Rio Chama Publications

1 minute reading time (262 words)

BOOKS ARE TRANSFORMING THE NEXT GENERATION: THEY ARE REALIZING THEIR POWER

In a recent Time Magazine article, Angie Thomas, author of the young-adult novel, The Hate  U Give, is highlighted. Thomas herself joined the masses protesting police brutality and racial injustice on the streets of her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, after the killing of George Floyd ignited outrage across the country. Amid impassioned chants of “Black Lives Matter” and clenched fists raised in solidarity, Thomas said she saw something that nearly brought her to tears.

She said, “When I got there, one of the first things I saw were young people with signs that resembled my book cover,” which depicts the powerful image of a Black girl with curly hair holding a protest sign. Thomas said, “One thing we’re seeing right now is [young people] realizing that power. I’m honored to know that I can be a microphone for them and amplify them even louder.”

Amid the current reckoning on systematic racism, she believes literature can empower the next generation of leaders. Thomas remarked that she believes in the power of books and how they shape young people. She said, “I’m very hopeful that we're giving them better tools so that they could become better leaders than any of us ever imagined.”

This Mississippi native believes much of her audience resonates with her characters, because they represent the Black people who are around us every single day.thumbnail frontcoverforebook medium res

Dear reader, many of us are being called to turn to literature and memoir to gain a more comprehensive understanding of systemic racism, Black lives, and the part we all play. For me, of note is the book Speak Right On, authored by Mary Neighbour, in which the truth of slavery and oppression is put forth. Any book recommendations or comments on these topics would be much appreciated.  

PAYING IT BACK

Related Posts

 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Guest
Saturday, 28 November 2020

Captcha Image

Search Blog

Blog Tags

awareness leadership change emotions spiritual/spirituality health stress sense of self relationships holistic healing feminism aging exercise sexuality love reunion coronavirus soul ego shadow self yoga tai chi swimming walking Thank You community children peace depression dementia shame kindness anxiety shamanism employee learning pandemic employer parent-infant attachment styles brainhealth music giving mental health compassion creativity cancer racism healing diet Gandhi attunement matriarchs benefitsofsinging religion innerkid sleep New Book sermononthemount helpingothers patriotic attention intimacy fundraising holiday nutirents environment connection food fatherandson loneliness mindfulmeditation literature self-soothing RBG animals liverdisease happiness dancing transitions Albert Einstein work environment inmates newyear humanity brainscience resilience sacred sex unity Christmas soothe rest Amma wisdom Jesus contributing fun Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter arguing gratitude freshfood nutrition imagination inclusion pilots companions present protests addiction emotional support animals cardiomyopathy smile zoom lifechanges brain growth 2020 inequality millennials goodneighbors dolphin job spiritualpractice calm campaign feminine divine feminine goodandevil positivethinking hero parenting age sustainable omega3 acupuncture dreams elderly breath power homeless dogs pancreatitis Thanksgiving newnormal unknown intuition altzheimers habits earth caretaking rebuilding covid19 midwest integrity prison adoption fightorflight election development wholeness nonviolence ego growth stages friendships singingrevolution liftingweights hobbies vitaminb astrology ideal self alzheimers climatecrisis friendship quiet Dalai Lama smiling horses collaboration notgivingup lifepath balance the unconscious mediterraneandiet el paso socialresponsibility hope agingparents alcohol neighborhood holocaustsurvivors goodthings morality accountability education families god republican healthy brain elephants support choir gym vinaminc the feminine ageism civilrights gretathunberg harmonica nature Tim Ryan retreat epilepsy celebration gardening challenges holidays Vietnam Starbucks mindfulness books prejudice alcoholism nonprofit goodhumans nonlinear immigration boss nuturance resolution deepermeaning democrat Congratulations

Login