Heritage month guide

Heritage month guide

As you know, February is Black History Month. According to the above linked article, here are the other heritage months that we observe.

MonthHeritage Celebrated
JanuaryNone to date
FebruaryAfrican American History Month
MarchNational National Women’s History Month, Irish-American Heritage Month
AprilMarch 13 to April 15 is National Deaf History Month
MayAsian Pacific American Heritage, Older Americans Month and Jewish American Heritage Month
JuneGay Lesbian Pride Month
JulyNone to date
AugustNone to date
SeptemberNational Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
OctoberNational Disability Employment Awareness Month and National Italian American Heritage Month
NovemberNational American Indian Heritage Month
DecemberNone to date; are two international commemorations

In the past, I have posted for Black history month, Women’s history month, LGBT Pride month, and Hispanic-Latino Heritage month. I plan to do the same this year, as best as I can.

Happy Heritage month when your favorite arrives!

Martha Wash

Martha Wash

The above linked article tells about Martha Wash. She did a lot of singing in her day, but didn’t get credit for it. She went to court and helped change the laws that make publishers give credit where credit is due.

She did a lot of voice work that we recognize, but we don’t recognize it as her. Next time you listen, think about how those voices got onto the albums. If it’s a male singer and there’s a part with a female singer, is she credited?

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this up as required reading for school. I was expecting an old, dry, politically driven book, but I was pleasantly surprised. While much of the book was about a heavy topic, it was well-written and a fairly easy read. It gave the reader time to think about what was going on at the time it took place and didn’t distract the reader by having to go look up old-fashioned words.

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The Rosa Parks Story

The Rosa Parks Story

The above link is a YouTube link to a 2002 made for TV movie starring Angela Bassett. I watched it recently along with a discussion about Rosa Parks. I learned a lot from both. It makes sense now about the changing of the seat to the back of the bus and all.

Mrs. Parks did a great service all around to help with integration, not only with the bus boycott, but with her help as secretary for the NAACP.

I know that a lot of people know a little about her life, but this movie tells a lot more. She was a great figure in the civil rights movement and it’s worth it to learn more about her.

I Am Not Your Negro – James Baldwin

I recently watched the documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, which was a documentary about James Baldwin, based on the novel that the author never finished. What a powerful movie!

The movie is available on Amazon Prime for a few more days, and then it’s available for purchase or rental. It is worth watching, especially if you think you know about Baldwin’s writings. The movie was well put together.

Officer Clemmons by François S. Clemmons

Officer Clemmons

Officer Clemmons by François S. Clemmons
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked this up for bookclub. I was interested to learn how a black, gay man ended up on a very white children’s television show in the time that desegregation was happening. Instead, we actually superficially learned about the life of the actor who played the character.

It is not until about 2/3 into the book when the Rogers family is introduced in the book. The author does a great job talking about his mentor, but doesn’t really realize he had a mentor all this time.

I would have loved to hear about how the author came out publicly. I would have loved to know more about some of the people who were important in his life, such as his mother, his wife, and his friends/lovers who were mentioned multiple times in the book.

I feel that if the author wanted to tell his story, great. I think that he could have given a little more thought to opening up further to his audience. A good editor should have helped with this, along with helping him tell his story in the appropriate order, and not randomly. Oh, by the way, I had a sister and here’s what happened to her 30 years before the rest of the story happened – this should have been brought up earlier in the book instead of at the end.

It was an interesting book, but it left me wanting more information. I would recommend the book to someone who likes to do Google searches to check into things that were just barely touched upon in the book.

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What happened to Dick Rowland and Sarah Page?

Sarah Page and Dick Rowland

The event in the elevator in Oklahoma was the start of the Tulsa Race Massacre in 1921. Dick Rowland tripped and tore Sarah Page’s dress. Both of them disappeared before all of the events of the massacre occurred. The above linked article speculates on what may have happened to them. Interesting that they weren’t around to see what happened or at least to tell their part of the story.

For Allies Who Want to Do Better

For allies who want to do better

The above linked article tells about books to help allies do better. I am sorry about the font and color of the list of books below, but I seem to have difficulties changing them. They do look like they would be good books, though.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in The Age of Colorblindness 

Michelle Alexander

Parable of the Sower

Octavia E. Butler

So You Want To Talk About Race

Ijeoma Oluo

This Bridge Called My Back

Writings by Radical Feminists of Color

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations about Race

Beverly Daniel Tatum

We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide

Carol Anderson and Tonya Bolden

White Fragility

Robin DiAngelo

How To Be An Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi

God’s Bits of Wood

Ousmane Sembène

They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South

Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers

Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by Brandy Colbert

Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by Brandy Colbert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a much needed book. There is so much information in here, it’s almost overwhelming, but it is presented in such a way that makes it understandable.

So much happened in the history of the African people who were brought to America, mostly against their wills. We have come a long way, but not far enough. I was impressed that the author brought all the issues up into present times, ending in February 2021.

This is information that all people need in order to make progress in making racial issues disappear. As I said, we’ve come a long way, but we have a long way to go, still.

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