Sep. 29, 2019

The Next Selection The Blackman Read Aloud Aloud Hour Project

The Blackman Who Reads Aloud
The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project

The next book to be read during The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project will be: On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting The History of Lynching In The 21st Century by Dr. Sherrilyn Ifill. My social media educational read-aloud series continues its quest to engage his audience with the most thought-provoking historically complex texts of the Black American experience. As with every book read during my project it will be read cover to cover in one-hour chunks. Being a proficient, strategic, and comprehending reader is one of the most important skills you can acquire in your educational journey. Way too many in our black communities either never acquired the skill or for some reason is the lack of ensuring that the reading skill is perfected. So at least six days a week from Sunday to Friday on Facebook Live since June 2016. I have worked to introduce quality nonfiction literature to my audience illuminating the skill of reading by the active process of the read-aloud. Please continue to share my project with others. It's just that important. Do you realize that many black citizens have never read a complete book cover to cover after high school? Do you realize that a number of black citizens function at the lowest levels of literacy? Well, we can do something about that by speaking about the importance of literacy. We cannot depend on media and entertainment to tell our historical stories. We must learn our history. More than likely the history you're exposed to on The Blackman Read Aloud Project isn't history that is available in the public or private school curriculum. We cannot allow "our" history to be whitewashed and covered up by people who have no desire for us to learn our own stories. This month's selection will address the issue of lynching and how lynching of our ancestors continues to negatively affect our black communities in 2019. It's an excellent followup to the just read books about Thurgood Marshall, Devil In The Grove and Showdown because of Dr. Ifill's position as the NAACP Director and Legal Counsel for NAACP's Legal Defense and Education Fund, a position created for Justice Thurgood Marshall by Walter White in 1940.

See you this evening.