What am I Reading and where have I Been?

Hello out there! I know that I have been missing in action to say the least. My last blog post was dated almost exactly a year ago. So much has happened. I have experienced some highs and some lows, but nevertheless I am here. Through it all, I have learned to count every day whether it’s filled with clouds or with sunshine as a blessing and an opportunity to leave your mark and make history.

The highlight of this year came when I had the opportunity to interview Nikole Hanna- Jones at the National Council for Social Studies. I am a huge admirer of her work and asked her some tough questions about the 1619 Project. It was very well received and at the end of our session she said, “She wanted to compliment me on my interviewing skills because she has participated in countless interviews that were always structured around the same old questions.” The picture below may not be the most flattering because I was trying hard to hold back my Kool aide smile!

The second high that I am currently riding comes off the fact that a piece that I wrote entitled “Why My Students Weren’t Surprised on January 6th” was featured in Social Studies Education 85(1).pp.8-10.

So far, I am getting some positive feedback and I am claiming this as my breakthrough into the literary world. This is my first publication in an education magazine but will certainly not be my last.

I have read a number of books since my last post; however, I wanted to begin 2021 by reviewing The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation by Anna Malaika Tubbs. I just received the book two days ago and I cannot put it down. I am halfway through it and my book pages are filled with notes and comments. The subject matter is personal to me for I am a mother to a beautiful 5-year- old son. I cannot wait to discuss this book in detail and am trying my best to restrain myself so that I can provide a complete review when I am finished.

Please be on the look out. A review will be up by the end of the week. Until then!

P.S- I wanted to give a special thank you to a friend who reads every post and constantly reminds me and will not rest unless I am always reaching for the stars. Thank you for your advice and invaluable direction.You know who you are 🙂

One thought on “What am I Reading and where have I Been?”

  1. What a comeback!

    Congratulations on your published article, and for the way you expanded the minds of your class in giving them a legitimate and broader historical context all through the year. And the interview, I wish there was a recording, but from the way you write and enquire and deliver words, I can just imagine that your public interview raised the bar! Bringing your light out, illuminated by your ancestral connection, a voice that is appreciated. I love the author pic of you in green and the little words that peek out from above your shoulder “the hero”.

    Bravo Alysha.
    Bonne Continuation.

    Can’t wait to read your review of this new book and tell people about it, about time we start hearing more about the women behind the scenes in these big gaps in written history.

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