Archive | August 2013

Why I Write: We Need to See Ourselves in What We Read

Check out these three images that show the need for children’s literature/young adult authors of color and books by and for people of color.  These three images in themselves are why I write and why I continue in my quest to get my middle grade novel published.  So if you are a children’s literature/young adult author of color, don’t give up!  Your voice is needed for all our children and young people!


Check out this blog post I came across entitled, “My 3-Year-Old has Experienced Racism (and yours probably has too)” by Sharon Chang.  She quotes from Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves by Louise Derman-Sparks & Julie Olsen Edwards of how important it is for young people to see themselves mirrored in what they read:

“Young children are learning about who is and isn’t important. Invisibility erases identity and experience; visibility affirms reality. When children see themselves and their families reflected in their early childhood setting, they feel affirmed and that they belong. When children’s identities and families are invisible, the opposite happens. Children feel that they are unimportant and do not belong. These lessons from societal visibility or invisibility are among the most powerful messages children receive…Children absorb these messages every day, often without the adults in their lives even knowing what the children are learning” (pp.13-4).


The Important Role of Fathers in Our Lives

Check out this video clip from NBC Today’s show where Rasan Portluck, 29, brought his 10 year old son, Ryheim to tears as he talks about changes in his school life.

African American Teenage Girl Youngest to Pass Bar Exam

Gabrielle Turnquest from Windermere, Florida, is the youngest person to graduate from Liberty University at age 16 and also passed the Bar of England and Wales at age 18.  Check out this article for more information.

The church as the place to answer the problem of race in America?

In the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict, I felt compelled to post this article from Pastor Peter Chin entitled, “Will We Ever Get Beyond Race?” where he says that we are both George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin and that the church may be the place where we can come to understand each other across racial lines.  Indeed, his story is mine.  You can read more about my story in this book: A Transforming Vision: Multiethnic Fellowship in College and the Church.

I’ve posted this video before, but also felt compelled to bring it back to serve as an encouragement and hope in these times: