#The Tulsa Race Massacre

BearSun Spotted Heading Towards Nowata

A man in a bear suit called "BearSun" or "Bear" is now traveling east on Highway 60 with his companion to Nowata. The public figure spent a couple days in Bartlesville and Tulsa before heading to Nowata. BearSun has given a huge shout out to the construction workers in the area. He encourages you to bring them water because they deserve it.
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The 2021 National Book Awards Longlist Is Here

The Biggest Night in Books is fast approaching, and now, we know who made the longlist. The National Book Awards has announced the longlisted nominees in all five of its categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature. This year’s nominees are a fine blend of authors both established and emerging, with some of the year’s biggest books receiving the highest honor, and some of the year’s most underrated gems at last receiving the pomp and circumstance they deserve.
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Why is keeping the truth from students so politically appealing?

Eight states have passed legislation - and another 20 are considering it - to require that educators avoid teaching about the role of racism and oppression in American history. While the legislation is new, America long has suppressed some of the truth about race relations. Why is such censorship so politically appealing at a time when the truth is both readily apparent and so much more accessible?

How Much Do You Know About the Tulsa Race Massacre?

A century ago, a white mob marched across Tulsa’s train tracks and into its predominantly Black Greenwood District—a thriving, affluent neighborhood. They brought with them firearms, gasoline, and explosives. In a few short hours, they razed dozens of square blocks to the ground and killed hundreds of people. The Tulsa...
The New Yorker

The 2021 National Book Awards Longlist: Young People’s Literature

This week, The New Yorker will be announcing the longlists for the 2021 National Book Awards. Check back this afternoon for the list for Translated Literature. Several titles on the longlist for this year’s National Book Award for Young People’s Literature supply young readers with lessons from the past. Three contenders are works of nonfiction that contextualize seminal moments in American history: “Unspeakable,” by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Floyd Cooper, is a narration of the Tulsa Race Massacre; Kekla Magoon’s “Revolution in Our Time” documents the community-driven activism of the Black Panther Party and the U.S. government’s attempts to suppress it; and “From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry,” by Paula Yoo, situates the murder of Vincent Chin in the broader story of the Asian American civil-rights movement.
Publishers Weekly

2021 NBA Longlists Announced

This week, the National Book Foundation is announcing the 2021 National Book Award longlists. Five finalists in each of the five categories—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young people's literature—will be named on October 5. The winner will be announced during the awards ceremony on November 17, which will once again be held in-person at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.
Literary Hub

Here’s the longlist for the 2021 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

Today, the National Book Foundation announced their longlist for the 2021 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. This year’s longlist includes books by two previous National Book Award longlisters, Kekla Magoon and Anna-Marie McLemore, as well as two novels in verse, and multiple books that investigate American history, race, gender, and family.
Publishers Weekly

2021 NBA Longlist for Young People's Literature Announced

The National Book Foundation has revealed the 2021 National Book Award longlist for Young People’s Literature. The five finalists will be named on October 5, and the winner will be announced during the awards ceremony on November 17, which will once again be held in-person at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.
Kirkus Reviews

Young People’s National Book Award Longlist Is Out

The National Book Foundation revealed the longlist for the National Book Award for young people’s literature, with authors including Carole Boston Weatherford, Kekla Magoon, and Paula Yoo among those in contention for the literary prize. Weatherford and illustrator Floyd Cooper made the longlist for Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, which...

Awards: Washington State Book Winners; Kirkus Finalists

The winners of the 2021 Washington State Book Awards, sponsored by the Washington Center for the Book, a partnership of the Seattle Public Library and the Washington State Library (via the Seattle Times), are:. Fiction: The Cold Millions by Jess Walter. Biography/memoir: The Magical Language of Others by E.J. Koh.
School Library Journal

Black Nonfiction: Truth, Testament, and Good Trouble

Black nonfiction offers age-appropriate narratives to educate children and presents the truth needed for “recovery, reconciliation, and repair.”. The most frequent question I am asked about Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre is, “Why did you tackle that topic for children?”. In response, I ask, “Did you learn about the massacre...

African American authors lead the pack for Kirkus Prize nominees

African American authors led the field of finalists for the eighth annual Kirkus Prize announced on Monday. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Colson Whitehead is shortlisted in the fiction category for his highly-anticipated heist novel, Harlem Shuffle, while critically acclaimed poet Honorée Fanonne Jeffers earned the nod for her widely praised fiction debut, The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois.