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ERIC Number: EJ927211
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb-1
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0362-8930
A Storied Past: The Best Tales are Often Found Right inside Your Own Front Door
Elliott, Zetta
School Library Journal, v57 n2 p38-40 Feb 2011
In this article, the author talks about her past experiences and how she immersed herself in African-American literature. While teaching a journalism class in an after-school program at the Decatur Clearpool Beacon School in Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy section, the author realized that most of her students had no sense of African-American history beyond a basic knowledge of Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King, Jr. She did all she could to help her students see the past--their past--with fresh eyes. This experience in Bed-Stuy made her determined to show her deep respect for Africa in her writing for children. She began to craft stories that honored the past yet also conveyed possibility for the future. The author hopes that her writing will encourage others to ask, "What if?" For it is knowledge of the past and faith in the possible that ultimately shape the future people will share.
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Language: English
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