Saturday, February 25, 2017

Oscar Moments by African Americans

In honor of Black History:

Movies about African American History

I Love Movies!  Tomorrow are the Oscars!  In Honor of that here are some great movies about African American History!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

BTW National Merit Scholars

National Merit Finalist list came out this last week!  BTW has 7, and we are the only TPS School that had some! So proud of Booker T!  You guys maze me everyday!  Congrats!!!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Bookish Football Player

I saw this this weekend and it warmed my heart!  Had to share!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Aid to the Jim Crow South

Jim Crow South lasted from 1865 to the 1960s with the coming of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.  One can understand why there was a Civil Rights Movement when you know the history.  Jim Crow separated the races in the South, and created a horrible reality if you were not White.  There were some things to help the colored of the South live their life without fear.  

One of the many things created to help African Americans and other minorities during this horrific time was the Green Book.  A motorist guide.  It is hard to imagine there would be places you could not go.  This book would let the reader know what gas stations, restaurants, and hotels they could stop at safely!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Children are Powerful!

In 1963 the  Civil Rights Movement was at a standstill.  Not a lot of movement.  Dr. King brings the movement to Birmingham, Alabama.  They needed a change,  and this was a perfect new staging ground.  Birmingham was the most segregated city in America in 1963.  There was also a lot of violence, and the city was called Bombingham!

In the begining of 1963 Dr. King and others agreed they needed  to use children.  Children represent innocence, and to all people they are untouchable!  A children's march is organized, and made a difference.  At this march the children were attacked by dogs and fire hoses!  The  press was there taking pictures.  When America saw the images they were horrified, and demanded change!

Great documentary about the Children's  March

Bolstered by the Children's March, Dr. King organized a march on Washington that ended at Lincoln Memorial.  There he gave his famous "I Have A Dream Speech."

If you have not watched this - please do!  It is worth the watch!

In September 1963 The Children made one more sacrifice.  A Baptist church was having a special Children program when a bomb blew the Church apart killing 4 little girls!  No one took responsibilty for this moment, or held responsible.  Though many people blamed the KKK.

The Children's March made a difference!  It helped America open her eyes to the injustice American citizens were facing everyday!

Powerful Song - Please Listen!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Black Infantry of the West

My Grandfather wrote this!!!!

My hero - My Grand Father in the Korean War!

My grandfather, Dr. Arlen Fowler, is such an inspiration!  He fought in the Korean War when the Military was still segrated.  He  was a white officer in the 25th Infantry.  In his experience he wanted to know more about the all Black troops, and wrote this book when he got back!

I am so proud I come from this!  He was a history professor for two decades, and even today we sit around and discuss History!  I truly believe I am a History Teacher because of him!

A few years ago he blessed me by coming to Booker T and speaking to my classes about the Black Infantry.   He is the standard!  If you want to know about the Buffalo Soldiers you read his book!  One of  the many things he said to my classes was that the story of the Black Infantry of the West is IMPORTANT!  Important to hear because it is a story of courage!  

Black Infantry

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Singing For Freedom

This is one of my favorite moments in Black History.  Here is this African American woman, Marian Anderson, who was world renowned, and she could NOT sing in her Nation's Capital.  Here she was sought after selling out halls everywhere!  When she was denied to sing becaause of the color of her skin people began to act!  A moment at the Lincoln Center was organized!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Black History Month

February is Black History Month.  All month I will highlight important moments of Black History.  This is appropriate to start with.  This song is the Black Anthem in America.  You will hear it all month!