Black History Month

Date: February 1–28, 2021



San Antonio College – Black History Month Program

February 2021


This year’s program theme is The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. If you would like more information on this theme, visit

The Black History Month Committee invites you to a variety of panel discussions, game trivia, and presentations on the Black Family. 


Special February Programs/Activities

These programs are available every day at any time during the month of February.


BHM Book Club: Reading List for Children  

Fat Tuesday Cookbook: Favorite recipes from BHM members

Black Films Documentaries List 

Please scroll down to see the lists.


Opening Event

Wednesday, February 3      6:00 – 7:30 PM        Zoom ID: 958 8217 6523

Welcome from the BHM Committee:  Ms. Yvonne Campbell

Greetings by Dr. Robert Vela, SAC President

Program Title:  Black Lives Matter in San Antonio

Presenters:  Ms. Kimiya Factory, Ms. Celeste Alana Brown and Mr. Pharaoh Clark

Moderator:  Mr. Leroy Adams

Program Description: As part of our Black History Month celebration, we want to discuss local leaders and community activists making history in our community right now. While Black Lives Matter is an international movement, there has been significant action and activity right here in San Antonio. What was the state of the BLM movement coming into 2020? What progress has been made? What are the goals of local activists in 2021? How can you get involved in this work?

 Mr. Leroy Adams        Ms.Kimiya Factory 

Ms. Celeste Brown       Mr. Pharaoh Clark  

BHM Kahoot Trivia Games!!!

Don't miss this opportunity to play Kahoot Trivia with all of your new classmates and friends.  Each game will start at 6:15 pm runs for 30 minutes. Join in for a chance to win an awesome prize! 

You will need to log in to Zoom and have access to Kahoot at the same time in order to play.  For this reason we strongly recommend you use a computer.  Using a computer will provide a great way to split your screen to view both. 

Use your ALAMO ID as your "nickname" when entering the Kahoot. 

If you miss this step, you will be disqualified because we will not know who you are and will not be able to contact you if you win!

    • We will access your contact information based on your ALAMO ID. This will only be done by college staff and your information will remain private. However, by participating in this challenge, you agree to allow Student Life to announce your first name, last initial, and Kahoot challenge score in campus-wide emails and on social media channels. If you do not wish to have your first name, last initial, and Kahoot challenge score announced, do not participate in the challenge.
    • Your score will be based on how accurately and how quickly you answer the questions.


Game 1 - Monday, February   8    

6:00 – 6:45 pm

Theme: Jazz and Hip Hop                                       

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Game 2 - Tuesday, February 16    

6:00 – 6:45 pm 

Theme: Black Family   

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Family Matters of the Mind

Thursday, February 11     12:15 pm – 1:30 pm    Zoom ID: 986 5379 1035

Moderator:  Karen Trotty Douglas, Ed.D.

Guest Speaker: Mr. Vincent Robinson  Introduced by: Ms. Demetril Mitchell-Hebert

Panelists: Dr. Mary Nickson and Mrs. Tamla Phillips

Mrs. Phillips Biography         Dr. Nickson Biography

Program Description: You’re invited to join an interactive discussion of the impact of mental health issues and the African American Black family.  This informative forum will address factors that can  increase the vulnerability and severity of mental illness focusing on the African American Black family.



Poetry Reading 

Monday, February 22     6:00 pm - 7:00 pm   Zoom ID:  964 0823 3784

Program Title:  Despite it All: The Strength of Black Families in Times of Hardship and Struggles – Poetry Reading

Host: Mr. Bruce Davis 

Presenter: Antoinette Winstead, MFA

Program Description:  Despite four-hundred years of hardship and struggle – slavery, Jim Crow, systemic racism, police brutality – Black people in America have managed to not only survive but thrive due, in no small part, to family. While the media and the government stereotype Black families as broken and dysfunctional, that is not the reality for the majority of Black families in America. Through poetry and excerpts from her plays and short stories, Antoinette Winstead will show the power of love and faith that keeps Black families strong even in the worst of times.

Special Presentation- Read In: Essay Contest Winners announced at 6:50 pm.

Voices of Black Mothers

Tuesday, February 23    6:00 pm – 7:30 pm  

Panelist Moderator: Dee Dixon

Presenters: Deborah Bush, Camille Cartwright, Cheryl Jones, Tamika Palmer, Zerline Hughes Spruill and Valarie White

Deborah Bush, a San Antonio native, became a local activist after the shooting death of her nephew, 23-year-old Marquise Jones. Since his death, she has been involved with the Devine Justice For San Antonio Families which is a group that aims to bring light to those who have been impacted by police brutality. She is a wife and mother of a son.

Camille Cartwright is currently the Director of Student Conduct and Title IX at San Antonio College.  She has previously served as an investigator in Equal Opportunity Services and Assistant Director in Student Conduct, both at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Her research focuses on evaluating the impact race plays on the Title IX investigative process for Black female students.  In her spare time, Camille likes to spend time with her partner and 1-year-old son.

Cheryl Ann Jones is a retired medical worker whose 23-year-old son Marquise Jones was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer Feb. 28, 2014 in the drive-thru of a Northside restaurant. In January, the DA’s office announced that after the three-month investigation the case would not be presented to a new Grand Jury. In the seven years since Marquise’s death, the family has opened a restaurant in his memory. Cheryl’s family continues to fight for justice for Marquise and the families of others who have been killed by police. 

Tamika Palmer is the mother of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old EMT, who was shot in killed by Louisville Metro Police on March 13, 2020. The police executed a no-knock search warrant as she slept in her own apartment. The police were looking for someone who did not reside at her address. In spite of three different agencies conducting parallel investigations into the shooting death of Breonna, no one has been charged with her death. In the 11 months since her death, the Justice for Breonna organization is working to establish Breonna’s Law, which would ban no-knock warrants in cities nationwide.

Valarie D. White, is a learning and talent development specialist for the Alamo Colleges District. Valarie's contribution to the Alamo Colleges District includes Implicit/Unconscious Bias training that supports the colleges' diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. She is a member of the Black Lives Matter-Association of Northwest Vista College. This organization is a faculty and staff supported organization whose mission is to promote equity and inclusion for all. She is currently completing a doctorate in community college leadership with a focus on equity and inclusion at a Hispanic Serving Institution from Ferris State University. 

Zerline Hughes Spruill is a communications professional who shifts the narrative on racial and criminal (in)justice issues, coordinates branding and creates content. A former newspaper reporter and copy editor, Zerline’s writings have been featured in publications including the Los Angeles Times, Ebony Magazine, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and USA Today. Using her newsroom experience and management skills, Zerline has led local and national communications outreach campaigns surrounding drug policy, pardon and juvenile justice legislation and education and voting rights at Advancement Project, The Sentencing Project and Justice Policy Institute. As a consultant, she worked on communications campaigns for social justice organizations including Bread for the World, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, and the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth.

Program Description: America has been experiencing much racial tension and injustices over the past year and families have been greatly impacted. Loved ones have lost their lives by the hands that swore to protect them. The loss of a child is most often felt hardest by the mother. Seldom are mothers given a platform to voice their opinions, thoughts, anger, and pain about this loss. This collective voice of Black mothers will speak out together on the unimaginable loss.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Kahoot Trivia Games

Wednesday, February 24
6 – 6:45 pm 
Theme: Pop Culture & Black Films

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Registration will be open the day before each game, so that a secure zoom link will be made available for you.  After registering, you will received a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting/game. Due to the time constraints all questions should be asked prior to the day of the event(s). 

Contact Person/Game Host:  Mr. Marcos Langoni 

BHM Escape Tunnel

Wednesday, February 24
7 p.m.

Event Description: Falling asleep to game shows has never been more interactive. Join this escape challenge and test your knowledge to awaken from this deep sleep. Four-player teams are encouraged. However, you can play solo. Prizes to be awarded.  The room opens at 7 pm and game starts at 7:15 pm.

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Use your ALAMO ID as your "nickname" when entering the room. 

If you miss this step, you will be disqualified because we will not know who you are and will not be able to contact you if you win!

    • We will access your contact information based on your ALAMO ID. This will only be done by college staff and your information will remain private. However, by participating in this challenge, you agree to allow Student Life to announce your first name, and last initial, in campus-wide emails and on social media channels.
    • The winner is the first person to escape the room.
    • Join in for a chance to win an awesome prize!

Registration will open the date before the game, so that a secure zoom link will be made available for you. 

Black Family History and Why it Matters

Thursday, February 25   

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm       

Zoom ID: 941 6874 5901

PresenterTani Sanchez, PhD

Program Moderator: Professor Wanda-Lee Smith

Program Description: Dr. Sanchez will discuss Black family history research, her own family oral traditions, and the importance these activities have in creating insightful standpoints as African-Americans continue their traditions of cultural critique, self-validation, and creating paths to human freedom. 

Dr. Sanchez Bio


We hope that you enjoyed one or more of our first virtual Black History Month’s Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity Event. We would like your feedback on how we did.

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Scholarship Essay Contest

About the Scholarship Essay Contest


The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity


The black family has been a topic of study in many disciplines — history, literature, visual arts and film studies, sociology, anthropology, and social policy.  Its representation, identity, and diversity have been reverenced, stereotyped, and vilified from the days of slavery to our own time. The black family knows no single location, since family reunions and genetic-ancestry searches testify to the spread of family members across states, nations, and continents. Not only are individual black families diasporic, but Africa and the diaspora itself have been long portrayed as the black family writ large. While the role of the black family has been described by some as a microcosm of the entire race, its complexity as the “foundation” of African American life and history can be seen in numerous debates over how to represent its meaning and typicality from a historical perspective — as slave or free, as patriarchal or matriarchal/matrifocal, as single-headed or dual-headed household, as extended or nuclear, as fictive kin or blood lineage, as legal or common law, and as black or interracial, etc. Variation appears, as well, in discussions on the nature and impact of parenting, childhood, marriage, gender norms, sexuality, and incarceration. The family offers a rich tapestry of images for exploring the African American past and present.


Instructions and Requirements

Choose a prompt from the list below and write a research-based essay, with Modern Language Association (MLA) manuscript style and documentation, at least 850 words in length, which integrates at least 5 sources, especially material found in the library databases or other library resources into the text. Some possible sources include but are not limited to newspaper articles, interviews, any sort of testimony by individuals directly involved, court cases, police reports, and magazines. Should your essay include family stories, or other such material, be sure to conduct interviews, watch reunion videos, as examples, please include them in your Works Cited.

Please be as specific as possible in providing examples. Formal conventions such as introduction, body, conclusion – although necessary should take on less importance than logic, clarity, essay form, structure, and examples in your essay. Provide a creative title for your essay. Answer the prompt you choose to the best of your ability.

All parenthetical and Works Cited page citations must reflect MLA eighth edition style. Handouts on the new version of MLA documentation are available for free at the SAC Writing Center, [click on MLA Eighth edition] or by accessing this link: and navigating via the menu to examples. 

The essay must be double-spaced, 12-point type Times New Roman font.

Include a cover sheet providing your name, Banner ID, last 4 digits of SSN, a current phone number, e- mail address (that you check frequently), and a current address. DO NOT include your name or any other kind of identifying information in a header.

STUDENTS must be currently enrolled at San Antonio College with at least 6 hours and a minimum a 2.0 GPA.

The Black History Month Committee participant requirements include:

  1. Arrange for at least ONE tutoring session at the SAC Writing Center prior to turning in the essay (make an appointment); OR
  2. Seek the assistance of one of our librarians through an individualized library session here to insure high-quality research is the foundation of the essay;
  3. Submit as a word file (.doc or. docx) to Jane Focht-Hansen ( )
  4. Entries due by 5 p.m. Friday, February 13, 2021.


Should any of the above requirements not be met, following submission and requirements check, the essay will not be included in the competition.

  1. What ideas, traditions, and traits derived from ancestral DNA and experience represent the 21st century foundation of African American family life?  For example, what is the role of nicknames, averted eye contact, and other protective advice or tactics in 21st century African American families?  How might these be beneficial or detrimental in navigating life safely? What characteristics from your ancestral DNA would you prefer to share with your relatives; what makes you who you are? How will your generation establish new symbols, ideas, or traditions of nurturing and challenge while continuing to value generations of people who dispensed their knowledge of the world, strategies for survival, and their hopes for the future even as they fostered communion, stewardship, love, and resistance?
  2. Describe how technology advances and enhances the warmth, unity, and representations of African American family life. Since last spring what techniques has your family used to ensure that recent quarantine measures do not build barriers between family members?  How does your family extend family storytelling, gameplaying, or other arts to prevent disconnection in a time when distancing is the new normal? Consider also new family traditions that may have developed during the pandemic, including wellness strategies.  Alternately, what important conversations has your family shared provoked by the current events of the past few months? What might we all learn about coping strategies from studying diverse families’ coping mechanisms?
  3. Kitchens represent far more than relaxation, sharing, nourishment, and better health.  It is the heartbeat of a home where families gather traditionally to simultaneously share a meal, chatter, and stories which shape the beauty of mutual experience. Anthropologists assert that commensality, eating and drinking together, is one of the most important features of sociality in all cultures. Even non-verbalized teaching and learning occurs over a meal.  Sociologists say not only do we feel better during and after such sharing, but participants also feel more grateful, developing trust with the people at the table, feeling less alone.  Other researchers assert we are further able to shift people’s perspectives on such things as inequality, genders, races, and socio-economic circumstance through the give and take of sharing a meal and conversation. Describe how your family’s shared meals, kitchen table conversations, or other traditional gatherings to bond allow for the sharing of family culture and heritage across generations. Recall a story or two from such family gatherings that sustains you to this day.
  4. Write a letter to someone you know and hold in esteem in your extended or nuclear family, presenting a new definition and description of the what the 21st century will be like when American culture reverences and values families regardless of structure, size, religious affiliation, ethnic, economic background or other characteristic, especially concerning the nature and impact of spirituality, parenting, childhood, education, marriage, gender norms, sexuality, and incarceration. What is your dream for your family within 21st century American culture?


Celebrate Fat Tuesday with Downhome Family Recipes

Hot Water Cornbread


• 1 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal

• 1/2 cup self rising flour

• 2 tbsp granulated sugar

• 1 1/2 cup boiling hot water

• 3/4 cup vegetable oil



• Pour the vegetable oil into a medium-sized skillet (I use a cast iron).

• Heat the oil over medium heat.

• Combine the cornmeal, self-rising flour, and sugar in a medium-sized bowl.

• Sift or whisk until everything is well combined.

• Next, pour in the hot water, and mix.

• Form the mixture into patties or drop by the tablespoon.

• Fry the patties for about 1 to 2 minutes on each side.

• Remove from the oil, and place on a paper towel-lined plate.

• Let cool.

Fried Chicken


A cut up chicken or chicken pieces

3 cups of all-purpose flour

5 tablespoons of seasoned salt

3 table spoons of garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste

4 eggs, beaten

1 quart of cooking oil



In a shallow plate or bowl, mix the flour, seasoned salt, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Roll or shake the chicken pieces in the flour mixture and place on a platter. Then dip each chicken piece in the egg and roll again in flour mixture.

Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large skillet to 375 degrees F.

Fry coated chicken pieces in hot oil for about 5 minutes on each side. Cover skillet and cook on lower heat for about 10 minutes. Remove cover, turn up heat and fry for 5 minutes on each side to make chicken crispy. Chicken is done when it is no longer pink inside and its juices run clear. Drain fried chicken on paper towels and keep warm in oven until ready to serve.



1lb. of your favorite Kielbasa

1 box Spanish Rice-A-Roni

1 can Ro-tel tomatoes

1 (2-oz) can mushrooms



Cook rice according to the directions. Drain tomatoes and mushrooms, Add sausages, mushrooms, and tomatoes to rice, Mix Well Serve hot

Service best with a great Beer, Stella or a good white wine. Enjoy!

Southern Bread Pudding


8 Slices thinly sliced bread, toasted on both sides and crumbled into

4 cups milk

small pieces

½ tsp cinnamon

2 sticks butter, melted

½ tsp. nutmeg

4 eggs

½ cup raisins

2 cups sugar

1 – 2 tsps. Vanilla extract



Put toast into pyrex baking dish. Pour butter over crumbs. Beat together eggs and sugar; and milk and spices. Pour milk mixture over crumbs; let stand until crumbs absorb some of mixture. Stir in raisins and extract. Bake at 350 for an hour or until pudding is light brown and set in the middle.

Sweet Potato Pie—Northern Exposure

(No Pumpkin Pie allowed on my Grandmother’s table)



2 large Sweet Potatoes

2 regular pie crust shells

4 tablespoon of margarine (melted)

1 ½  cups of sugar

¼ teaspoon of salt

1 tablespoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of nutmeg

2 eggs

1/3 cup of evaporated milk

2 teaspoon of all-purpose flour



Preheat oven 375

Peel and boil sweet potatoes until soft (drain

Add margarine

Mix with hand mixer

Add remaining ingredients

Blend well


Add mixture to pie shells

Bake for 45-50 minutes


Remove from oven, let cool


Do Nothing Tornado Cake!



2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoons baking soda

2 cups granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

20oz can crushed pineapple


1/2 cup salted butter

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup evaporated milk

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup sweetened coconut flakes



  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13" baking pan with butter
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together your flour, sugar, baking soda, eggs, vanilla, and crushed pineapple
  3. Pour into your baking pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown
  4. Poke several holes in the cake with the handle of a wooden spoon
  5. In a medium sized sauce pan, heat your butter, sugar, evaporated milk, and vanilla until it reaches a boil
  6. Mix in your pecans and coconut and continue cooking for about 5 minutes on medium heat, stirring constantly
  7. Pour your topping evenly over your cake, slice, and enjoy!
Pan Fried Cabbage and Sausage


1 onion

½ to ¾ pound sausage links

1 cabbage

Garlic (fresh or powder to taste)

Pepper (jalapeno, habanero, etc. Red chili flakes can be used as a substitute.) – Use what you can tolerate. Omit it if you cannot.


Black pepper

Tony Chachere (season to taste)

Cooking oil

(Use as much onion, sausage and spice as you want. Season it to your taste.)



Dice or slice the onion

Cut sausage into bite-sized pieces to your liking. (coins, half-moons, bias)

Slice cabbage in 1/4-inch shreds or cut into bite-size pieces.

Slice or dice fresh garlic, if it is being used



Lightly coat the bottom of the pan or Dutch oven with cooking oil. Once the pan is hot add the onions. Cook until the onions start to get a little translucent. Add cut sausage. Sautee until the  sausage starts to get caramelized on the edges. Add peppers. Add the garlic and all the spices you want. This gives them a chance to bloom. Be careful not to burn the garlic. Soon, start adding the cabbage. Cook until the cabbage becomes tender.


Vegan/vegetarian option:

This recipe can be made adapted to suit a vegan/vegetarian diet. Use an appropriate cooking oil like grapeseed or coconut. And use a plant-based sausage. If the plant-based sausage does not have enough smoke flavor, a very small amount of liquid smoke can be added. Use the liquid smoke very sparingly. A little bit goes a long, long way.


Other additions:

This is a basic recipe that can be amended. Other vegetables like green and red bell peppers can be added. Different spices can be added to change the flavor profile.


Serve this with a warm wedge of fresh-baked cornbread.


Children's Stories

A Chair for My Mother By Vera B. Williams

A Chair for My Mother

By Vera B. Williams

After their home is destroyed by a fire, Rosa, her mother, and grandmother save their coins to buy a really comfortable chair for all to enjoy. A Chair for My Mother has sold more than a million copies and is an ideal choice for reading and sharing at home and in the classroom. "A superbly conceived picture book expressing the joyful spirit of a loving family.

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Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie By Robbin Gourley

Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis

By Robbin Gourley

Long before the natural-food movement gained popularity across the United States, Edna Lewis championed purity of ingredients, regional cuisine, and the importance of bringing food directly from the farm to the table. She was a chef when female chefs—let alone African American female chefs—were few and far between.

Author/illustrator Robbin Gourley lovingly follows Edna from early spring through the growing season to a family dinner celebrating a successful harvest.

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Daddy Calls Me Man By Angela Johnson

Daddy Calls Me Man

By Angela Johnson

Inspired by his family experiences and his parents' paintings, a young boy creates four poems. In four vibrant verses and spectacular oil paintings, a young boy revels in the everyday pleasures of growing up in a family of fine artists. A still life of shoes inspires Noah to measure his own little ones against the big ones of his father. The moon outside his window is the same one that glows on his mother's canvas. But the subject that brings out the best in Noah — and inspires his daddy to call him a man — has her crib right there in his parents' studio. With its bold colors and arresting perspectives, this book is a celebration of art and an exaltation of family.

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Don’t Let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table By Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Don’t Let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table

By Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Auntie Mabel and her family and friends have gathered for their big Sunday dinner and can’t wait to dig into a delicious, mouthwatering meal. Before they can begin, Auntie Mabel starts—and doesn’t stop!—blessing everyone and everything she surveys: the yams and Brussels sprouts, the table and chairs—even the president of the United States!

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Grandma’s Purse By Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Grandma’s Purse

By Vanessa Brantley-Newton

When Grandma Mimi comes to visit, she always brings warm hugs, sweet treats...and her purse. You never know what she'll have in there--fancy jewelry, tokens from around the world, or something special just for her granddaughter. It might look like a normal bag from the outside, but Mimi and her granddaughter know that it's pure magic!

In this adorable, energetic ode to visits from grandma, beloved picture book creator Vanessa Brantley Newton shows how an ordinary day can become extraordinary.

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Grandpa Cacao By Elizabeth Zunon

Grandpa Cacao: A Tale of Chocolate, From Farm to Family

By Elizabeth Zunon

As a little girl and her father bake her birthday cake together, Daddy tells the story of her Grandpa Cacao, a farmer from the Ivory Coast in West Africa. In a land where elephants roam and the air is hot and damp, Grandpa Cacao worked in his village to harvest cacao, the most important ingredient in chocolate. "Chocolate is a gift to you from Grandpa Cacao," Daddy says. "We can only enjoy chocolate treats thanks to farmers like him." Once the cake is baked, it's ready to eat, but this isn't her only birthday present. There's a special surprise waiting at the front door . . .

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Hair Love By Matthew A. Cherry

Hair Love

By Matthew A. Cherry

Zuri's hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it's beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he'll do anything to make her -- and her hair - happy.

Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair -- and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere.

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Heart Picked: Elizabeth’s Adoption Tale Heart Picked By Sara Crutcher

Heart Picked: Elizabeth’s Adoption Tale

By Sara Crutcher

Six-year-old Elizabeth is excited to have her dad visit school today but worries some of her classmates might notice they don’t look alike. How will Elizabeth respond when her friend says, That’s your dad? You don’t look like him.

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He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands By Kadir Nelson

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

By Kadir Nelson

What began as a spiritual has developed into one of America’s best-known songs, and now for the first time it appears as a picture book. Through sublime landscapes and warm images of a boy and his family, Kadir has created a dazzling, intimate interpretation, one that rejoices in the connectedness of people and nature.

Inspired by the song’s simple message, Kadir sought to capture the joy of living in and engaging with the world. Most importantly, he wished to portray the world as a child might see it—vast and beautiful.

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In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall By Various Authors

In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers

By Various Authors

In this intergenerational collection of poetry by new and established African American writers, fatherhood is celebrated with honor, humor, and grace. Folami Abiade, Dinah Johnson, Carole Boston Weatherford, Dakari Hru, Michael Burgess, E. Ethelbert Miller, Lenard D. Moore, David Anderson, Angela Johnson, Sonia Sanchez, and Davida Adedjouma all contribute. Javaka Steptoe, who also offers a poem, employs an inventive range of media to bring each of the poems to life. In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall testifies to the powerful bond between father and child, recognizing family as our greatest gift, and identifying fathers as being among our most influential heroes.

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Layla’s Happiness By Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie

Layla’s Happiness

By Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie

Seven-year-old Layla loves life! So she keeps a happiness book. What is happiness for her? For you?

Spirited and observant, Layla is a child who’s been given room to grow, making happiness both thoughtful and intimate. It’s her dad talking about growing-up in South Carolina; her mom reading poetry; her best friend Juan, the community garden, and so much more. Written by poet Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie and illustrated by Ashleigh Corrin, this is a story of flourishing within family and community.

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Lullaby By Langston Hughes

Lullaby (For a Black Mother)

By Langston Hughes

“My little dark baby, / My little earth-thing, / My little love-one, / What shall I sing / For your lullaby?" With a few simple words as smooth as a song, the poet Langston Hughes celebrates the love between an African American mother and her baby. The award-winning illustrator Sean Qualls’s painted and collaged artwork captures universally powerful maternal moments with tenderness and whimsy.

In the end, readers will find a rare photo of baby Hughes and his mother, a biographical note, further reading, and the complete lullaby. Like little love-ones, this beautiful book is a treasure.

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Mixed Me By Taye Diggs

Mixed Me

By Taye Diggs

Mom and Dad say I'm a blend of dark and light:

"We mixed you perfectly, and got you just right."

Mike has awesome hair. He has LOTS of energy! His parents love him. And Mike is a PERFECT blend of the two of them.

Still, Mike has to answer LOTS of questions about being mixed. And he does, with LOTS of energy and joy in this charming story about a day in the life of a mixed-race child.

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Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters By John Steptoe

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

By John Steptoe

Inspired by a traditional African folktale, this is the story of Mufaro, who is proud of his two beautiful daughters. Nyasha is kind and considerate, but everyone—except Mufaro—knows that Manyara is selfish and bad-tempered.

When the Great King decides to take a wife and invites the most worthy and beautiful daughters in the land to appear before him, Mufaro brings both of his daughters—but only one can be queen. Who will the king choose?

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My Brother Charlie By Holly Robinson Peete

My Brother Charlie

By Holly Robinson Peete

"Charlie has autism. His brain works in a special way. It's harder for him to make friends. Or show his true feelings. Or stay safe." But as his big sister tells us, for everything that Charlie can't do well, there are plenty more things that he's good at. He knows the names of all the American presidents. He knows stuff about airplanes. And he can even play the piano better than anyone he knows.

Actress and national autism spokesperson Holly Robinson Peete collaborates with her daughter on this book based on Holly's 10-year-old son, who has autism.

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Of Thee I Sing By President Barack Obama

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

By President Barack Obama

In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation. From the artistry of Georgia O'Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington, President Obama sees the traits of these heroes within his own children, and within all of America’s children.

Breathtaking, evocative illustrations by award-winning artist Loren Long at once capture the personalities and achievements of these great Americans and the innocence and promise of childhood.

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Please, Baby, Please By Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee

Please, Baby, Please

By Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee

From moments fussy to fond, Academy Award–nominated filmmaker Spike Lee and his wife, producer Tonya Lewis Lee, present a behind-the-scenes look at the chills, spills, and unequivocal thrills of bringing up baby!

Vivid illustrations from celebrated artist Kadir Nelson evoke toddlerhood from sandbox to high chair to crib, and families everywhere will delight in sharing these exuberant moments again and again.

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Sisters and Champions By Howard Bryant

Sisters and Champions: The True Story of Venus and Serena Williams

By Howard Bryant

Everyone knows the names Venus & Serena Williams. They've become synonymous with championships, hard work, and with shaking up the tennis world. This inspirational true story, written by award-winning sports journalist, Howard Bryant, and brought to beautiful life by Coretta Scott Kind Award and Honor winner, Floyd Cooper, details the sisters' journey from a barely-there tennis court in Compton, CA, to Olympic gold medals and becoming the #1 ranked women in the sport of tennis. Here is a worthy ode to Venus and Serena Williams, the incredible sister duo who will go down in history as two of the greatest athletes of all time.

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Sulwe By Lupita Nyong’o


By Lupita Nyong’o

Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything.

In this stunning debut picture book, actress Lupita Nyong’o creates a whimsical and heartwarming story to inspire children to see their own unique beauty.

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Tar Beach By Faith Ringgold

Tar Beach

By Faith Ringgold

Ringgold recounts the dream adventure of eight-year-old Cassie Louise Lightfoot, who flies above her apartment-building rooftop, the 'tar beach' of the title, looking down on 1939 Harlem. Part autobiographical, part fictional, this allegorical tale sparkles with symbolic and historical references central to African-American culture. The spectacular artwork resonates with color and texture. Children will delight in the universal dream of mastering one's world by flying over it. A practical and stunningly beautiful book.

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Black Films Documentaries List

United Shades of America Season 5
  • Episode 1 “Where Do We Even Start with White Supremacy “
  • Episode 2 “All-American Family Farms”
  • Season 3 Episode 3 “The South Carolina Gullah”

Mr. W. Kamau, is a comedian and political provocateur. Mr. Bell, explores the different communities in America to understand the unique challenges American’s face. His focus is living Black in American.

Growing Up Poor In America

“Growing Up Poor In America” Season 2020 September 8, 2020 Episode 3

Public Broadcasting; KLRN’s mission is to, “enrich the lives of people throughout Texas, through the power of communication-providing quality programs and services that advance education, art and culture and the community”.

Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me” By Ta-Nehisi Coates HBO Original Special On Demand

First published in 2015, as a letter that Ms. Coates, wrote to her teenage son. He grows up in Baltimore’s inner city and his fears of the daily violence he experiences in his community. Ms. Coates believes that “American society structurally supports white supremacy”. 

This remarkable documentary can be viewed by HBO subscribers with On Demand option. 

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