Review: A Kid’s Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the U.S.A

Our homeschool adventure has already seen its share of lackluster curriculum and things that were simply just not a good fit.  History was one of those areas that challenged us.  We became a little frustrated with finding things that kept the people, places, and things from running together.  How would I keep it exciting, new, […]

Thank You Dr. King

This is the day set aside to honor one of our national heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr.  Here are some facts about Dr. King: Martin Luther King Quick Facts Birth January 15, 1929 Death April 4, 1968 Place of Birth Atlanta, Georgia Known for Leading the civil rights movement in the United States Advocating nonviolent […]

First Grade Teacher Cuts off Student’s Braid

When I initially saw the following story I was sure it had to be hoax.  After I did a little research I was able to view the original report from Milwaukee ABC affiliate WISN.  Needless to say I was appalled.  I have a seven year old daughter and I am sure that she would have […]

Sexual Assault Awareness Month of Action

Every 2 minutes another American is sexually assaulted; 80% of victims are under the age of 30. If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please know that the assault is not your fault and that you are not alone. In the event that you are sexually assaulted, find a safe place, and […]

Christian Sex-Ed

Let me first start by saying that I have desperately been avoiding this issue.  However, it seems to keep popping up everywhere, including my own home.  My six year old wants to know where babies come from and how any human being could have eight!  I thought I had taken care of this conversation for […]

Trans-Atlantic Slave Voyages

Emory University has released a free online database granting access to records of transatlantic slave voyages.  The database allows readers to search voyages databases, see estimates of the slave trade, and explore the African names database.  The Trans-Atlantic Slave Voyage Database has information on almost 35,000 slaving voyages between the 16th and 19th century.  Over […]

Duke Ellington Coin!

Be still my heart.  Not only do we have an African-American President, but now we have an African-American on a coin!  Yes, money!  Famed jazz performer and activist Duke Ellington is featured on the new District of Columbia Quarter.  It is part of the U.S. Mint’s line of state-themed quarters.  This is yet another historical […]

Notable African-American Quotes

A spiritual renaissance is what is needed among young African-American people. Any attempt at building racial and cultural institutions in our communities without a spiritual renaissance–a vibrant embrace of faith–will produce symbols but not substance. Anthony A. Parker Neither the old=time slavery, nor continued prejudice need extinguish self-respect, crush manly ambition or paralyze effort… Paul […]

Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Please remember that today is Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  As a community it is important for us to arm ourselves with accurate information on HIV and AIDS and how our people are being affected.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of all new infections are in African-Americans, who make up […]

Black History Month:Olaudah Equiano

When the average American thinks of Black History Month and the purpose of it most of us automatically focus our attention on the Civil Rights Movement and the leaders that emerged during that era.  Although that period was certainly a notable for Americans of African descent it gives only a small glimpse at the beautiful […]