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Saturday Open Thread

Hello Everyone. Hope you’re enjoying the weekend with friends and family.

Today, we’re going into the archives and pulled out a few of President Obama’s speeches.


White male @JCPENNEY employee assaults a black teenage girl with a headlock

JC PENNEY, Y’ALL! It’s so damn disturbing.

According to reports, the girl was with her family when they were told to leave by the suspect after telling them “they didn’t belong there.” 63 more words

Current Events

Katherine G. Johnson - The Hidden Figure of the Space Race

America’s triumph in the space race has been well documented and repeatedly shared throughout time. We all know that America was the first to put a man on the moon. 760 more words


“And the Rest of America has Remained Silent”: Lynching in Children’s Literature

Racist incidents are up around the US since the election. The fact that this was true after the 2008 election as well is little comfort; the idea of an increase in racism after an election as a “new normal” is not something to which any country should aspire. 1,072 more words

Children's Literature

Fighting for the Proposition that "All Men are Created Equal" Reflections on the Gettysburg Address

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

One hundred and sixty three years ago Abraham Lincoln delivered a few short words at the dedication of the Soldier’s Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 788 more words


Voting as a Battleground: Children’s Literature that Reminds Us Why We Vote

Today is election day in the United States. It has been an ugly election year and people of color (not to mention women) have been put in the spotlight at several moments in the campaign. 931 more words

Children's Literature