Feb 7, 2012

World Book Night & Black History Month

By Leesa Ostrander

This month is Black History month. I have a wonderful poet I know that writes from the soul about the roots of Black history and her family history.

However, I am saving this for a later post because I came across a wonderful opportunity as passionate readers, editors, writers and educators.
World Book Night is upon us!

 It is annual event where we get to share the love of books with our community!!!!! I cannot put enough exclamations points here.
I am an avid reader and educator and feel receiving free books to share with families that may not have the opportunity to own books, is worth the blog post.
The date to register is past, yet we can still help. I encourage everyone send an email and ask what you can do to help. Let’s get the word out and help support this cause (facebook users there is a “like” button).
This night is on April 23rd to promote reading, literacy and the value of reading.

Second post:

For this month’s post I wanted to share the wonderful culture we live in and celebrate Black History Month. I have the chance to know a wonderful poet. She shares her passion with all she encounters. After talking with her, I looked into National Poetry Month. ( I will post in two weeks about our discussion dealing with Black History Month, her poems and being published)
National Poetry Month is recognized in April in the United States and Canada and in October in Great Britain. The month was inspired by Black History Month, which is celebrated in Feburary.
It happens that I was talking with my friends about great poets and we both agreed that meeting Maya Angelou would top the list.
I would also like to meet Eugene Field. His poem “Wynken, Blynken and Nod” is my favorite, but that is a blog post for April.
Maya Angelou is a well-known poet, author, speaker, songwriter, director and many more. She was the first Black woman to be a director in Hollywood. I knew of her from the book “Caged Bird Sings” and many of her poems are quoted in motivational sessions and in education.
She is a contributor and influence to cultural arts. Her words are passionate and really make me think and contemplate the meaning.
Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise” (http://www.famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/maya_angelou/poems/482) speaks meaning beyond the words. It touches me at times of challenges and I know I will rise.
Do you have favorite poet, author or contributor to the arts?

1 comment:

  1. Well - I HAD to do both posts. I could not decide which was more important.


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