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chop: a collection of kwansabas for fannie lou hamer.
Who was Fannie Lou Hamer? When one thinks of the millions of souls lost during the transatlantic slave trade, the missed potential immediately jumps to mind. All genocide robs us of the few geniuses that each culture produces. At the beginning of the previous century the pernicious system named Jim Crow served as another sort Read more about Why A Black Woman Named Fannie Lou Hamer Matters Now More Than Ever (BONUS: Audio!)[…]
Sometimes I feel as if black folk’s self-worth teeters on the impetuous and hateful razor’s edge of racist white institutions. Like the protagonist in Beauty and the Beast, we’ve fallen in love with our captor, and somehow it has become our responsibility to humanize him. I have now lived through enough Oscar seasons to have Read more about TFW You Realize You’re In Love With Your Captor[…]
In 2009 I moved from Memphis to East St. Louis, Illinois. A year later I moved across the river to St. Louis, Missouri. Two years after that I moved BACK across the river to Illinois where I now reside. Throughout this process, I built relationships in the arts, education and activist arena on both Read more about The Feminine Pronoun Series: “what It’s Like to be Bi-Municipal” (No. 36)[…]
As part of a creative diversity and inclusion workshop I facilitated at Lewis University, I asked people one question: “Which do you prefer? “Black” or “African American”? The responses were alternately surprising and soulful. They served as the centerpiece of the workshop, and they created a jumping off point for one of the most fascinating Read more about The Feminine Pronoun Series: “Black” or “African American”? (No. 35)[…]
I titled this video “I Contain Multitudes, “as a nod to poet Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself.” I love the poem because it is an expansive celebration of the visceral kingdom, the body, pleasure, our mortal reality, and the justice of seeing everything as part of a converging whole. I like to think of my Read more about Vlog: The Feminine Pronoun Series: “I Contain Multitudes” (No. 34)[…]
5 LESSONS TEACHERS CAN LEARN FROM THE LIFE OF FANNIE LOU HAMER: #5.The Writing Classroom is Uniquely Suited for Finding Undiscovered Gems
In part four of this series – “Our Classrooms Benefit from the Voices of our Most Marginalized Students” — I discussed (partly) how valuable the “marginalized voices” are in our classrooms. But really, I was speaking to the notion that the “marginalized” is the majority. I encourage you to check it out, especially in the Read more about 5 LESSONS TEACHERS CAN LEARN FROM THE LIFE OF FANNIE LOU HAMER: #5.The Writing Classroom is Uniquely Suited for Finding Undiscovered Gems[…]
What follows are the remarks and the poem (“Oath: 1957”) I delivered on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the St. Louis arm of the National Women’s March. When I was first asked to participate in the national women’s March, I declined because I thought it was just another example in the long line of examples of Read more about The National Women’s March: Sisters, What Are You Willing To Destroy?[…]
5 LESSONS TEACHERS CAN LEARN FROM THE LIFE OF FANNIE LOU HAMER: #4. Our Classrooms Benefit from the Voices of our Most Marginalized Students
In last week’s blog, “The Students are Co-Creators In the Classroom,” I emphasized how important envisioning a future past the classroom for poor students and students of color is. But often times, when educators and activists discuss “poor students and students of color,” it is as if we are discussing a student who doesn’t Read more about 5 LESSONS TEACHERS CAN LEARN FROM THE LIFE OF FANNIE LOU HAMER: #4. Our Classrooms Benefit from the Voices of our Most Marginalized Students[…]
All over the country, writers assembled in vocal resistance to the rhetoric and planned policies of the incoming Trump administration. The movement was named #WRITERSRESIST. (You can find out more about #WRITERSRESIST here. In this video, my kids and I I travel to Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi (my home state) all the way from Read more about The Feminine Pronoun Series No. 32: #WRITERSRESIST[…]
5 LESSONS TEACHERS CAN LEARN FROM THE LIFE OF FANNIE LOU HAMER: #3.The Students Are Co-Creators in the Classroom
In the last entry in this series, “Students Are Not Empty Vessels,” the general point could be summed up as “the students have a past.” A past that can be unpacked and surveyed for what is usable and valuable in the classroom. This week’s blog, “The Students are Co-creators in the Classroom,” can be summed up Read more about 5 LESSONS TEACHERS CAN LEARN FROM THE LIFE OF FANNIE LOU HAMER: #3.The Students Are Co-Creators in the Classroom[…]