Happy Black History Month Sammy Style

My Black History on February 1st, 2013
My Black History on February 1st, 2013

At dinner last night I asked the boys to think of a brown skin person who they knew had impacted the history of the country, or the world… Sam immediately said; “I know. I know.”

When I asked him who it was he said; “Me. I am going to impact history by trying my best on Monday. I’ll get a 100.”

And how.

We came home and had a cake to celebrate Jackie Robinson, and the start of our collective Black History Month. How will you celebrate?

Sam the grandson of a whaler?

My eldest son is famous, again.

OK, he hasn’t made it to the Olympics, yet .

But he has become immortalized in paint, the first of many opportunities I am sure. What is particularly layered and cool about this is that he is indeed the great great grandson of a whaler on my father’s side. (We come from New England on my dad’s side, and the French West Indes on my mom’s side. Whaling was a source of fuel and other necessities at the time. For a rather concise history on the brief whaling industry peak in this country, go here.) He was asked by the artist, Scott Kelley,  to model for this painting to represent one of the offspring of the only known Black whaleship captains in history-for his upcoming show Whale which will take place here.  To see more of the pieces in the show, or learn a little more about the artist poke around here. The words under the painting read; “Sam with a portrait  of his grandfather Absalom Boston*, the sole Black whaleship captain of Nantucket, master of The Industry, 1822. Scott Kelley 2012”

Sam the grandson… Scott Kelley 2012

*Two resources I found with a quick search on Absalom Boston are here and here. Enjoy!

100 great days (ways) to bring Black History into the elementary schools

100 days with a spin!

I am all for celebrating math in school. I am all for celebrating school. I am just even more for finding ways to celebrate Black History today, and everyday.  So when Sam’s teacher sent home a blank piece of poster board with the instructions to create your own way to celebrate the #100 in honor of the approaching 100th day of school I realized we had hit the jackpot! I asked Sam who his favorite brown skinned athlete was–because he had already decided he wanted to do something about sports: Jackie Robinson! Continue reading “100 great days (ways) to bring Black History into the elementary schools”

Where does This Black History Go?

I wrote a poem a few nights ago, a sequel to Ancestors Unfold and Your Black History was the plan.

The poem is a survey of my personal history with people who are black. It begins five generations ago (thanks to a candid family history exchange with my mother about our Guadeloupe ancestors), and ends with Marcel’s birth. Continue reading “Where does This Black History Go?”