Write About It Wednesday: Remember: The Road to School Integration

Can you imagine what it was like to grow up during the Jim Crow era? Think about what it was like for African American students who had to attend “separate but equal” schools. Then, imagine what it was like for these same students to attend unwelcomed, desegregated schools. In Remember: The Journey to School Integration, Toni Morrison writes about school desegregation and the Civil Rights Movement. She specifically examines how individuals, both black and white, challenged discriminatory laws and values to enable a better and equal life for African Americans. 

A profound primary source that Morrison includes in this book is a newspaper section from the New York Times. Although it had many articles, the headliner read, “High Court Bans School Segregations; 9-0 Decision Grants Time To Comply.” This one article indicated that not everyone believed in “separate but equal.” She also includes many pictures that will help her audience, teenagers, to understand the challenges that she and other children faced. These pictures also help students to visualize the color barriers, such as white water fountains and black water fountains or the colored entrance of the movie theater. There are also pictures of sit-ins, protests, Rosa Parks, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

However, not all the pictures are sad. There are pictures that depict black and white children smiling at one another and getting to know one another. The most compelling picture that touched my heart were the four little girls who were killed in the Birmingham, Alabama church bombing. As I looked at their pictures, I wondered what their lives would have been like had they not been killed? After reading this book, I thought about the stories my relatives shared with me about their experiences during this time period. Lastly, this is my favorite quote in the book: “They are trying to scare me. I guess they don’t have any children of their own. But didn’t grownups used to be little kids who knew how it felt to be scared?”  This quote is self-explanatory.

Overall, this is a great book for students to read, specifically individuals in middle/jr. high school and high school, as readers can learn about a time in history in which children were affected. I give this book give this a five-star rating. 

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Introducing D.B. Bray

Upon reading the first page of this novel, I was reminded of The Walking Dead because in both of these stories, the world is not how it used to be. In this novel, Jack and Toby Madison must navigate their lives in an apocalyptic world without the guidance of their parents due to a ruthless group called the “Slavers.”

As descendants of James Madison, a former president of the United States, Jack and Toby must complete a challenging task that seems entirely impossible to complete. However, if they do not accomplish this mission, then the world in which they live will never return to any normalcy.

Bray does an excellent job making American history interesting, especially for pre-teen and teenagers. This story teaches its readers about the United States Constitution in an exciting manner; in fact, it makes U.S. history fun to learn. Therefore, American history + apocalypse = adventurous. 

If you want to read about a journey filled with many twists and turns that will keep you guessing, then The Last Tribe: A Post Apocalyptic Constitution is the novel to read. I cannot wait for Bray to release the second book because I want to know if Jack and Toby’s mission is successful and if the different tribes will to come together as one. 

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Kids’ Funniest Jokes

Because I am an adult, I know my readers are wondering how I learned about the book, Kids’ Funniest Jokes, and why I read it. A student recommended this book to me because she thought that I would like it. She was so excited about me reading it that there was no way I was going to reject her suggestion. 

The nature of this book is indicated by its title, Kids’ Funniest Jokes. Therefore, this book of jokes is written by kids for kids. When the reader opens the book, he or she does not randomly read jokes. They are organized by categories. “That’s Life!” “Very Wild!” “Knock-Knock!” “What Was That Again?” “What Could It Be?” “Back to School.” “How Do They Do It?” “Food Frenzy.” “Work & Play.” “Animal Fair.” These categories are the chapter titles for the hilarious jokes. 

As a child, my favorite jokes were knock-knock jokes. Hence, I was not surprised that my favorite chapter was “Knock-Knock!” While reading this chapter, I could not help but to laugh at these jokes because they made me think about the jokes that my friends and I told during our childhood. 

“That’s Life!” is another chapter that I found intriguing. It reminded me about life in the eyes of a child. I laughed at these jokes because a child’s innocence is truly enlightening, and his or her creativity is purely genuine. Hence, let us think about Madonna French’s joke. 

Who won the fight at the candy store?

I don’t know, but the lollipop got licked! 

To some people, this joke may or may not be funny, but to this eight-year-old child, it is extremely comical. As I read her joke, I visualized a child at a candy store licking a lollipop. I also imagined a child’s voice telling the joke. 

Revisit your childhood by reading Kids’ Funniest Jokes. You may read jokes that you and your friends told as children. But if those jokes are not included in this book, it is okay because there are some great jokes in this book. Therefore, I encourage you to take a break from the pandemic, and unplug your devices because these jokes will make you laugh. Remember, laughing is therapeutic. 

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Naomi M. Moyer

Black Women Who Dared

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The Coloured Women’s Club. Jackie Shane. Sylvia Estes Stark. The Hour-A-Day Study Club. Rosa Pryor. Sherona Hall. The Black Cross Nurses. Mary Miles Bibb. Chloe Cooley. BLOCKORAMA. This book focuses on the lives of ten black women and women’s groups that embodied strength, determination, and character.  They challenged injustices and through their actions, these women changed their communities for the better. These trailblazing, Black women and women’s groups are leaders to which ALL women can relate and continue to carry the torch. If you have never heard of these women, please read Black Women Who Dared because learning never stops. Thank you Ms. Moyer for publishing this inspiring book!! Personally, I am enlightened by the determination and strength of these women, and I know that, even when the road is bleak, my fight for education must continue.