Black History Month Turn Up

It's February 1, 2018 and that means my favorite month of the year has arrived. Now...listen...I'm a teacher...and not the perky type in the mornings and sometimes I walk through the halls like I'm hanging on by a prayer and a thread. 

Well, I had an extra bounce in my step and a jingle in my voice. Each period, as the kids walked in, I began belting out "Lift Every Voice and Sing" and had them sing along. Some of the kids were very confused...others were like...ohhhh missssss....I didn't know that was the Black National Anthem.

Most importantly, I switched up the Do Nows for the month to focus on figures, places, and events pertaining to the Diaspora. In addition, I plan on also using this time to further explain and expose my students to other peoples of color and their history. It's important that all students see themselves within their classroom! 

Of course, what they're learning in school can have even more of an impact at home if parents also supplement! So if you'd like to attend some events with your child throughout the month, please see below!

The 26th Annual African American Children's Book Fair will take place Saturday, February 3, 2018, from 1p.m. - 4 p.m., at Community College of Philadelphia, 17th and Spring Garden streets, Philadelphia, Pa. The event is free and open to the public.

Community College
17th & Spring Garden
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Spend your Saturday with the Muslim Students of Howard University from 8am to 11pm. Learn from empowering workshops, shop at a fabulous boutique and be amazed by our fashion show.
Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Circle NW
Washington, DC                          

Last year, Seattle and Philadelphia educators organized Black Lives Matter actions in their schools. This year, many more cities like New York, Chicago, Boston, DC, Baltimore and many more are joining their efforts to organize a Black Lives Matter Week of Action in our Schools the week of February 5th. Click the link above to take you to the website to learn more! If you're in Philadelphia, the list of events are outlined above. Click the link to go to the FB page for Philly and join the FB events.

The Philadelphia Black History Collaborative is hosting our second annual conference on Saturday February 10, 2018 at Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School (CAPA) from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm. This year's conference theme is Youth-Driven Solutions: Student Ownership of Education and Community Issues. We recently commemorated the 50th anniversary of the 1967 student walkout of Philadelphia high schools, as an homage to those student activists of fifty years ago, and in an attempt to center student voices in the discussions around current education issues and community activism, The Philadelphia Black History Collaborative invites students, educators, community organizers, activists, and community members at large to attend our 2nd annual conference as we remember the legacy of student activist of years past, and celebrate the work of today’s young activists, as we envision solutions to current issues. 

Keynote Speaker: Dana Y. King

Dana Y. King is proud native Philadelphian and a graduate of the Philadelphia Public School System. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Education, and a Juris Doctor degree. In addition to enjoying her years as a classroom teacher for the School District of Philadelphia, she co-authored the curriculum for the mandatory high school course in African American History and led the curriculum team that developed culturally relevant K-12 modules in Africana history, Native American History and European Ethnic History. Her work in curriculum development and community empowerment has afforded her the opportunities not only to train teachers throughout the United States, but to be invited to discuss Africana Studies, Women’s History, culturally relevant curriculum, and education reform in El Salvador, Bahia, St. Croix, Virgin Islands, and Egypt, Africa. 

RSVP at the following link:

Uncle Bobbie's Meet Ilyasah Shabazz: Author Talk and BookSigning 2/17

Meet the Author: Book Talk + Signing
Ilyasah Shabazz + TalkBack Conversation with Dr. Marc Lamont Hill 
Ilyasah Shabazz is the author and daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz. Ms. Shabazz will read from her newest children’s book “Betty before X.” This family-friendly event will include a book reading and talkback conversation with author, professor, and Uncle Bobbie’s owner Dr. Marc Lamont Hill. Bring your family, friends and children. Admission is free. Space is limited. Arrive early. Books will be available for purchase. 

Impacting Your World Church 
5507 Germantown Ave Phila, PA 19144
 (Right Across the Street from Uncle Bobbie’s || Saturday, February 17, 2018 || 2PM-4PM

Penn Museum Celebration of African Culture 2/23

Penn Museum
3260 South St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Time: 11:00am to 4:00pm

Penn Sapelo Black in MSA Banquet 2/23

Join us for the first annual #BlackInMSA Banquet, kicking off Penn Sapelo's Black Muslim History Week at the University of Pennsylvania!
Come dressed to impress, and ready to discuss what it means to be a Black Muslim on college campuses, within muslim communities, and particualrly, within the MSA. There will be a student panel, group discussions, and Spoken word performances as well! Students from any and all universities are invited and welcome! And of course, dinner will be served.
Tickets are free, but please do register so that we can have a good headcount, and we will check tickets at the door.


Arch Room 208

3601 Locust Walk 
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Time: 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Often when we think about Islam in America, we depict it as having arrived via South Asian and Arab Immigrants in the 20th century and the Black community is often and afterthought or a footnote to the narrative. But Islam has been in the fabric of this country since the very beginning, arriving off of the slave ships from West Africa. It is important for all of us, particularly Muslim Americans, to understand what our real history is in this country and recognize the courageous and incredible legacy of Islam's Black origins in America. 

Join Penn Sapelo as we discuss the Black origins of Islam in America, and eat good food! Come and bring a friend!

3417 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Time: 7:00PM to 9:00pm

The Black Muslim Community in America is diverse, and its influence has gone beyond a few well known individuals (like Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali). This event is centered around telling stories that are often forgotten or ignored in the narrative around Black Muslims in America.

Join Penn Sapelo as we discuss and shed light on a few key underrepresented Black Muslim communities through an incredible panel discussion. There will also be a gallery-style exhibit highlighting important Black Muslim Americans that may not be as well known. 

All are welcome and refreshments will be served! Bring a friend with you too! :)

Jon M. Huntsman Hall
3730 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Time: 7:0PM to 9:00PM


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