On the half-title page, we are treated to a quote from Nina Simone: "When I die...I'm gonnna know that I left something for [my people] to build on. That is my reward." This biography elegantly shows the progression of a woman bent on making a living through her music, to a woman bent on fighting … Continue reading Nina: A Story of Nina Simone – Perfect Picture Book Friday
Opening the Road – Perfect Picture Book Friday
Victor Hugo Green was tired of hearing no.Victor loved the freedom of driving on the open road,but too often the road was closed to him. It was like thisfor most Black people in the United States.When he and his wife, Alma, traveled from New York to Virginia to visit family, they riskedgetting turned away, yelled … Continue reading Opening the Road – Perfect Picture Book Friday
Born to Ride – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF
For centuries, men have come up with reasons why women can't do things, whether its wear pants, wield a welding torch, fly airplanes, explore space, vote...... And in all of those cases, their arguments bordered on the ridiculous (well, if I remove the sugar coating, they actually were ridiculous). Case in point, my featured informational … Continue reading Born to Ride – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF
Justice For All?
The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice. - Martin Luther King, Jr. Laurel Leigh, a dear friend, colleague, and co-founder of the Dogpatch Writer's Collective, has an essay published in the July issue of The Sun literary magazine. It's a devastating story about her nephew who's serving a life sentence for killing … Continue reading Justice For All?
A Banner Week for Women Writers – or Not?
I just posted this on the Dogpatch Writers Collective, but I thought I'd share this on my blog, too. The women at VIDA have their work cut out for them. A Banner Week for Women Writers - or Not?.