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Black History Month February 2021

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February is Black History Month.  Each school day in February, an Interesting Fact, Black Artist and Prompt for Self Reflection will be posted in our Student Bulletin, student and staff Teams accounts, and here so keep visiting us. The list was compiled by our great students!  Our Library and Diversity Club also has a great display with lots of books and display.  Also check out the list of books under the RESOURCES tab.  


Feb.26th:

Interesting Fact

  • Automatic Elevator Doors - Alexander Miles

 

Vancouver Black owned businesses you can support

  • @RichSolFoods
  • @BouncebackJewelry

 

Prompt to self reflect

What we're experiencing in America today--from social inequities and violence against Black people to our country's administration--stems from our nation's unwillingness to accept that we have cultivated this climate. In an MSNBC panel discussion, Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr., distinguished professor at Princeton University, attempts to answer host Nicole Wallace's question, what now?

WATCH, LISTEN or READ:https://youtu.be/Fe94RTSMh2s (August 6, 2019 | 3 min)

 


Feb. 25th:

Check out the book of the day in the ULC.  Today's book is Punching in the Air by Ibi Aanu Zoboi.  


Interesting Fact

❏    America’s First Clock - Benjamin Banneker

 

Vancouver Black owned businesses you can support

❏    @CicleyBlainConsulting

❏    @LagosChop

 

Prompt to self reflect

We are well aware that racism adversely impacts people of color--but has anyone considered the impact of white supremacy on white people? In the video, "Racism has a Cost for Everyone", Political commentator and strategist, Heather C. McGhee, shares the hidden cost of racism to our society.

WATCH, LISTEN or READ: Racism Has a Cost for Everyone- https://www.ted.com/talks/heather_c_mcghee_racism_has_a_cost_for_everyone?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

 Racism Has a Cost for Everyone Transcript (PDF)-https://diversity.ucsd.edu/_files/21-Day%20Anti-Racism%20Challenge%20Files/Racism%20Has%20a%20Cost%20for%20Everyone.pdf


Feb. 24th: 

Interesting Fact

❏    Automatic Gear Shift - Richard Spikes (1932)

 

Vancouver Black owned businesses you can support

❏    @CalabashBistro

❏    @Batiqua

❏    @SaltnSearCatering

 

Prompt to self reflect

When one affirms that they are not racist, it does not absolve them from complicity in perpetuating racism. Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, esteemed professor and bestselling author, contends that "[there] is no neutrality in the racism struggle. The opposite of 'racist' isn't 'not racist.' It is 'anti-racist.'" In this interview for The Aspen Institute, Dr. Kendi discusses what it means to be an anti-racist.

WATCH or LISTEN:  How To Be Anti-Racist - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzuOlyyQlug&t=725s (June 26, 2019 | 55 min)


Feb. 23rd: 

Interesting Fact

❏    Gas Mask - Garrett Morgan

 

Suggested Film/TV

❏    The Chicago Seven: Based on a true story the film follows the infamous 1969 trial seven defendants charge by the federal government with conspiracy and more arising from the countercultural protest in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic national convention


Feb. 22nd: 

Interesting Fact

❏    Elijah McCoy - Lubricating cup (and the statement “the real McCoy)

 

Suggested Film/TV

❏    Nova Stevens: Stevens Is a Miss Universe a Canada 2020 being the second black or brown recipient of this title. She is a courageous advocate for equality and black lives matter located in Vancouver and she will be featured in our video presentation.

 

Prompt to self reflect

❏    We are often trying to be seen as competent or as authorities, but in the work of antiracism, you will need to learn for years. How can you cultivate a spirit of teachability and humility? How can you walk in love instead of judgement, so that you can learn and not become defensive?


Feb. 19th:

Interesting Fact

❏    Philip Emeagwali - World’s first supercomputer (world’s fastest computer)

 

Suggested Film/TV

❏    Hidden Figures: This movie is based on a true story about three female African-American mathematicians who played a vital role in astronaut John Glenn’s launch into orbit. The piece also captures of these women how to deal with racial segregation and gender discrimination at work.

 

Prompt to self reflect

❏    Who are the people you look to and learn from right now? Who do you follow on Instagram? Are they white? Or are they people of color, from all kinds of backgrounds? How can you fix this, if it needs to be fixed?

 

Feb. 18th: 

Check out the Black Characters Matter display in the Upper Learning Commons with lots of books to choose from. Book for today: Pride by Ibi Aanu.


Interesting Fact

❏    Barack Obama the first black president in North America

 

Black Artist

❏    Tamika .D. Mallory: Mallory is a social justice leader and movement strategist. She is a cofounder of until freedom rooted in the leadership of diverse people of colour To address the stomach and racial injustice. She is a proponent of gun control, feminism, and the black lives matter movement.

 

Prompt to self reflect

❏    Think about how you will keep going when it gets hard. What can you do now to help you run this marathon and stay the cause? How can you cultivate a culture of hope in your life?


Feb. 17th:

Interesting Fact

❏    Dr Gladys West:the woman behind\ GPS technology

 

Suggested Film/TV

❏    This is Us: This Emmy award winning show focuses on three siblings one specifically being Black and adopted. The show follows unique personal struggles at different intervals of life such as hardship and tragedy and gives a raw perspective of being black in a white dominated space.

 

Prompt to self reflect

❏    Think of some of the most influential people in your life—how did their views (or lack of spoken views) impact your life? Think of the people you will influence—how do you want them to be impacted because of the antiracism work you’re doing now?



Feb. 16th:

Interesting Fact

❏    Lisa Gelobter invented the Gif. Thank her for making your tweets so funny!

 

Black Artist

❏    Angie Thomas: Thomas is an award-winning acclaimed Young author best known for the hate U give and on the come up. Her novels vulnerably capture the

reality of police brutality and black youth lives in school and communities.

 

Prompt to self reflect

❏    How can you make regular space for self reflection on antiracism? Make a plan and a schedule; hold yourself accountable to somebody else also working towards antiracism.


Check out the Black Characters Matter display in the Upper Learning Commons with lots of books to choose from. Book for today: Genesis Begins Again by Alicia Williams.


Feb. 12th: 

Interesting Fact

❏    ‘Black Panther’ is the highest grossing film by a black director, highest grossing solo superhero film and  the highest opening weekend gross for a predominantly black cast, making a total of approximately $1.35 billion.

 

Suggested Book

❏    I’m Still Here: Black dignity in the world made for whiteness is a 2018 memoir by Austin Channing Brown. It was the best seller during the mid 2020 resurgence of national interest in racial injustice following the George Floyd protests.

 

Prompt to self reflect

❏    How do you deal with constructive criticism or feedback? Does it affirm your fears, or do you take the feedback and use it to grow? How can you begin to grow in this area?



Feb. 11th:

Check out the Black Characters Matter display in the Upper Learning Commons with lots of books to choose from. Book for today: The Nickel Boys: A Novel by Colson Whitehead.


Interesting Fact

❏    The members of the Exonerated 5 (Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise) were given the opportunity for their story to be told through a Netflix show titled ‘When They See Us’.

 

 

Suggested Film/TV

❏    When they See Us: this Amy nominated a mini series focused on the central park jogger case where five young black boys were wrongfully accused of assault. Our boys from ages 14 to 17 were wrongfully tried and convicted by the state and released once a true culprit was found. The show explores stomach racism, mass incarceration and a black youth are over represented as criminals in the media.

 

Prompt to self reflect

❏    Can you think of ways you’ve unwittingly made someone feel “out” or “other”? Write about how you might have done that differently, or how you’d like to do it differently next time.



Feb. 10th: 

Check out the Black Characters Matter display in the Upper Learning Commons with lots of books to choose from. Book for today: Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson


Interesting Fact

❏    Tyler Perry owns the largest film production studio in the United States and is the first African-American to completely own a major film production studio.

 

Suggested Book

❏    Half of a Yellow Sun: This is a novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The novel tells the story of the dear friend war through the perspective of the characters Olanna, Ugwu and Richard in a time of massacre and violence.

 

Prompt to self reflect

❏    It’s not enough to simply not be a racist; we must also be committed to antiracism, which (in part) means rooting out places of white supremacy in our thinking. Can you think of times when you didn’t speak up, when you should have? Who was hurt or impacted by your actions?


Feb. 9th: 


Check out the Black Characters Matter display in the Upper Learning Commons with lots of books to choose from. Book for today: On The Come Up by Angie Thomas


Interesting Fact

❏    The Sugarhill Gang, consisting of Wonder Mike, Big Bank Hank and Master Gee, released the first hip-hop record titled ‘Rapper's Delight’

 

Suggested Film/TV

❏    Queen of Katwe: It’s based on a true story of Phiona Mutesi, a girl living in Katwe, Uganda who learns to become a top player of chess and has an opportunity to change her life.

 

Prompt to self reflect

❏    How has your desire for ease or comfort kept you from taking action? Write also about instances when you didn’t let those things keep you from acting—how did you feel then? Was it as bad as you thought?



Feb. 8th: 

Interesting Fact

❏    In 2019, the titles of Miss Universe (Zozibini Tunzi - South Africa), Miss World (Toni-Ann Singh - Jamaica), Miss America (Nia Franklin), Miss USA (Cheslie Kryst) and Miss Teen USA (Kaleigh Garris) all went to black women.

 

Black Artist

❏    Chadwick Boseman: Boseman born November 29, 1976 passed away from cancer on August 28, 2020. He was a well renowned actor, playwright and role model for young black youth. He was a known activist and promoter of the BLM movement and his impact on black cinema and culture was groundbreaking on and off screen.

 

Prompt to self reflect

❏    White supremacy doesn’t just superiorize the dominant (white) culture--it normalizes it. Can you think of ways that you’ve participated in normalizing white culture, at the expense of other cultures?



Feb. 5th: 


Interesting Fact

❏    Bob Marley, a Jamaican, is known as one of the pioneers of reggae music with hits like ‘One Love’ and ‘Redemption Song’.

 

Black Artists

❏    Amanda Gorman: Gorman is a youngblack female poet and activist from Los Angeles. She focuses on issues of oppression, feminism, race, marginalization, and African diaspora. She was the first to be named National youth poet laureate and is the youngest inaugural poet who performed at the Biden Harris 2021 inauguration.

 

Prompt to self reflect

❏    Describe an anti-racist state. How would it be any different from society right now?


Check out the Black Characters Matter display in the Upper Learning Commons with lots of books to choose from. Book for today: Dear Martin by Nic Stone


Feb. 4th:

February is Black History Month.

Check out the Black Characters Matter display in the Upper Learning Commons with lots of books to choose from. Book for today: Monday's Not Coming: A Novel by TIffany D. Jackson


Interesting Fact

  • Aliko Dangote, a Nigerian, is the richest black man in the world with an estimated wealth of $10.3 billion. He invests mostly in Africa’s manufacturing and agribusiness capacity.

Suggested Film/TV

  • The Doll experiment: The doll experiment is a psychological experiment designed In the 1940s in the USA to test the degree of marginalization felt by Black an African-American kids caused by discrimination, prejudice and racial segregation.-https://youtu.be/QRZPw-9sJtQ

Prompt to self reflect

  • Describe the first time you challenged (or thought about challenging) racism



Feb. 3rd:

Interesting Fact

❏    Kofi Annan, a Ghanian, was the first black man as well as African to become the secretary general of the United Nations.

 

Suggested Book

❏    On the Come Up: This is a 2019 young adult novel by Angie Thomas and it tells a story of a young black girl named Bree who is a 16-year-old rapper open to fill the shoes of her father and make it as an underground hip-hop legend.

 

Prompt to self reflect

❏    List and describe five major experiences that have most influenced how you relate to racial issues.


Check out the Black Characters Matter display in the Upper Learning Commons with lots of books to choose from. Book for today: Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi


Feb. 2nd:

Interesting Fact

❏    Madam C.J. Walker was the pioneer of specialized hair products for black hair.

 

Suggested Film/TV

❏    Hair love: Is an Oscar Winning Animated Short film, From Matthew A. Cherry, who tells the heartfelt story of a black father learning to do his daughters hair for the first time

 

Prompt to self reflect

❏    Describe the most racist moment of your life and why it was racist. What should you have done or said differently?


Check out the Black Characters Matter display in the Upper Learning Commons with lots of books to choose from. Book for today: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Feb.1st:

Interesting Fact

  • Claudette Colvin was the first to refuse to give up her seat on the bus, months before Rosa Parks.

Black Artists

  • Ava Duvernay: Duvernay is an accomplished filmmaker who captures the beauty and struggles of the black experience in her films, 13th, When They See Us and Selma.

Prompt to self reflect

  • Have you ever described yourself as "not racist"? What does "not racist" mean to you? Why do you think so many people are invested in believing they are not "racist"


Check out the Black Characters Matter display in the Upper Learning Commons with lots of books to choose from. Book for today: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. 



Sources for Facts and Prompts:

 

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/...

 

https://diversity.ucsd.edu/abo...

 

https://www.slownorth.com/blog...

 

https://vsbworld.sharepoint.co...


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