Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCCBD)1//27/2017

The Multicultural children’s Book day (MCCBD) is almost here. This is a internet event that is dedicated to diverse children’s book. The day has a website visit it and look at the book reviews, books and authors who are a part of this day. My book review was for the book “Little Lek Longtail Learns to Sleep,” by Bette Killion, and Illustrated by Beatriz Vidal. I’ll be publishing it again on the 27th on my Facebook page. Please visit and leave comments.

Another, January 27, 2017 event is the “I’ll Make Me A World 2017” celebration of the Iowa African American Experience. It is an extremely successful event. The projection for attendance is 10,000. I’ve attended in the past and was happy I did. Food, music, theatre, vendors, exhibits, a special guest, etc. and historically relevant content.

Today is January 21, 2017, the second day of the new term for President Trump. The day, according to the news, has been filled with protests of his presidency. The protests today have taken the form of peaceful demonstrations by millions of people, marching throughout the US and the world. The Washington, D.C. march numbers surpassed the demonstration against the Vietnam War in the late sixties. There were demonstrations yesterday, the day of the inauguration, but all was not peaceful. A lot of anger in the world about the US choice.

I’ll miss the Obama administration.


Happy New Year – 2017

Today’s post is my first of the New Year. This year is not starting as I planned. I wanted to be looking ahead to a better year. Instead it is starting like it will be a year that the world continues to take and not give. Promises being made that are not kept with no explanation but a lot of I want. In my world, not being able to rid myself of people who do not have my best interest in mind. Who steal, who talk about harm being done, who do it in the guise of religion. See! Same old things. Okay! I’m over the idea that this is something other than the way the world is. How about you?

I completed reading “Tale of Two Cities” this morning after I took an early morning walk in sub-zero weather, windchill considered. The temperature, according to the weather on television was 6 degrees. Lot of people out at that dark time of the morning. Most of them in cars. I saw one other walker. I feel better, from the exercise.

I’ve got more things planned for today, before I go to sleep, so that and the fact that I don’t really have a lot I want to say, will keep this writing short.
I’m sad, no need to visit that on everyone who might read this blog. No readers last week.


Last Post of 2017

Habara gani! Kuumba, Habara Gani!

This post is the final one for mitchellworksweb for this year. Today is the 31st of December. Happy New Year!!! If you are reading this, you got through one more.

I’ve changed the featured image for the blog. I prefer the one that I had, but decided to try something new. The one that was there has been a part of my social media for several years. But I like the image of children reading, especially in a place that is not set aside for them to read. They are on the floor in the reading magazines.

The new image looks impressive doesn’t it? It’s the pin I received from Great Poets Across America, to celebrate National Poetry Month, and the publication of my poem in April of 2012. The poem, “If I Cry, Won’t You Hurt for Me?” is in the edited compilation entitled “Great Poets Across America, Brooke Alexander, Editor.

This past week grazali’s mediterranean cafe’, hosted a book signing again for me to sell and sign my children’s book, “A Birthday Story.” The publication of the book is an award for 2016. I have future signing dates coming up. One on Dr. King’s Birthday, January 16th, 2017 at Beaverdale Books. I think this is an acceptable way to spend this day of celebration. I hope the crowd is large, because others feel as I do about reading. I hope you are one of those too and will see me at Beaverdale’s if you are in Des Moines.



gazali’s Mediterranean Cafe is hosting a second book signing on Tuesday, December 27th, 2016, for my all occasion children’s book, “A Birthday Story”.
The signing will start at 5:00 p.m. and end at 7:00 p.m.

gazali’s, 1205 25th Street, Des Moines, Iowa. 1-515-309-9167 is the phone number for directions or to place an advance order for the gyro’s, fries, salads, bakalava and more.


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December 15, 2016, Potpourri

Habara gani! Kuumba habara gani!

December 26th begins the 7 days of Kwanzaa. The principle of the 6th day is creativity. I’m early with my greeting, for several reasons:
1) This is a writer’s blog, I’m in a writing/creating mood, I used the greeting principle for the 6th day.
2) Also, the Kwanzaa celebration begins much earlier than December 26. I’ve known it to begin as early as October,and I’ve known Kwanzaa celebrations in the summer.
3) I wanted to have a small discussion of the celebration.
4) I mention the celebration in “A Birthday Story”, my first published children’s book.
The greeting for each day begins with the question Habara gani (ha-bah-ra ga-ne) meaning – What is the news? This question is answered with the principle of the day – Umoja (oo-mo-jah) habara gani! The news is Unity, in the case of the first day. The other five principles are: Kujichagulia (koo-ge-cha-goo-lee-ah) self-determination, the second day, Ujima (oo-gee-mah) Collective Work & Responsibility, the third day, Ujaama (oo-jah-mah) Cooperative Economics, the fourth day, Nia (nee-ah)Purpose, the 5th day. Kwanzaa was created by Maulana Ron Karenga of US.

With the assistance of my publisher Xlibris, I launched a press release about “A Birthday Story,” in four cities on the 9th of this month; Cincinnati, Ohio, Des Moines, IA, Detroit, Michigan, and Washington, D.C. The press release were sent to the media outles in these cities and in the surrounding areas. If you see are hear the release let me know in the comment section of this blog. You’ll have my appreciation.

Happy holidays.

Why Integration Matters in Schools

Why Integration Matters in Schools
by Dere4k Black
Today, we know integration has a positive effect on almost every aspect of schooling that mattersw, and segregation the inverse. We also kinow integration matters for all students. Both minorities and whites are disadvantaged by attending racially isolated chools, although in somewhat different waysw: The harms to minorites are primarily academic; the harms to whites are swocial and academic.

Habara gani!

Why Integration Matters in Schools by Derek Black was published in the Education Week blog on May 13, 2014. The following is an excerpt:

today, we know integration has a positive effect on almost every aspect of schooling that matters, and segregation the inverse. We also know integration matters for all students. Both minorities and whites are disadvantaged by attending racially isolated schools, although in somewhat different ways: The harms to minorities are primarily academic; the harms to whites are social and academic.

This excerpt was written by me on my Lana Jean Mitchell Facebook page about six months ago. I’m re-writing it here for those of you who might have missed it.


Report on the Ritual Cafe’ Book Signing

On November 29th, this past Tuesday, I had a book signing at the Ritual Cafe’, for A Birthday Story!, my children’s book.  The event went well as the host, Ritual Cafe, welcomed us.  They had a table ready for our use, and gladly offered additional assistance.  Thank you all for your help.

I sold a copy of the book, and because of the promotion I was running (first person to bring a copy of the flyer gets a book) I gave away a copy of the book to a visitor from Denver, with two young children.

I will be launching a press release the 9th of December in several cities.  Listen for it and let me know in the comments your thoughts on it.  Is it the reason you ran out and bought the book.  How about your friends, did you have to beg to get them to Barnes and Nobles with you to purchase this book for all occasions?  Which media source did you hear it on or read it in.

I will be writing again.