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Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee!

Andrea J. Loney and Keith Mallett’s New Voices Award Winner Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee! is one that, according to author Loney herself, “celebrate[s] the humanity of all children.” In this case, the child celebrated is James VanDerZee, an African-American boy born in 1886 to the former butler and maid of President Ulysses S. Grant. […] Continue reading

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Free Fridays: The Keeping Quilt

The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco depicts the history of an immigrant family as they acclimate to America over many generations while preserving their heritage through a quilt.  The story is based on Polacco’s own heritage, and is told from her perspective.  The story opens when her Great-Gramma Anna, having just come to New York from Russia […] Continue reading

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Zimbabwe: Corrupt and Unpopular with the United States

Government Fails to Follow Through on Civil Servants Pay Rise The Zimbabwean government and civil servants’ representatives agreed last month on a salary deal, and civil servants were supposed to be back-paid from last month, but they have not received any extra money. There has been no explanation as yet from the government about why… Continue reading

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Zimbabwe: Further Controversy Surrounding President Mugabe and ZANU PF

Another Controversial Election Result ZANU PF has won all three bi-elections held last Saturday 25 January, easily defeating opposing party MDC-T in Mbare, Harare Karoi, Mashonaland West and Zaka in Masvingo provinces. After the win, irregularities were reported including ‘vote-buying’ tactics, intimidation and food being used as a political weapon by ZANU PF.  There were… Continue reading

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Zimbabwe: Snubbed by United States, and Frustration With ZANU PF

Obama Snubs Zimbabwe There have been reports that United States President Barack Obama will not invite Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to a US-Africa summit in August, due to Obama’s concerns over Mugabe’s governance and human rights issues in Zimbabwe. This slight has upset the Zimbabwean government. More at: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2014/01/23/obama-shuts-mugabe/ Outcry as ZANU PF ministers skip parliament… Continue reading

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My America Poetry Atlas of the United States

Lee Bennett Hopkins has selected 50 wonderful poems for My America Poetry Atlas of the United States. The poems are grouped by geographic regions within the United States and portray a beautiful and original representation of our country. Many of the poems have a special ability to take the reader back in time to imagine […] Continue reading

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