Monday, February 4, 2013
black history month
I received "Celebrating Black History Month" for free from www.netgalley.com. This e-book is a collection of excerpts from novels and biographies written by Black authors or written about Black characters. "Celebrating" includes 13 titles: "America to the Backbone"; "The Confessions of Nat Turner"; "The Color Purple"; "Mumbo Jumbo"; "One More River"; "The Keepers of the House"; "The Children"; "Mohammad Ali: His Life and Times"; "In Search of Bisco"; "The House of Dies Drear"; "The Water is Wide"; "Listen to Bob Marley"; and "Parable of the Sower". I won't give you the scoop on all of them of course, but I'll tell you about my favorite, "Parable of the Sower" by Octavia Butler. I was amazed by this excerpt. Honestly, at first I thought it was historical, and then I thought, "no, it's science fiction, there's gotta be a catch". And of course there was, but not where I was thinking. It was futuristic. And as they say, "those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it." The future was very much like the past. I will definitely read her again. Now to get on my soap box. I don't think there should be a Black History Month, or a Women's History Month, or Native American, or whatever you got. By doing so implies that it isn't important enough to mention unless someone makes them by calling it a month. All history is history and all "kinds" of history should be incorporated throughout the curriculum throughout the year. And that's all I have to say about that.