The face in the black-and-white photo, with its wraparound graying sideburns and sober demeanor, evokes a retired Civil War general. William Sanders Scarborough couldn’t have been further from that: an African American, he was born a slave in 1852 Georgia. But he would achieve something perhaps even more extraordinary than a general’s rank.
In an era when many thought blacks unfit for higher education, Scarborough would become one of the country’s leading classicists, author of an acclaimed Greek grammar book that won him speaking engagements and an invitation to Theodore Roosevelt’s White House in the first decade of the 20th century. He wasn’t alone. As a new exhibition at the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground makes clear, Scarborough was one of several black intellectuals who became scholars of classical studies in the Gilded Age and the early 1900s.
Photo portraits of Scarborough and more than two dozen other black classicists will be on view beginning Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, and will remain up through February. The show, previously at BU’s Florence & Chafetz Hillel House, illuminates a little-known episode in the nation’s civil rights struggle. Read The Rest of The Story
This excellent blog post by Sean Hampton-Cole asserts that all children should learn:
The Scientific Method, Chess, Coding, Philosophy, Debating, Dramatic Arts, Contemporary Issues, Empathy, Designing and Making, Basic Neuroscience, Digital Citizenship.
We Can’t Raise Our Black Scholars if They Aren’t Safe.
#Police #TheTalk #Safety #Survival
From the creators of Parent Tool Kit: Studies show children whose parents are involved in their education do better in school, and our hope is to provide you with useful tips and tools to support your growing child at all ages. The Parent Toolkit is a one-stop shop resource that was produced and developed with parents in mind. The Toolkit focuses on many aspects of your child’s development, because it is all connected. Healthy, successful children can excel in many areas – in the classroom, on the court, and in their relationships with peers and adults. We have worked with experts across the country including classroom teachers, college professors, pediatricians, dieticians, psychologists, and parents, to make the resource as robust and useful as possible.
Scholly is an app that helps high school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students in the U.S. ease the scholarship search process. The scholarship-matching engine delivers a smarter, targeted list of scholarships that are uniquely suited to each student. There is free money for college out there waiting to be won. Scholly helps students find it, and supports them in the process to win it. Everyone deserves to go to the college of their dreams and graduate without crushing debt.
and winner of $1.3 million in scholarships
Brown Baby Reads has a great list of books for infants through high schoolers.
Brown Girl Dreaming
by National Book Award Winner, Jacqueline Woodson
by 2015 Newberry Award Winner Kwame Alexander
Rachel Renée Russell is the author of the #1 New York Times Best Selling book series.
Black Child Books created by Lisa Slade Martin, Ph.D., features the most complete, comprehensive collection of black-oriented children’s books sold by Amazon.com (but not through its independent sellers). This site organizes almost all of the African-American-oriented children’s books scattered on Amazon.com.
Brown Sugar & Spice Books specializes in True stories about People of Color. Books are carefully chosen by experienceds teachers for historical and educational value. There are two categories: multicultural books for young children (click on “Children’s Books”) and Black History books for all ages. (click on “Black History Books”). The multicultural children’s books reflect the cultural richness of the Asian, Native-American, Caribbean, African, Hispanic, African-American, and European-American communities. This collection covers basic concepts, nature and science, and special issues like childhood fears, divorce, death and disabilities. Most of the history books are factual accounts of significant events in the history of people of color. The authenticity of these accounts is most important. BSSB feels it’s imperative for people to tell their own stories. Therefore, many of the children’s books feature first-world people writing their own experiences. BSSB searches for illustrations with ethnically authentic representations and positive images of people of color. BSSB also offers Africa kits, gift baskets and videos.
Binoandfino.com has a long list of coloring books that feature Black children.
Board Games Playing card and board games can be a good way of boosting cognitive skills development in children. Though it can be quite tricky to find such items centered around Africa here a few we would certainly recommend.
Attatoy Mixmates are colorful wooden blocks with characters as diverse and the children that play with them. Made of durable beechwood and child-safe inks, these blocks are built to survive the bumps (and let’s face it – sometimes being thrown like a curveball low and in across the room) that go along with being a favorite toy. As children play, they develop fine motor skills, problem solving skills and work on important social skills, such as communication, cooperation, and collaboration. There is no one “right” answer with these blocks, so kids of all ages are free to build numerous creative combinations. Set includes 6 2″ blocks featuring 12 colorful characters. 4 different themes to choose from.
Pretty Brown Girl
T-shirts, Dolls, Backpacks and More!
Sweet Baby Gift Set
This sweet little team of two is the perfect gift for any new birth! The bib and creeper are 100% cotton.Cotton construction provides ultimate comfort and easy washability. Creeper – Three bottom snaps with a standard T-shirt neckBib – One size with velcro closure
Hey Black Girls has awesome T-shirts and Sweatshirts
Budding STEM Clothing
“We tell our girls they can do anything. Be anything. So, why is it so hard to find clothes for young girls who aspire to explore the universe or dig for dinosaurs? We started buddingSTEM in 2014 when we couldn’t find the things our girls loved on girls’ clothes.”
We believe that if a girl likes purple and also likes trucks, she should be able to wear a purple truck dress. And if a girl likes princesses and also aliens, then an alien princess skirt is for her. We also believe that if a girl would prefer to skip the “princess” and stick with the “awesome,” she deserves some dress options that feature a range of colors and topics. We are Princess Awesome because butterflies are awesome and so are airplanes. Because monsters are awesome and so are twirly skirts. Because girls are awesome and girls get to decide what it means to be girly.
Illustrated Clothes For Imaginative Girls
Personalized bag tags are perfect for school bags and luggage! Five fun designs made from lightweight aluminum. Measures approximately 3.25″ x 2″ Detachable leather strap is included. Please allow 10-12 business days for the production of your tag (not including shipping time).
Ify Nwobi JD is a mompreneur mother of 4 miracles. She is also the Founder and CEO of Mummy’s Miracle Moringa Baby Skincare an all natural Moringa Baby Skincare formulated soon after she discovered the power of Moringa, a tree found in Africa and parts of Asia.
Urban Visionaries, LLC: UV Bow Ties
Help Dad or a new grad upgrade their wardrobe. Consider buying a bow tie from UV Bow Ties, a black owned business. Check out their new #HBCU line featuring #TuskegeeUniversity #FAMU and #HowardUniversity
It is exciting to apply to college, but SAT, ACT and college application fees can add up to a significant expense. Students with financial need can apply to have these fees waived.
According to Money Magazine, many colleges give fee waivers to students who take a campus tour or chat with a campus representative at a local college fair; and you should watch your email and snail mail. Some colleges send recruiting letters waiving application fees for students who score well on tests
If you do not get a fee waiver through these methods you can use the NACAC fee waiver form or ask the college directly to waive the fee.
The Common Black College Application allows you to apply to all 44 Historically Black Colleges and Universities #HBCU, at one time, for a fee of $35.00. This application only takes ten minutes to complete. If you have a 3.0 GPA and a 21 on the ACT you also qualify through this application for scholarships.
Bryn Mawr #25
Case Western #37
Sewanee–University of the South #48
St. Olaf #51