Clint Smith - Poet
""When you sing that this country was founded on freedom, don't forget the duet of shackles dragging against the ground my entire life." This is how poet Clint Smith begins his letter to past presidents who owned slaves.
In honor of Black History Month, Smith offers his Brief But Spectacular take on the history of racial inequality in the U.S." + Video: Why we shouldn’t forget that U.S. presidents owned slaves (PBS)
Radical Brownies - VIDEO - January 2017
- Berets, badges, Black Lives Matter and social justice: the youth group for activist girls of colour
+ Full description "The Radical Monarchs is an alternative to the Scout movement for girls of colour in Oakland, California.
Its members earn badges not for sewing or selling cookies, but for completing challenges on social justice including Black Lives Matter, ‘radical beauty’,
being ‘an LGBTQ ally’ and the environment..." (theguardian.com)
Ruby Bridges visits with the President and her portrait
"Ruby Bridges visited the White House to see how a painting commemorating her personal and historic milestone looks hanging on the wall outside of the Oval Office.
American Artist Norman Rockwell was criticized by some when this painting first appeared on the cover of Look magazine on January 14,1964 ;
now the iconic portrait will be on display throughout the summer of 2011 in one of the most exalted locations in the country." (YouTube)
Black Soul - Animation
"Martine Chartrand's animated short dives into the heart of Black culture with an exhilarating trip though history.
Watch as a young boy traces his roots through the stories his grandmother shares with him about the events that shaped their cultural heritage." (YouTube)