Correction from last post:
Sherman Alexie, was not the poet from whom I learn about November being Native American Heritage Month. I owe a thanks to Winona LaDuke for that information.
November is Native American Heritage Month said Winona LaDuke” in an article titled “I am Tired of Being Invisible to you all” – Inforum, inforum.co, November 11, 2017. LaDuke, an Ojibwe writer and an economist on Minnesota’s White Earth Reservation is also an executive director of Honor the Earth.
Simon Moya-Smith, CNN Opinion, “Some uncomfortable Truths about Thanksgiving” tells the story of the naming of November as Native American Heritage Month. Simon is a citizen of the Ogala Lakota Nation and culture editor at Indian Country Today. In 1990 President George H.W. Bush decreed November as Native American Heritage Month. George W. Bush signed into law legislation by Congressman Joe Bach designating the Friday after Thanksgiving, Native American Heritage Day – October 8, 2008. See the CNN Opinion site for additional information.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCCBD) – January 27, 2018
Multicultural Children’s Book Day, an online event that 1) “works” to get the books of multicultural authors reviewed and;
2) to get free diversity children’s books into the hands of young readers. Multicultural Children’s Book Day is January 27, 2018. See more information on multiculturalchildren’s bookday.com.
Women and Children First
Women and Children First’s Annual Wishing Tree Kick-off & Storytime Book Drive starts, December 2nd 11:15 a.m. to December 22nd. The event’s goal is to put diverse books in the hands of area elementary school students. If you are in Chicago drop by the store at, 5233 N. Clark Street, 773-769-9299, Chicago, Ill.
A Birthday Story is my diversity book that would fit with their goal. (smile)
Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts has renamed the College of Media, Arts and Humanities in memory of Journalist and Alumna Gwen Ifill. Ifill died in 2016. Gwen joined Public Broadcasting System(PBS) in 1999 were she was working when she died. A co-anchor of the News Hour moderator of Washington Week, Ifill was the author of the nonfiction book The Breakthrough Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. Simmons College President Helen Drinan in her announcement renaming the college said, Gwen’s example of leading a meaningful life and building a successful career stands tall in the mission of Simmons. She further honored Gwen by stating “We are extraordinarily proud of her and so pleased to formalize her legacy at Simmons this way.” goodblacknews.org.
My condolences to the friends, family, and Ojibwe people of Warrior Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement (AIM) and Civil Rights Leader, who on October 31, 2017, at the age of 80 years, died of complications from pneumonia after open heart surgery. “One of the most influential Indian leaders of our time-” Tevye. (KOS Liberation League) and dailykos.com – Ojibwe Warrior American Indian Movement Co-Founder And Civil rights Leader Dennis Banks Has Died, Tevye, Tues. Oct. 31, 2017.