Black History Month

@marie2052 (3697)
United States
February 1, 2012 12:17pm CST
February 1st marks the first day of our Black History Month. Do you try to read a book that will teach you more about them? I do. I guess I would have been one of the slave runners trying to get them freed and away from slavery. Maybe thats why I went in the Army LOL. I could just imagine me in all those long skirts trying to get around. Bet I would have fallen in quite a few holes trying to get the slave safe! Anyway i am going to read Uncle Tom's Cabin this month. Anyone else read it? What do you do to learn more about Black history Month?
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@asyria51 (2870)
• United States
2 Feb 12
We will be doing a month long unit in my classroom. We write poetry, do an oral report, along with an art project. We read a novel about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, pulling in reading skills like cause and effect, plot structure, summarizing, and character traits.
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@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
5 Feb 12
That is so cool! You might want to share this with your class. I had to homeschool my son for his last three years of high school he graduated in 2010 so its still current in my mind. I was reading a book and found out that they would throw up to 2 to 3 thousand africans in a ship when they were slaves. Lots of them were seasick. they were in the belly of the boat had no place to go to the bathroom and were fed very little. By the time the ship made it to America they were lucky if 200 to 300 survived the trip. I have more respect for the Black community for all their forefathers and themselves have had to endure all the way to present time. Thanks for sharing that teachings are still going on.
• United States
1 Feb 12
So when i was in school i remembe reading about black history and how it came about and things that happened like Harriot Tubman and all of that and riding in the back of the bus but it was only for the whites and i always though how did this happen and why did this happen i dont understand how people could be so cruel in a world. Just so weird to me because i guess its because i didnt grow up like that at all but i know that some things like this still exist as well. I read on facebook the other day that a kid came home from school and told his mother that a little colored kid told him at school that he couldnt be friends with him because he was white. Im like seriously that is so wrong and actually im white and my best friend is black so i am not anyone that could ever be like at all. Black history to me is so intresting and the movie purple rain i think its called is such a great movie to watch and i could watch movies better than read things.
@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
5 Feb 12
I think you are referring to The Color Purple. It has Whoppie Goldberg and even Oprah was in it. I have been trying to get a movie called Mandingo again. I had it on VCR but now I have a DVD. I read the book cover to cover. Thanks for your words on this. I was small back when the movie The Help was made. I got to see it this week and there were tears in my eyes. I just don't understand how people can be so cruel. And it really opened my eyes that even our parents (my age) didnt raise their children if they had a maid. And our parents now don't understand why we dont raise our kids right. Well go figure! Thanks for your Discussion If you have not watched The Help yet it is WELL worth watching. I almost did a standing ovation right in my livingroom when I saw Cicely Tyson still up and going. She has to be very elderly but she was in the movie!
• Mexico
4 Feb 12
Hi marie: I must admit that I have never heard about a black history month. At least we don't celebrate this in my country but I remembered that I have enjoyed reading Uncle Tom's Cabin some years ago. Maybe it's time to read it once again. I think it's a good idea to celebrate a month to black history and don't forget that just one century ago they were victims of racism and even now we have to fight against this big evil. ALVARO
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@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
5 Feb 12
Alvaro I imagine there is a lot of history in your country I could learn also. Yes I am going to start reading Uncle Tom's Cabin. If you get a chance rent the movie The Help. It is a very new movie released on DVD. Its an amazing heartwarming story. It shows the true courage of the African American community that was brought here over a century ago. Bless you hon!
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• Mexico
3 Mar 12
Thank you very much marie for your recommendation and for the best response. Have a nice day. ALVARO