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File #: 210174    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 2/25/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 3/4/2021
Title: Recognizing the month of February as National African American Read-In Month, and honoring Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas' Humanizing Stories Project for its work to bring together diverse voices from the world of children's media, literature, and culture through digital advocacy, community projects, and classroom resources.
Sponsors: Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Thomas
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 21017400, 2. Signature21017400
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Recognizing the month of February as National African American Read-In Month, and honoring Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas' Humanizing Stories Project for its work to bring together diverse voices from the world of children's media, literature, and culture through digital advocacy, community projects, and classroom resources.

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WHEREAS, The National African American Read-In is the nation's first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to encourage communities to make literacy a central focus of Black History Month by reading together and celebrating African American books and authors; and

WHEREAS, More than 6 million people have participated in the African American Read-In, with events hosted at bookstores, coffee shops, schools, churches, prisons, homes, and more; and

WHEREAS, American literature lacks a diversity in characters, authors, and storylines, and by focusing on Black literature, students can experience and relate to new stories while also becoming more aware of the different voices in writing; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, leads the Humanizing Stories Project. Humanizing Stories consists of a number of projects, including a Twitter account that promotes children's literature by and about people of color, ongoing relationships with local community groups like the Paul Robeson House and Museum, and support for events like the African American Read-In; and

WHEREAS, Each year, Dr. Thomas researches how race, class, and gender are portrayed in children's literature, and how those portrayals affect children. Every day, Dr. Thomas ?and her team tweet book recommendations from their @HealingFictions Twitter account. After reviewing those recommendations, Dr. Thomas selects the top picture books, young adult fiction, middle grade fiction, and comic...

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