going to class his class every day. He made us want to know more about ourselves as young African Americans. His class had such a profound affect on me that I knew, without a shadow of a doubt, I was going to attend an historically Black College and University (HBCU).

This graphic novel tells the story of Nat Turner in a compelling way. The most unique feature is the lack of dialogue. In reading this story, I had to look carefully at the illustrations to comprehend the story. It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and Barkerโ€™s art work is a thousand words multiplied by infinity. These illustrations allow readers to understand the evils of slavery. He depicts this inhumane institution so well that readers can feel the intensity. If you want to learn about a part of history that is rarely discussed, then this graphic novel is for you.

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The Reading Continues

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A New Read…

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Incognegro: An Unknown Superhero

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Superman. Aquaman. Batman. Black Lightning. You may have heard of these superheroes, but have you ever heard of Incognegro? Like these superheroes, Incognegro fights for truth. His mission is for justice to prevail and racial inequality to cease. However, out of all these heroes, Incognegro has much in common with Superman.

By day, Superman is Clark Kent; Incognegro is Zane Pinchback. Clark Kent works for the Daily Planet as a reporter; Zane Pinchback is a reporter for the New Holland Herald. Just as Superman has special powers, so does Incognegro. However, Incognegro’s power allows him to report gruesome details about the lynchings of African Americans, while being black. Due to his skin complexion, he has the ability to โ€œpassโ€ as a white man. Therefore, without getting caught, he is able to attend lynchings throughout the South. However, there have been times in which his identity has been revealed, but he has managed to escape the lynchers because he knows that if he is captured, then his consequences will be extremely dire.

Growing weary of reporting about lynchings, Zane wants a new occupation, something totally different. He wants to write about the Harlem Renaissance as Zane Pinchback. However, his supervisor has other plans. He wants Zane to travel to Tupelo, Mississippi to complete one last mission. There are only two problems. First, he will be unknowingly reporting about the lynching of his brother, Alonzo Pinchback. Second, his best friend, Carl, decides to travel to Tupelo because he wants to become the new Incognegro. He believes that on-the-job training is the best type of training, but in this case, is it? Will Incognegro be able to rescue Alonzo in time? Is Carl making a wise decision? Read this exciting graphic novel and pay attention to Warren Pleece’s illustrations because they truly capture every word on each page. I promise that you will not be disappointed.

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The Walking Dead, Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars

The Walking Dead, Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars opens with the group, led by Rick Grimes, searching for a place that they can call home. On their journey, they discover a prison, which looks to be a promising salvation for these weary travelers. But before this new residence can be called a permanent home, it must be cleared of certain inhabitants, zombies. In addition to the zombies, they meet Dexter, Axel, Andrew, and Thomas, prisoners who have been locked in the cafeteria.

Even though some of the prisoners have been incarcerated for various crimes, Rick’s group and Dexter’s group are coexisting because they have the basic necessities in life: food and shelter. Hence, life for them is great right now. Besides, when travelers are beyond exhausted and inmates are experiencing a new freedom and do not know how to survive in an apocalypse, it would make sense for them to live together in a peaceful manner.  

Expectedly, the parents continue to experience challenges with raising their children, which requires more energy due to this apocalypse. Also, as with the previous volumes, death is inevitable in this new world. The loss of life will cause some of the residents to experience a hurt that will be everlasting. For the readers, they will ponder if there really is safety behind bars. 

Who dies? Who is the murderer? Have the deaths fractured the relationships in Rick’s group? Have the deaths caused an end to the tranquility between both groups? How will the residents move forward together? What does Rick discover at Shane’s grave? Read this Volume 3 to find out the answers to these questions. Note: AMC’s prison storyline is much different than the graphic novel. Therefore, if you have not read the book, do so because you will be surprised.

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The Dirty Thirties

The Great American Dust Bowl — Don Brown

What a great way to teach history to younger students. Not only is the text informative but also the illustrations are extremely descriptive. Don Brown tells the story of a turbulent time in history, The Dust Bowl. In this quick read, students will learn vocabulary terms, such as The Dust Bowl of the Continent, The Dirty Thirties, dusters, black blizzards, and dust pneumonia. These young minds will learn about the causes and effects of this catastrophic period and more importantly, they will have fun learning it.

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March: Book One John Lewis

A Turning Point

I tutor a student in reading, and she has come a long way from when I initially started working with her. Last summer, she was a rising 6th grader, but she was reading at the 4th grade level. This young student had a negative attitude towards reading and had no interest in picking up a book to read. Her mom asked me if I would work with her, and there was no way that I was going to say no.

Although she complained because she wanted to have her summer off, we worked together twice a week. Since she has “old school” parents, I had to laugh when they told her that she had no choice but to improve with her reading and that learning during summer was an option. It was a struggle, at first, because her fear of reading was really deep. However, the more we worked together, the more she began to feel comfortable.

We read a variety of print, which includes comic books and graphic novels because she loves them. Last week, we met for our session, and I told her that I had a surprise for her. She likes history, so I showed her a copy of March: Book One by John Lewis. I explained to her the purpose for this graphic novel and why I thought she would like it. When I told her that this copy now belonged to her, the look on her face was priceless. Then, the reading began. She read the first five pages, but she wanted to read them again. I told her to read with attitude this time, and she gave me ATTITUDE! I was so proud of her because she was not afraid; she was confident; she commanded the text. She is a different reader from last summer. She asked how many pages she had to read for our next session; I told her that was up to her. She replied, “Good!” I have a feeling that she will read many pages if not the entire graphic novel. When she said, “I’m glad Mr. Lewis wrote this book for students like me,” I knew that this was her turning point.

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The Walking Dead: Volume 2, Miles Behind Us

*****SPOILER ALERT*****

In The Walking Dead: Volume 2, Miles Behind Us, Lori is having flashbacks about having to leave Rick because he is in a coma at the hospital. While trying to seek safety in their changing society, Shane, (remember him), helps Lori and Carl. In the midst of the madness, Lori and Shane find solace in one another. When Lori confesses to Shane, โ€œIโ€™ve wanted this for so long,โ€ it makes me question if she chose the wrong man to marry. Unfortunately, Shaneโ€™s plan for โ€œhappily ever afterโ€ changes when Rick accidentally finds his family. However, Shane is no longer a threat to Rickโ€™s family because he is deadโ€ฆsorry Shane fans. 

In addition to Rick, Lori, Carl, Andrea, Dale, Allen, Donna, Billy, Ben, Carol, Sophia, and Glenn, new members are added to the group: Tyrese, his daughter, Julie, and her boyfriend, Chris. They are looking for food and shelter, and just when they have nothing else to eat, they run into Rickโ€™s group. When they begin to look for a decent neighborhood in which to live, they find Wilshire Estates. It seems like the group hits the jackpot, but this is not the case. Therefore, they immediately leave but without gathering food that was in the homes. While hunting for food, a terrible accident, which involves Carl, takes place, and the group meets Herschel Greene and his immediate and extended families. Herschel has six children: Lacey, Arnold, Maggie, Billy, Rachel, and Susie. Otis and his girlfriend, Patricia, are his extended family. 

In this new world, Rick Grimesโ€™ group is learning that nothing and no one can be taken for granted. They are appreciative for the smallest things, such as showers, commodes, beds, food, and even space. Rick and Tyrese even miss watching NFL football games, but Tyrese misses it more because he is an ex-NFL player. However, some things, such as discipline, do not change. These parents still guide their children if they do something that can put them in harmโ€™s way. This apocalyptic world is causing these parents to be more protective of their children than ever before. 

Consequently, this new way of life is definitely challenging the group. Tempers flare, teenagers know it all, and decisions and actions are questioned. Logic is what this group needs the most, especially when Herschel tells Rick that it is time for the group to leave his farm. Find out how they manage in The Walking Dead: Volume 2, Miles Behind Us.  Be on the lookout for my next review on The Walking Dead: Volume 3, Safety Behind Bars.

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The Walking Dead: Volume 1, Days Gone Bye

Night of the Living Dead and its many sequels. Zombie Apocalypse. Swamp Zombies. Scooby Doo on Zombie Island. Redneck Zombies. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Land of the Dead. Kung Fu Zombie. Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies. Zombies in Tha Hood. As if you could not guess, these movie titles are all about zombies. Zombie movies have been around since the early 1900s, and they probably will not be going anywhere any time soon.

From the big screen to the television screen is where one can also see zombies. One such popular show is The Walking Dead. TheWalking Dead first aired in 2010 on the AMC TV channel, and now it is in its ninth season. Hence, one can conclude that it is a huge success. Because I was impressed with the first season, I became a huge fan of the show. At that time, I did not know that The Walking Dead was based on the graphic novel. Since I am forever reading, I decided to read the graphic novel.

Although The Walking Dead is an awesome television show, the graphic novel is even better. If a person follows only the AMC version, then he or she will not know the original storyline because the television version is different from the graphic novel version. If you have not read The Walking Dead: Volume 1, Days Gone Bye, then you are in for a surprise and expect some twists and turns.

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