Category Archives: diversity

Movies expose racism/discrimination

These are 10 movies that need to be seen and discussed. 

Ten of the most powerful movies that deal with the issues of slavery, racial discrimination and overall hatred in America. Some of these clearly demonstrate the struggle black Americans have faced as they have sought equality and justice in American society. Persons wishing to learn about this part of American History, should take time to view these movies throughout the year.

Hidden Figures (2016)
This movie related the story of extra-ordinary female African-American mathematicians who played a key role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program and faced all forms of discrimination and racism.

Selma (2015)
It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

12 Years A Slave (2014)
Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free African-American man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841 and sold into slavery. He worked on plantations in Louisiana for 12 years before his release. He was assisted by a member of the Quakers.

#41 – Story of Jackie Robinson (2013)
Story of the racial integration of American professional baseball player Jackie Robinson, whose jersey was number 42. Details the history of racism that he paid to integrate baseball in America.

The Butler (2013)
Movie about Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), chief Butler for 8 presidents. As a child he witnessed the rape of mother and the killing of his father in America’s cotton fields.

Red Tails (2012)
A historical perspective of the famous Tuskegee Airmen during WWII. Forced into a segregated unit, these incredible Black pilots became one of America’s best fighter unit.

The Help (2011)
Life stories of Black maids in the South. The movie tells the narrative from the point of view of the maids who serve white families.

Crash (2004)
This movie about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles, California. A self-described “passion piece” for Haggis, Crash was inspired by a real-life incident, in which his Porsche was carjacked outside a video store on Wilshire Boulevard in 1991

 

Remember the Titans (2000)
Depicts the true story of Herman Boone, African American coach, played by Denzel Washington, and follows Coach Boone as he tries to introduce a racially diverse team at the T. C. Williams High School in the city of Alexandria, a suburb of Washington, D.C. in 1971

Road to Freedom: The Vernon Johns Story (1994)
Minister at Ebenezer Church who was replaced by MLK, Jr. Deacons let Johns go for a less radical preacher.

The Rosa Parks Story
Story of Rosa Parks, seamstress, whose peaceful defiance led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the end of in the south.

Developed by Idali Feliciano, 2018

Best Multicultural Children’s Books – 2017

Best children’s books of 2017

PDF document. To view click above link!

2017 Summer Reading List

Social Justice books for children! This is a fantastic reading list for both children and adults to engage in discussions.

https://socialjusticebooks.org/2017-summer-reading/#es

Oldest languages in use today

https://theculturetrip.com/asia/india/articles/the-10-oldest-languages-still-spoken-in-the-world-today/

Diversity is the future: Deal with it!

Diversity is our Strength

How Religion spread around the World

A must see to understand how religion spread throughout the world.

http://www.businessinsider.com/map-shows-how-religion-spread-around-the-world-2015-6?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=fb-video&utm_campaign=Video_FB-keywee&kwp_0=47180&kwp_4=263800&kwp_1=193166

A Look at Obama, the Black President

Jesus: a white man?

The area from where Jesus, the historical figure, came from tells us that the inhibitants were not white. So, why do talk show pandits, like M. Kelly say that Jesus was white? Oh, yeah, that’s how he is portrayed in early movies,he also had blue eyes,  Come on, people, who are you fooling? Get with it this 2013.

Not all Latinos Grew up on Tacos

Fox host assumed that all Latinos grew up on tacos, an erroneous assumption. There are 20 Spanish speaking countries, with different histories, with their own unique cuisines. Tacos are not a Puerto Rican cuisine, no Chilean, Colombian or Argentine.  Because Latinos/Hispanics are all lumped into one category, and because of the lack of knowledge about our neighbors to the South and Latinos in US, assumptions are made.  What do you think?

http://www.salon.com/2013/10/04/fox_and_friends_host_thinks_hispanic_colleague_grew_up_on_tacos/

500 Multicultural books

Cheryl Hudson compiled this list of over 500 children’s multicultural books.  Fantastic for teachers!

The Diversity Within A Firm Foundation of Children’s and Adolescent Literature

http://pinterest.com/gracestellame/the-diversity-within-a-firm-foundation-of-children/

Evelyn Coleman, Author Interview

e-cAuthor  Evelyn Coleman has written numerous books for children.  Her book, To be a Drum, can be found on http://www.storylineonline.net/ and is read by Actor James Earl Jones.  White Socks Only, a wonderfully written book is also found on http://www.storylineonline.net White Socks is a story that deals with discrimination.  Ms. Coleman was kind enough to  respond to written interview questions:

1. What inspired you to write White Socks Only? Is this in part something that happened to you or someone in your family?

It took me years to write this story …. I decided to write it after a student asked me if I had been a slave…I realized then that “time” was a complex idea for children and I wanted them to understand that the Civil Rights movement had happened in my lifetime not hundreds of years before. I had this idea running in my head for a long time regarding institutional racism and also witnessing children discriminating based on not just color of skin, but the way someone looked, or the type clothes they wore or even hairstyles or economic situations. Putting these ideas together with my own first experience of reading a Whites Only Sign where I thought it meant I should have on all white clothing the story finally came together in my mind.

 2. What is the lesson you want children to learn from reading the story?

That it is not a good idea to discriminate against another human being for any reason. And that racism was and still is a hurtful experience that requires fighting against it by speaking up when you see it. Most of all I want children to understand that you should always speak up to defend the rights of others.

 3. What do you want teachers to learn from the story?

That subliminal discrimination or racism is not acceptable no matter who is involved. Hopefully teachers will pay more attention to their own prejudices after reading White Socks Only.

 4. What other books for children have you written?

To Be a Drum, Albert Whitman Books; Cecile’s Cameo Necklace, American Girl’s latest historical doll; Shadows on Society Hill, American Girl’s doll Addy’s first mystery; Circle of Fire and Mystery of the Dark Tower, American Girl History Mysteries; Born in Sin, Atheneum; The Riches of Oseola McCarty, Albert Whitman Books; Freedom Train, Simon & Schuster

 5. Do you have any advice for young readers?   

Yes, read as much as possible, pay attention to your own feelings and learn how to relay them to others either verbally or on paper, observe your surroundings, learn to conjugate verbs and understand what you feel passionate about and why.

Respectfully submitted by Idali Feliciano

www.storylineonline.net

The Screen Actors Guild sponsors the Storyline on line books read by some of the best known actors/actresses.  If you are looking for multicultural books  this site will have them.  For example, White Socks Only, written by Evelyn Coleman is featured, as is her book To Be A Drum, read by James Earl Jones.  This site is highly recommended. Check it out:   http://www.storylineonline.net

This site is great for teachers, parents and children.