Tuesday, September 29, 2009

OCTOBER DATES


October 3rd
Cornel West
The Book Club of Bethany Baptist Church,with the support of Dr. Randal Pinkett and
Mayor Cory A. Booker,
hosts
Dr. Cornel West as he signs copies of his most recent book,BROTHER WEST: LIVING AND LOVING OUT LOUD, A MEMOIR.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
3:00 pm
Bethany Baptist Church
275 West Market Street
Newark, NJ 07103

Amiri Baraka/Randy Weston Duo
A Tribute to Amiri Baraka at the Jazz Vespers on Saturday, October 3rd at 6pm sharp:
Bethany Baptist Church
275 West Market Street
Newark, NJ 07103
(973)623-8161
http://www.bethany-newark.org/
Guest artist: Randy Weston Duo - (Jazz Saxophonist)

October 8th
James Harris
James Harris, first vice president of the state conferences of NAACP branches, will open New Jersey City University’s 2009-2010 African Heritage Colloquium Series on Thursday, October 8. Mr. Harris will speak on “40 Years of Justice: The NAACP, History, and Relevance for a New Generation,” 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., in Multipurpose Room A of the University’s Michael Gilligan Student Union, 2039 Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City. Sponsored by NJCU’s Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center, the lecture is free and open to the community. For further information call the Center at (201)200-3524

Sharon Draper
Thursday Oct 8th 2009 Mancini Hall, 7pm Ocean County Library, Toms River Branch, 101 Washington Street, Toms River , NJ 08753Ocean County Library’s 40th Anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Celebration with author Sharon Draper

Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award, and is a New York Times bestselling author.

October 9th
Deadline for I Love My Librarian Award
STILL TIME FOR LIBRARY USERES TO NOMINATE LIBRARIANS FOR 2009 CARNEGIE CORPORATION OF NEW YORK/NEW YORK TIMES I LOVE MY LIBRARIAN AWARD

Nominations are still open for the 2009 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.
The award invites library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community. Nominations will run through October 9 and are being accepted online at http://www.blogger.com/www.ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian.

Sunday, October 11th
National Coming Out Day
National Coming Out Day is an internationally-observed civil awareness day for coming out and discussion about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues. It is observed on October 11 every year by members of the LGBT communities and their supporters (often referred to as "allies").
http://www.hrc.org/issues/coming_out.asp
http://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/educator/index.html


Monday, October 12th
Hector Cantu creator of Baldo
Award-winning journalist Hector Cantú, co-creator/writer of the nationally-syndicated newspaper comic strip, “Baldo,” will open New Jersey City University’s 2009-2010 University Lecture Series on Monday, October 12 at 4:00 p.m. in Room 202 of Hepburn Hall, on the University campus at 2039 Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Commemorations-Sad and Happy

9/15/09

On Sunday, 15th September, 1963, a white man was seen getting out of a white and turquoise Chevrolet car and placing a box under the steps of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. Soon afterwards, at 10.22 a.m., the bomb exploded killing Denise McNair (11), Addie Mae Collins (14), Carole Robertson (14) and Cynthia Wesley (14). The four girls had been attending Sunday school classes at the church. Twenty-three other people were also hurt by the blast.
http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/m_r/randall/birmingham.htm

Among the books written about the events are:

Juv. C978w 1997

The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963 : a novel Curtis, Christopher Paul. New York : Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1997, c1995. 210 p. ; 20 cm.
See here for a reader's guide and lesson plans
http://www.multcolib.org/talk/guides-watsons.html
http://webenglishteacher.com/curtis.html

Juv.811.6 .W3625b 2007
Birmingham, 1963 1st ed. Weatherford, Carole Boston, 1956- Honesdale, Pa. : Wordsong, c2007. 39 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
see here for an authkor guide
http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/pwtv/studyguides/Weatherford.pdf

View 4 little girls by Spike Lee

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3302971953362876297

4 Little Girls (1997)
There are many remarkable things about the documentary 4 Little Girls. Spike Lee's striking, beautifully realized film is a cinematic lesson of what kind of material is better suited to the documentary format. In his first documentary, Lee shares an attribute of Ken Burns: the major event in his documentary is not seen on camera. Except for four quick glimpses of black-and-white autopsy photos, the picture stays clear from the bombing. Lee remains with the faces, the girls' friends, families, and the historic figures of the era. They've all grown up since the bombing but their memories haven't faded. The vital facts of the case are certainly here: the troubled history of Birmingham, the court proceedings, friends' last run-ins with the girls. What touches us deeper though are those witnesses telling us of living through the core era of segregation and bigotry: a father explaining to his child why she can't have a sandwich in a cafeteria and a woman offering up tears of past events. There's even an interview with George Wallace, the prince of segregation, that belongs in a David Lynch feature. Lee's film asserts the bombing energized the civil rights movement and when the voice of America, Walter Cronkite, echoes those sentiments, you believe he may have it right. From the director of ' 'Do The Right Thing' ' and ' 'Malcolm X' ' comes ' 'a masterpiece.' ' (Chicago Tribune) When a bomb tears through the basement of a black Baptist church on September 15, 1963, it takes the lives of four young girls. This racially motivated crime, sparks the nation?s outrage and helps fuel the civil rights movement sweeping across the country. There are many remarkable things about the documentary 4 Little Girls. Spike Lee's striking, beautifully realized film is a cinematic lesson of what kind of material is better suited to the documentary format. In his first documentary, Lee shares an attribute of Ken Burns: the major event in his documentary is not seen on camera. Except for four quick glimpses of black-and-white autopsy photos, the picture stays clear from the bombing. Lee remains with the faces, the girls' friends, families, and the historic figures of the era. They've all grown up since the bombing but their memories haven't faded. The vital facts of the case are certainly here: the troubled history of Birmingham, the court proceedings, friends' last run-ins with the girls. What touches us deeper though are those witnesses telling us of living through the core era of segregation and bigotry: a father explaining to his child why she can't have a sandwich in a cafeteria and a woman offering up tears of past events. There's even an interview w...all » There are many remarkable things about the documentary 4 Little Girls. Spike Lee's striking, beautifully realized film is a cinematic lesson of what kind of material is better suited to the documentary format. In his first documentary, Lee shares an attribute of Ken Burns: the major event in his documentary is not seen on camera. Except for four quick glimpses of black-and-white autopsy photos, the picture stays clear from the bombing. Lee remains with the faces, the girls' friends, families, and the historic figures of the era. They've all grown up since the bombing but their memories haven't faded. The vital facts of the case are certainly here: the troubled history of Birmingham, the court proceedings, friends' last run-ins with the girls. What touches us deeper though are those witnesses telling us of living through the core era of segregation and bigotry: a father explaining to his child why she can't have a sandwich in a cafeteria and a woman offering up tears of past events. There's even an interview with George Wallace, the prince of segregation, that belongs in a David Lynch feature. Lee's film asserts the bombing energized the civil rights movement and when the voice of America, Walter Cronkite, echoes those sentiments, you believe he may have it right. From the director of ' 'Do The Right Thing' ' and ' 'Malcolm X' ' comes ' 'a masterpiece.' ' (Chicago Tribune) When a bomb tears through the basement of a black Baptist church on September 15, 1963, it takes the lives of four young girls. This racially motivated crime, sparks the nation?s outrage and helps fuel the civil rights movement sweeping across the country.«

September 15, 2009-October 15, 2009
Hispanic Heritage Month
See here for activities
http://www.colorincolorado.org/calendar/celebrations/hhm
http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson023.shtml
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/hispanic/
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/hispanic-heritage-month/south-america/6629.html
http://www.nps.gov/history/Nr/feature/hispanic/
and read some of these:

E184 .S75 L36245 2005 Latina legacies : identity, biography, and community /
edited by Vicki L. Ruiz and Virginia Sánchez Korrol

E184 .S75 H5653 2007 Hispanic Americans /
edited by Paul McCaffrey.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009