06 November 2008

Tar Beach

Yesterday, the morning after our great country saw its first African-American elected for President of the United States, my heart was overflowing with hope for my children's future. I read them a book called Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold. Folks, run, don't walk to your local library to check out this fantastic book.
Whether or not you have children, and whether or not you voted for Mr. Obama, this book will bring tears to your eyes. It's about an African-American little girl and her dreams for both herself and her family, despite the fact that her family lives oppressed by segregation and racial barriers. The optimism of a better future for her family is exuded not only in the text, but through breathtaking illustrations.
What an exciting time we are experiencing now...and what hope the future can, indeed, realize!

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