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Celebrating Black History Month with hope, dreams

The TALE: Tehachapi Art, Literature and Entertainment


February 16, 2019

Book-reviewer Midge Lyn'dee finds inspiration in diverse voices from past to present.

by Midge Lyn'dee

For me, Black History Month starts at Martin Luther King's Birthday in mid-January and continues through February. Good thing, as February is such a short month!

It is my honor to share with you some special books in celebration...

It wasn't really just peanuts, but sweet potatoes and soy as well ... George Washington Carver, though he was born into slavery in 1864, went on to become a botanist, not to mention one of the most prominent scientists and inventors of his time. From crop rotation to multiple uses of crops, read "George Washington Carver: A Life from Beginning to End" to learn more about this inspiring man.

There is a long list of black innovators, not as familiar as Thomas Edison or Ben Franklin, but who made just as much of an impact on our lives and in our history.

From physicist Dr. Shirley A. Jackson, whose inventions led to touch tone phones, faxes and caller ID, to summer fun from Lonnie Johnson, inventor of the most fun water gun ever ... The Super Soaker! Just a few minutes on the internet educates readers on black inventors and scientists that continue to enrich our lives.

We are the generation that experienced our first black American president, inspiring young and old to believe we could move past our history of great prejudices and injustices, to embrace our diversity as a nation.

"Dreams from my Father" and "The Audacity of Hope" written by Barack Obama and the best-selling "Becoming" by Michele Obama, give insights into their journey and ours.

Obama wrote "Of Thee I Sing" for his daughters, highlighting 13 groundbreaking Americans ... their values, their hopes and their dreams.

And speaking of dreams, Dr. King's iconic "I have a dream" speech has, for years, ignited the imaginations of many people, of all colors and nationalities. To dream is to open one's mind and explore both the physical world as well as the world within. A beautiful poem written by Langston Hughes and illustrated by David Miyares, "That is my Dream!," highlights the joy of this world of ours, existing without discrimination or prejudice.

Dream we must. It is our refuge and our hope, to dream of a better world always.

Good Books.

Good Reading.

*Midge Lyn'dee is a fictional character used for the purpose of entertainment though the reviews are real and sincere.

Calling all artists, writers and creative-types! The TALE is looking for more contributions. Send us your photos, artwork, short stories, poems, songs, etc. and you may see them in a future edition of The Loop. Don't forget to get the kids involved, too. We love to see the creativity of the Tehachapi youngins. Send your submissions to [email protected] Thanks and happy reading!


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